Li Liangwei poses with his presidential vehicle. Photograph: Zou Danrong
Lis career as a Trump impersonator is still in its infancy; following his debut in Shenzhen he travelled to the nearby city of Zhongshan to perform at the opening of a lighting store and recorded a commercial for a tea company in his home province of Hunan.
As a presidential impersonator, Li said some product endorsements were beneath him. Hotels, condoms, erectile dysfunction drugs and loo roll, for example, were all out. You cant compare my value to that of toilet paper!
However, Chinas Trump said he would happily attend events being held by Communist party officials or promote karaoke clubs. Everyone enjoys music. A man with zero musical knowledge … is 80% short of being a human being, he mused.
Like Trump, Li is a master of bluster and bravado although his is delivered in a thick Hunanese accent. [Im] no ordinary person now. Im a great man… Im an internet celebrity now! he boasts.
But he is strangely evasive when asked about his fees. If youre a friend of mine, Ill do it for free, he said, adding: You cant put a financial value on my worth.
Other members of Chinas booming impersonator industry which also includes Marilyn Monroes, Elvis Presleys and Luciano Pavarottis are less coy about the fruits of their work.
Ren Shihe, a impressionist from Xian who has spent three decades playing everyone from Leonid Brezhnev to Saddam Hussein, said he charged up to 30,000 yuan (3,400) per appearance.
Zou Danrong, Lis BMW-driving agent, admitted his Chinese Trump was still a work in progress. In a bid to make his black-haired apprentice more convincing he was trying to teach him to be more effeminate, like the real-life Trump, and planned to buy him some blue contact lenses.
A well-known talent agent, Zou already represents a range of world leaders including a Kim Jong-un from Hebei province; a Barack Obama from Guangdong and a Vladimir Putin from Anhui.
Later this year he is planning a scouting mission to the far western province of Xinjiang where he hopes to find a second actor to play the Russian strongman. Large noses and intense blue eyes were rare commodities in China, where about 92% of the population is ethinc Han Chinese, Zou pointed out.
Recently the agent said he had located two potential Xi Jinping impersonators who bore an uncanny resemblance to Chinas president. But for now imitating the president of one-party China was no laughing matter.
China is different from western countries. You couldnt impersonate Xi here, explained Li.
In the US people are free to protest and to hold Trumps photograph upside down. In China no one would dare to do this, he added. Thats politics.
Additional reporting by Wang Zhen