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#1 leia


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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:49 PM

This sounds familiar. I think last time it might have been a a neighborhood in London.

ETA: Not much of a secret if it's being reported on and the people from the original are visiting the grand opening! :rolleyes:

Chinese secretly copy Austrian town

A group of Austrians whose scenic mountain village has been copied down to the statues by a Chinese developer attended Saturday's opening in China for the high-end residential project but were still miffed about how the company did it.
Minmetals Land Inc.'s replica of Hallstatt, a quaint Austrian alpine hamlet, is located in subtropical southern China.
The original is a centuries-old village of 900 and a UNESCO heritage site that survives on tourism. The copycat is a housing estate that thrives on China's new rich. In a China famous for pirated products, the replica Hallstatt sets a new standard.
The Chinese Hallstatt features a church spire, a town square ringed by pastel-colored buildings and angel statues. They're among architectural flourishes inspired by the original, a centuries-old village of 900.

More: http://www.news24.co...n-town-20120604

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