Monday, July 1, 2013

China loves to build copycat towns

Look, Listen, Copy – Practice until you get it right; then do your own thing.

That is an adage I created and taught my kids -- a guide to learning in the way an artist does, or as they used to teach cursive writing.

China copies, but it also destroys.  During the period termed “The Ten Bad Years,” China destroyed many antiquities – many with global historic importance.

The problem?  China doesn’t seem to “get it right” – is it that they don’t understand?

They even built a copy of Stonehenge.  But so has Maryhill, Washington

Maryhill Washington Stonehenge

and then there is Stonehenge Aotearoa

Stonehenge Aotearoa 2

Then there is Stonehenge II: Hunt, Texas

Stonehenge II Texas

But Shenzhen, China has Stonehenge Window of the World

Window of the World Stonehenge

How faithful are these and the comic versions made from foam, refrigerators, telephone booths and other weird artifacts of our civilization?

Are the alignments correct, or will we be the laughing stock for future archaeologists – a culture too stupid to alight things correctly. 

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