Meet China's "Street Of Fakes"

Tyler Durden's picture

From "The Appla Store" to "Sffcccks Coffee", the southern Chinese city of Wuxi has seen a "street of fakes" sprout up that flaunts modified name of famous international stores. As the South China Morning Post reports, on this commercial street, located near the Wuxi East Railway Station, the "shanzai" (translated - knock-offs) are in fact all empty - designed to entice buyers of commercial and residential property in yet another ghost city to lever-up and speculate.


Via The South China Morning Post,

A “street of fakes” has sprouted up in the southern Chinese city of Wuxi, featuring signs that flaunt modified names of famous international stores like Starbucks and Zara.

On this commercial street, located near the Wuxi East Railway Station, clothing stores Zara and H&M have morphed into “Zare” and “H&N,” American electronics company Apple is "Appla," Starbucks Coffee has become the bizarre sounding “Sffcccks Coffee" and even the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has made an appearance – only with one of the characters of its Chinese name removed and replaced with another, rendering the name nonsensical.

H&N, Zara and even the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China have all undergone tiny tweaks to their names.

All of the store signs displaying these famous names are written in fonts that make them appear similar to the real deal from a distance, and China’s netizens have quickly taken to calling the area a “street of fakes” or a “shanzai street.” Shanzai is the Putonghua word for knock-off.

“How could the people that put these signs up possibly be proud of such a thing?” one commentator wrote on Chinese news portal “They are completely ignorant of intellectual property rights.”

Local reports claim that the stores displaying the shanzai signs are actually all empty, and the entire street is property available for purchase by shop owners or landlords. According to reports from internet portal, real estate representatives for the street told reporters that the signs were “pre-made advertising images designed to create a shopping atmosphere” and appeal to prospective property buyers.

All of the shops on this "street of fakes" are empty, local reports claim.


“The real estate operators in charge are engaging in misleading behaviour and should stop this infringement,” said Zhao Jia, a local lawyer interviewed by

Despite this warning, copyright infringement is common in the mainland, and local stores and products have frequently copied the logos or fonts of international brands for recognition purposes. Photos of Chinese stores such as “KLG” (a chicken restaurant similar to international fast-food chain KFC) and “Sunbucks Coffee” (a coffee shop resembling Starbucks) have been virally shared on the internet for years.


Of course, we are sure there is a real economy somewhere under all of this - somewhere...

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AlaricBalth's picture

Just go to 33 Liberty St. In New York. There you will find a building with a fake name more harmful than any in China. The signage says Federal Reserve Bank of NY. The truth is, there is nothing "Federal" about it.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

And, it's not a bank, and there are no reserves.

Luckhasit's picture

HaHa! Spend it soon as you get it for assets.  Funny how those families are still classified. 

And I mean the whole list..

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Chinese advertising copy...

wai pei moa fo blanneim stafu?!

teslaberry's picture

and it's not even in new york. oh wait. 

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I'm afraid once this becomes public knowledge we'll all have to be killed.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Looks like JaUSApan and ChUSAina are both equally fucked by uncle sam's love....


SilverRhino's picture

The perfect place to go buy gold and silver :) 

SilverIsKing's picture

But you don't get gold and silver. You get gofd and sclver.

Papasmurf's picture

You get gofd and sclver.

That would svck!

unrulian's picture

ohh...sorry guys i thought this was bad...FYI i think thats where FS went 

monkeyboy's picture

Brawndo, Butt Fuckers....


Can you get hand jobs @ Sffcccks Coffee?

suteibu's picture

It is difficult to generate much more than a chuckle over this.  Life has become satire.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Chinese citizenism fakery knows no bounds. The roadsides of this street are adorned with fake poo.

But hey, at least it was made in USA. They ordered it from Johnson Smith.

suteibu's picture

Jack's Joke Shop

"If it ain't funny, it ain't worth Jack!"

chump666's picture

What a ridicules country.


willwork4food's picture

That ridiculous country will own your cute little ass in the very near future.

john39's picture

I would rather be owned by the Chinese than the soulless thieving criminals that own the FED

Gankfest's picture

You're stupid... Thanx for the contribution... /rolleyes

Offthebeach's picture

Chicom thieves all paid off with paper notes from Swampland DC and Wall Street paper.

Not my probruum Joe.

Dr. Engali's picture

When I read street of fakes I thought it was going to be a story about Wall street.

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

SF FUCKS is the new Starbucks in china?............i need to get my eyes checked

Zero Point's picture

I was going with Softcocks coffee, but that's cool.

Dixie Rect's picture

I don't think we have time for a handjob, Joe

Rory_Breaker's picture

Forget the hand job, I wanna fuck those titties you got there

Osmium's picture

Boulevard of broken dreams

mumbo_jumbo's picture

"They are completely ignorant of intellectual property rights"


this is and has been no secret about the whole of China.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

Only when it suits them.  Chinese companies are registering patents left and right around the globe.

Papasmurf's picture

How does that differ from the Fed being ignorant of financial rights?

Constitutional Republic's picture

The age old money power decided to shift from West to East, and everything else is a cover story or an excuse for their age old plunder.

It is their intention to move on to gut the Far East, now that they have gutted the West, led by the Rothschilds and their Internationale, traitors to every land they occupy.

john39's picture

They even built a new World Trade Center in china... Look familiar?

SilverIsKing's picture

If they build it with the tail section of an airplane sticking out the side of the building, then it would have been really weird.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Architectural firm is American and same as WTC 7 and new Freedom Tower - Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

Freddie's picture

They better hope that Larry Silverstein does not have insurance on it or any vans show up at 3 am for a week with thermite.

kurt's picture

Or that Dick Cheney's company has the asbestos abatement contract...

Papasmurf's picture

The Chineese are clever that way.  It's a decoy.

Pseudonymous's picture

It's highly disturbing thinking and wondering how far would they go copying from the more "advanced" Americans.

It is probably only a matter of time until they learn (or potentially misunderstand) what the actual relationship between the American government and terrorism is and easy credit is extended for activities imitating the Americans.

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oremus pro invicem

QQQBall's picture

is the g-20 coming to town? 

vxpatel's picture

Go back to sleep....the invisible hand will sort all this out...