Knockoff News: “Central Perk” Opens in Beijing’s Central Business District

Shanghaiist reports that a replica of the Central Perk coffee shop from the sitcom Friends has opened in an underpopulated shopping mall in Beijing’s newly created Central Business District.

[L]ocal resident Du Xin (aka “Gunther”) has realized a long-held dream by lovingly recreating the famous Central Perk sitcom café virtually brick-for-brick.

“Chinese people were educated by Friends ,” Xin explains. “It taught us how to appreciate our friends and treat our partners. When Ross tells Phoebe ‘everyone deserves their first bicycle’, that was so moving.”

Meanwhile, a second branch of Beijing’s Sex and Da City club has opened near Chaoyang Park, in the Solana complex, which also includes an L.L. Bean store.