There's Now a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Chongqing

By Zi Fang, September 19, 2016

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Madame Tussauds, the popular museum that features waxworks of Hollywood stars, sports figures and international celebrities, has just opened a new branch in Chongqing.

The Chongqing venue is Madame Tussauds' fifth in Greater China, with branches also appearing in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Wuhan. The museum's Chinese locations also include wax statues of China's most famous figures in addition to Western celebs.

Wax figures of Prince William and Kate Middleton were on display in Chongqing this earlier this year to promote the new venue, which takes up 2,000 square meters and features more than 50 waxworks.

Yao Ming Madame Tussauds Chongqing
Yao Ming

Bruce Lee Madame Tussauds Chongqing
Bruce Lee

Jackie Chan Madame Tussauds Chongqing
Jackie Chan

Audrey Hepburn Madame Tussauds Chongqing
Audrey Hepburn

Believe it or not, this is not the first wax exhibition in central China. The global success of Madame Tussauds, which has over 400 statues in its London location and a number of branches around the world, has spawned “ugly” versions of the museum in Henan and Sichuan. The former, located in Zhumadian, Henan, was labeled the "worst wax musuem in the world." Don't believe us? Just check out their take on Barack Obama:

Barack Obama wax museum Henan

The Huaying Mountain Wax Museum in Sichuan, meanwhile, has been mocked for its range of "unidentical," "unrecognizable" and "unattractive" wax figures of Chinese celebrities, historical figures and politicians. 

Terrible Wax Museum in Sichuan, China with bad waxworks of Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li  
Waxworks of Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li (from left to right) featured at the Huaying Mountain Wax Musueum in Sichuan.

Madame Tussauds hasn't exactly been perfect with its own waxworks either, with its London location unveiling an off-the-mark figure of Chinese actress Li Bingbing last year.

London Madame Tussauds Li Bingbing

But if Madame Tussauds can't pull off a waxwork, then who really can?

Additional reporting by Bridget O'Donnell

[Images via Lonely PlanetChina.org.cn, Xinhua and Daily Mail]

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