What is it with China and thinking Donald Trump looks like a bird?
A giant rooster statue resembling Trump has appeared outside of a shopping mall in the city of Taiyuan, the capital of northern China's Shanxi Province, CNN reports.
Just last month, Chinese media ran a story that compared Trump to a golden pheasant living in Hangzhou Safari Park. Social media dubbed him the "pheasant-elect."
This new bigly poultry statue was commissioned by the company which owns the mall, Cao Mingliang, the deputy director of planning department from N1 ArtWalk Mall, explained to CNN. He added that the giant rooster-Donald will be the mall's mascot.
"I think the rooster is very cute and funny, the hairstyle and eyebrows look very much like Donald Trump. I'm sure it will attract a lot of customers," Wei Qing, whose company Shenghe Yangtai Business is selling replicas of the rooster, told CNN.
Qing's company isn't the only one cashing in on the rooster phenomenon. CNN reports that at least four other stores are selling the rooster at prices ranging from $57 to $1739, depending on the size, and Cao says that more are on the way.
Some are currently available online at Taobao, a large Chinese e-commerce site owned by Alibaba.
In addition to Trump's likeness, the Trump name also appears to be lucrative in China.
For example, Shenzhen Trump Industrial Co. employs 2,000 people and manufactures toilets and urinals for many different customers. Its founder, Zhong Jiye, told the Washington Post that the company was established and christened "Trump" long before it knew of The Donald, but the coincidence has benefited him.
"People think our brand’s name sounds similar to Donald Trump, and they are interested, because they want to sit on a toilet or use a urinal that has the name of the U.S. president,” he said.
Trump, however, doesn't seem amused.
Over the last decade, the president-elect has lodged 126 trademark applications in China for his last name, the Post reports.
In September, Trump reportedly succeeded in an effort to take back the "TRUMP" name trademark for use on "commercial, residential hotels and immovable property." Those rights were previously owned by a Chinese citizen.
Giant rooster statue in China looks like Donald Trump
A giant statue of a rooster that looks like U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is standing outside a shopping mall in China.
The statue was erected in Taiyuan, the capital and largest city of north China’s Shanxi province, and it heralds the upcoming Chinese Year of the Rooster, according to China’s ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily.
The designer said the piece was inspired by Mr. Trump -- his gestures and hair.
partment from the N1 ArtWalk Mall, CNN reported. And it will serve as the mall’s mascot.
At least four stores are even offering replicas of the giant rooster. They vary in price, starting as low as $57 and climbing as high as $1,739 for those seeking a 32-foot figure, according to CNN.
Another bird bearing resemblance to the U.S. president elect drew attention in China just last month. A photo of “Little Red,” a pheasant with golden feathers, went viral when a journalist from Hangzhou noted that the bird -- at a Chinese safari park -- looked similar to the incoming president, Reuters reported, citing People’s Daily.
“After comparing it with the photos ... we’ve found that not only are their hairstyles alike, their eyes’ expressions are pretty similar,” Gao Hongqiang, the head bird feeder at the Chinese park, told Reuters.
Donald Trump rooster statue takes China by storm
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A giant rooster sculpture, sporting the President-elect's signature hairdo and hand gestures, has been erected outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, in China's northern Shanxi Province.
The sculpture was commissioned by the company that owns the mall and will be its mascot, Cao Mingliang, the deputy director of planning department from N1 ArtWalk Mall, told CNN.
A giant rooster figure, sporting a Donald Trump hairstyle, has popped up outside a shopping mall in downtown Taiyuan, north China's Shanxi Province.
Cao said a series of products and smaller replicas will be available for sale in the future, though some are already being sold on Taobao, the Chinese e-commerce giant owned by Alibaba.
Wei Qing, whose Shenghe Yangtai Business is selling replica roosters, told CNN he thought sculpture was hilarious.
"I think the rooster is very cute and funny, the hairstyle and eyebrows look very much like Donald Trump. I'm sure it will attract a lot of customers," he said.
At least four stores are selling the Trump rooster, with prices starting from $57 to a whopping $1,739 for a statue that's 32 feet tall.
This isn't even the first avian doppleganger Trump has had in China this year.
State-run People's Daily tweeted out an image of a bird sporting a similar hairdo to the President-elect last month.
Trump-related products and gag gifts have proliferated since the real estate mogul announced his candidacy for president.
The most iconic -- the "Make America Great Again" hat -- would eventually go on sale on the Trump campaign website.