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Chinese Subway Passengers Catch Blunders in Mural Depicting Athens in Turkey

Chinese subway passengers using the subway Line 3 in Xian in Shaanxi province in northern China have recently had a lot to say about the artwork adorning the walls at the newly opened subway line.

It appears the mural’s artists got a little confused when painting the artwork for the line, as Chinese passengers have pointed out in internet comments criticizing the mistakes, according to sources.

According to, online news websites have reported that factual blunders such as a scene showing a Chinese Buddhist monk traveling to India in the 7th century to bring back religious tracts with the Taj Mahal in the background — the problem here is that the Taj Mahal wasn’t built until around 1,000 years later.

But there are even more issues with the murals, the internet critics have pointed out — one of the scenes depicts Athens in Turkey! Other blunders include marking Alexandria and Cairo as cities in Saudi Arabia and not Egypt.

The Xian Academy of Fine Arts was in charge of the design team that oversaw the project and have said that the public should be more tolerant of the artwork, stating that the Taj Mahal represented cultural, artistic and economic exchanges between China and India. As far as the geographical blunders such as placing Athens, the capital city of Greece in Turkey, they said that they might correct this error after verification from the design team.

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