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China's fake Sphinx to be demolished following complaints

Published on May 25, 2014 9:37 PM
 
People visit a 20-metre-tall life-size replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza in a village outside Shijiazhuang in north China's Hebei province on May 13, 2014. A replica of Egypt's iconic Sphinx built in northern China will be dismantled after an Egyptian ministry complained about the structure, state media said Sunday. -- PHOTO: EPA

BEIJING (AFP) - A replica of Egypt's iconic Sphinx built in northern China will be dismantled after an Egyptian ministry complained about the structure, state media said Sunday.

A massive replica of the ancient statue was built in Hebei province, the official Xinhua news agency said.

But Egypt's ministry of antiquities complained to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) about the Chinese imitation, it cited a source as saying.

The report quoted an official with a cultural park on the outskirts of the provincial capital Shijiazhuang as saying the imitation would serve only as a temporary scene for shooting movies and television dramas.

 
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