Most people visit China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region to take in the endless steppes and large lakes. But amidst these stunning landscapes, visitors can also find a quasi-Russian fantasy.
In Manzhouli, a city near the border of China and Russia, one of the main attractions is Matryoshka Square (also known as Russian Taowa Square), where you can lose yourself among hundreds of giant matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls. In one section, dolls painted with the faces of Vladimir Lenin and Nelson Mandela are situated beside each other. The especially large red and yellow matryoshka doll at the center of the square measures nearly 100 feet (30 meters) tall, and is actually a hotel open for business.
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