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Madame Tussauds opened one of its famous waxworks museums just over a year ago in Beijing. But in another part of China a rival facility has been drawing the ire of most of the celebrities it has tried to model.

Images from the Sichuan Huaying Mountain Chinese and Foreign Celebrities Wax House went viral online this month, leading netizens to label it the ‘Wax House of Horror’ (also the Chinese title of the 2005 Hollywood movie featuring Paris Hilton).

According to Bastille Post, the wax figures are “terrible”, with some fans of the stars warning that they want to vomit after seeing them. Many of the celebrity figurines are unrecognisable. Critics say that the actress Maggie Cheung is made to look like a peasant and the singer Jay Chow bears resemblance to a migrant worker.

Perhaps the weirdest of all is film star Zhang Ziyi, whose face looks nothing like her own and who is dressed in highly unflattering sportswear. Zhang’s and Chow’s managers have said they did not approve the inclusion of their clients at the wax house and that legal letters have been sent ordering that they be removed from display.


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