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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.

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"Weihai" aka Vancouver

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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.

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And this is Vancouver in the day:
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And Vancouver at night:
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And here’s the “Weihai” skyline:
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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.