The Shanghai Urban Planning Museum has a 1,000 square feet scale model of the most populated city in China (20 million) on their third floor.
Apparently there’s a sweatshop in China that recreates paintings by famous painters. The good thing is that the paintings aren’t sold as a counterfeit copy of the real thing but just as a recreation of the original. This is much better than a print copy as you can actually feel the textures of the paint and see the brush strokes that the painters decided on.
The company that makes the reproductions states that they have 622 galleries with over 5,000 artists working there and not all work are reproductions. Some are originals.
I can’t imagine what the community is like over there. I guessing that it’s like when I was in art school but with 50 times more people and everyone is Chinese.