I live a 15-minute walk away from West Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s version of Rodeo Drive. This busy street is lined on both sides by luxury brand stores and massive high-end shopping malls, almost all of which are now decorated for Christmas. I was walking home via Nanjing Road last night when I passed by one Christmas tree that made me look twice: outside the Plaza 66 mall, a massive tree is decorated with actual Mini Cooper cars, a security guard wandering around its base.

I didn’t have my camera with me yesterday, but I walked back up to the mall this morning and obtained photographic evidence that my eyes weren’t deceiving me. Those really are cars on that tree.