For tourists who travel to China, one thing they may find is the incredible array of designer goods. But caveat emptor!
China is also the land of the knock-off: knock-off designer handbags, knock-off blockbuster movies on DVDs, etc. But now, it seems the knock-off has gone off the charts in terms of proportion: entire buildings.
The Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid unveiled her designs (left in the picture above) for the Wangjing Soho complex in Beijing in 2011. It's now under construction.
But a building that looks a lot like Hadid's is going up in the city of Chongqing, and it may actually be finished first.
Avi Friedman is a professor of architecture at McGill University in Montreal.