In China, There Are Too Many Giant Rubber Duck Rip-Offs

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The world-famous Rubber Duck art installation is spawning a slew of imitators in China. This weekend, at least ten fake ducks appeared across the country in what could only be called a quack up.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created the original 54-foot-tall inflatable sculpture, which has been displayed in Amsterdam, Osaka, Sydney, and more recently, Hong Kong.

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The sculpture will be displayed until June 9 in Hong Kong, where it has received considerable media attention.

Cities in China seem to long for giant rubber ducks of their own, and on June 1, which was Children's Day, a whole bunch of knock-offs appeared in China.

According to online Chinese reports, there were around ten ducks in various locations, including Wuhan, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Foshan, Xi'an, Dongguan, and more. Though, a Google search seems to indicate there might have been more. Here are some of the ducks:

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Wuhan

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Shenzhen

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Foshan

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Hangzhou

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Changzhou

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Dongguan

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Tianjin

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Nanjing

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Xi'an

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Um...

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This one in Dongguan is the best fake rubber duck.

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Oh dear.

While Hofman is responsible for the original Rubber Duck, the knock-offs were created by construction companies or real estate companies as publicity stunts.

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Traditionally, ducks apparently have nothing to do with Children's Day in China. However, with the recent popularity of the Rubber Duck in Hong Kong, the day seemed as good as for a fleet of giant inflatable ducks. Then again, when isn't a good day for that?

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Photos: 16fan, Eastday, 591hx, Sohu, chesi, 京华网, 环球网, SouthCN, Iszed, Sina, ShanghaiIst

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