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Shooting fake Japanese soldiers (or dressing up as them) is part of the fun at Chinese theme park

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Visitors use toy weapons to shoot pictures of Japanese soldiers at a theme park in Wuxiang, Shanxi province, China, on Oct. 20.

Visitors at two Chinese theme parks can participate in performances (complete with actors and professional sound and lighting effects) where they can role play as soldiers from the Japanese army or the Chinese Eighth Route Army, one of the main military forces of the Communist Party during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The parks, located near the former headquarters of the Eighth Route Army, cost the local Wuxiang government around $80 million to construct.

Tensions between China and Japan have escalated in recent months over disputed islands in the East China Sea and anti-Japanese sentiment is on the rise in China. 

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A woman dressed as a Japanese soldier runs along a trench during a live-action role-playing game at a theme park in China.

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A boy dressed as a Japanese soldier pretends to shoot.

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Actors dressed as Japanese soldiers pretend to shoot a man dressed as a plainclothes Eighth Route Army soldier during a performance at the Eighth Route Army Culture Park in Wuxiang, Shanxi province, on Oct. 20.

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Actors dressed as Japanese military soldiers and Chinese villagers perform during a show at the Eighth Route Army Culture Park.

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Pictures of Japanese military soldiers are displayed as targets for shooting at a theme park in Wuxiang, Shanxi province, China, on Oct. 20.

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