China’s wealthy elite have for many years developed a taste for Western food, wine and culture.
The demand for recreations of classical European works of art has also been steadily rising.
The village of Dafen in southern China has become the centre of a big industry, with about 8,000 artists responsible for creating 60 per cent of the world’s oil paintings.
But for the workers painting the fakes, it is all about bringing industrial efficiency to their art.
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Dafen.