We all know China’s obsession to replicate everything from latest technology to designer bags, but did you know that China also has a knockoff of an entire Austrian Village, which opened its doors to the public in 2012.
The new village in China is a full-scale replica of Austria’s Hallstatt, complete with rows of pastel-coloured chalets, architectural finials, and even an exact replica of the town clock tower that characterize the 900-year old original.
The replica of UNESCO World Heritage site, opened amid some controversy, as Hallstatt residents expressed outrage at the idea of the Chinese replicating their historic buildings and threatened to make an appeal to UNESCO to potentially halt the building. However, the town softened their stance, seeing a rare, marketing opportunity at the heart of one of the world’s fastest growing tourism markets.”
The replica which has been built by the Chinese developer Minmetals at a cost of $940 million is located in Guangdong province, about 60 kilometres from Hong Kong.
Some residents of the original Hallstat, a town of around 900, along with their Mayor Alexander Scheutz and an Austrian delegation attended the opening ceremony of the Chinese replica of Hallstat.