I finally get my mail key (long story) and check my mailbox today. Inside was a fancy brochure for apartment units in Weihai city in Shandong province.
The place is called Bay Palace and there’s a gorgeous picture of a waterfront and apartment complexes with beautiful mountains as a backdrop.
"Weihai China’s most liveable city" it says. Which is true, I looked it up.
Wow, I think. Weihai really is beautiful. It looks almost like Vancouver (where I’m from). Man, look at those mountains. …Actually, this place looks a lot like Yaletown… there are boats, and that even looks like the Burrard Bridge… Hey, wait a sec, it IS the Burrard Bridge! That IS Yaletown! (all processed in about three seconds)
China art directors, you ought to be ashamed. Ripping off a photo from once the world’s most liveable city and passing it off as China’s most liveable city is not cool and terribly unoriginal. It’s also false advertising.
"Weihai" aka Vancouver
And one’d imagine Weihai to be awfully ugly to be using another city’s pictures, but it’s really not. Here are some photos of the real Weihai.
And this is Vancouver in the day:
And Vancouver at night:
And here’s the “Weihai” skyline:
I’m pretty sure the “Weihai” picture can be found here, under Vancouver Info Centre. Hues changed up a little though.
*None of these pictures are mine. I just borrowed them from the internet.