Lonely Planet Writer

Celebrities up in arms over Sichuan wax museum's models

A wax museum in Sichuan, China has caused a stir with celebrities, who are up in arms with its questionable renderings.

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyiwho has threatened legal action over her wax likeness in a tracksuit.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyiwho has threatened legal action over her wax likeness in a tracksuit. Image by Gabbo T / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Huaying Mountain Chinese and Foreign Celebrity Wax Museum near Chongqing has been criticised for its poor wax renderings of celebrities, several of whom have said they did not consent to the figures. Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, who was rendered in what appeared to be a half-bald head and wearing a tracksuit, said she would begin legal proceedings to have the figure taken down. The museum, which claims it is only an exhibition space for wax artists, has become somewhat of a tourist attraction thanks to its bad renderings, however. Read more: shanghaiist.com