A quick guide to fakes and counterfeits in China from Toby

Be warned… China is notorious for fakes, forgeries and counterfeits.  Counterfeiting is now so big from a manufacturing point, officials are reluctant to shut it down completely, since it provides millions of badly needed jobs.

This incomplete historical list is just to give you insight into the breadth and array of the type of things to watch out for….

Fake Fake Adidas Shoes
Known as “Dadiads” or “Adivon” or “Adidoss” or “Adddis” of “Abcids” or “sdidsa” or “Adiads” of “avivas” or “adibos” or “abibas”
Fake Fake Alcohol
Various estimates suggest around 70% of all alcohol in China, rising to 80% in Shanghai, is fake.
Fake Fake Apple Shops
Over 22 fake Apple stores plastered with Apple’s trademarks, layout, furniture, materials design and down to the staff t-shirts and ID tags. The illusion was so perfect that even the employees thought the place was legit.
Fake Fake Apple Watch
fake smartwatches copying Apple’s design started popping up in China the week of launch of the real thing. The Smart Watch by Hyperdon copies the design of the Apple Watch. In fact, it was able to connect to the iPhone, take calls, play music and more.
Fake Fake Armani
known as “Anmani” or “Armwni” or “Girgio Armwni”
Fake Fake Auto Parts
auto parts made in China are unreliable, dangerous knockoffs of well-known international brands. The result is shoddy goods that often make their way around the globe.
Fake Fake Baby Formula
In 2004, 47 people were accused of producing fake instant baby formula that led to dozens of children dying in Fuyang, China, reported CBS News. The formula contained very few nutrients, was likely made of chalk, and made the children develop a “big head disease,” which made their heads swell and the rest of their bodies slowly deteriorate.
Fake Fake Baking Soda
“Arm and Hatchet”
Fake Fake Bananas
Truckloads of fake Dole Bananas called Bole Bananas were seized in 2014 in the south of China.
Fake Fake Banks
Occasionally, a 2nd or 3rd tier city businessman, creates a replica storefront of a major bank, and invites locals to come and deposit money.
Fake Batteries
One-fourth of the Duracell and Energizer batteries are bogus and may only work for two days before they cut out.
Fake Fake Beef (from Pork)
Because pork is less expensive in China, some restaurants have sold it instead of beef – but not before they performed some chemistry on it. What they use are a beef extract and a glazing agent to “marinate” the meat in for 90 minutes. Doctors have advised people to stay away from this fake food product as its long-term use may cause “slow poisoning, deformity, and even cancer.”
Fake Fake Beef (from Rats)
For years, thousands of thieves have been arrested for trying to sell rat meat as beef meat by mixing rat meat with illegal chemicals to process the “beef”.  Sometimes, minks, fox and dogs are used when rats are in short supply. In 2015, 382 cases were uncovered in 3 months with 20,000 tons seized. Further, the producers used banned chemicals to taint the already disease infected meat, and injected river water to pad up the weight.
Fake Fake Beer
Corona and Heineken in particular, the latter known as “Heimekem” – much of this beer is made from tap water and chemicals.
Fake Fake Books
Before the final Harry Potter book was released in 2007, J. K. Rowling knockoffs, including Harry Potter and the Crystal Vase and Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon, made their way to Chinese bookstores.
Fake Fake Boyfriends (or Girlfriends)
TaoBao is the place to go to find a temporary boyfriend as men advertise companionship starting from RMB 1,000 a day. They even charge extra for romantic activities such as hand holding, going to the cinema together, cuddles, or joint Internet surfing.
Fake Burger King
known as “King Burger”
Fake Fake Calvin Klein
known as “Calvim Klain”
Fake Fake Cars
Volkswagen, Fiat,BMW, Mercedes, Buick, Hummer and even Rolls Royce fakes are throughout the highways.
Fake Fake CD’s
Just a few years ago, entire shops, malls and every street corner had places to buy fake and pirated CD’s. They still exist in small numbers, and are now off the beaten track, due to the advent of internet enabled digital downloads and smartphones.
Fake Fake Champagne
far less faked than red & white wine, however the Moet, Dom Perignon, and Veuve Clicquot brands have seen a growing number of fakes in conjunction with their growing popularity.
Fake Fake Chewing Gum
Wrigley’s Doublemint becomes “Wrlgleys Doubiemlnt”
Fake Fake Cigarettes
Most brands, often use chemicals, human excrement, asbestos, dead flies and rats to try and create a similar smoke and smell. Chinese smoke around 2.2 trillion cigarettes a year. The state-owned Chinese tobacco industry actually brings in about 8 percent of the country’s annual budget. Currently, there are about 400 billion fake cigarettes being produced in China, enough to supply each U.S. smoker with 460 packs of fake Marlboros, Newports or Benson & Hedges. Surprisingly, about half of those all come from one place — Yunxiao, a county in the south of China roughly twice the size of New York City and home to 200-plus counterfeit cigarette operations hidden underground. The fake Chinese cigarettes often contain 80% more nicotine and 130% more carbon monoxide than the genuine article, plus occasional insect eggs and human feces
Fake Fake Cities
Replicas of Paris, London, Hallstatt, Holland Village, Sweden Town, Florence and Jackson Hole, Wyoming have been popping up by copycat developers choosing a very specific range of styles and countries to copy. The cities and landmarks copied are those associated with countries and cultures that oftentimes command a lot of influence.
Fake Fake Cognac
most notably the best brands like Remy Martin and Hennessey cognac, however, more and more distributors seem to be selling the real thing, rather than refilling old bottles with cheaper cognac. The problem remains at the individual bar level with bartenders swapping out the expensive for cheaper.
Fake Fake Condoms
Shanghai Police broke up a RMB 12 million manufacturing ring across 7 provinces of fake Jissbon and Durex condoms in 2015
Fake Fake Cosmetics
Zhejiang police seize 1200 boxes of counterfeit cosmetics worth 827 million. Police in Taizhou city seized more than 1,200 boxes of the stuff from a number of underground warehouses in town. Inside the boxes were a range of different high-end make-up brand labels including Chanel, Lancome, Christian Dior and Estee Lauder.
Fake Fake Crocs Footwear
known as “Corcs”
Fake Fake Dolce & Gabbana
known as Docha & Cabanov” or “Dolce & Banana”
Fake Fake Drivers Licenses & ID Cards
originating from one company in Nanjing, insanely high-quality fake driver’s licenses and other IDs are available for every US state and many international countries. The fakes were so sophisticated, in fact, that they could fool not only bouncers and law enforcement officers, but also some bar-code readers.
Fake Fake Dumplings
Making fake meat dumplings in a garage out of leftover animal and bird carcasses by grinding everything together with coloring and extracts. Additionally, CNN uncovered a Beijing warehouse that used recycled cardboard boxes soaked with river water, and ground to pulp by barefooted old ladies to create dumpling fillings when mixed with coloring and seasonings.
Fake Fake DVD’s
Just a few years ago, entire shops, malls and every street corner had places to buy fake and pirated DVD’s. They still exist in small numbers, and are now off the beaten track, due to the advent of internet enabled digital downloads and live streaming apps in China.
Fake Fake Eggs
The fake eggs were composed of gelatin, food coloring, and water, encased in a wax egg shell.
Fake Fake Gillette razors
known as “Gilnghey” or as “Gillehney” or “Gillehe”
Fake Fake Ginseng
A popular medicinal plant, used as a tonic in China for over 3,000 years. Clever vendors boiled the roots in sugar, which makes them much heavier and therefore m