China Replicates An Entire Austrian Village

The Chinese are excellent at copying things, though those things are usually movies and scientific papers. But once in a while, they copy a whole town. The latest xeroxed town: Hallstat, an ancient Austrian village that’s home to the world’s oldest salt mine. It was copied right down to its statues and flowers, and built in just under a year, in southeast China.

 

Austrian Hallstat. Photo from Spiegel.de.

 

Lake Street in Austrian Hallstat

 

Street in Chinese Hallstat. Photo from News24.

 

As implied, this is not the first time this has happened. In various parts of China, there are all kinds of heavily European-inspired towns:

  • Antig, a German-style town
  • Nordic Town, inspired by Scandinavia
  • Chengdu British Town, inspired by Dorchester, England
  • Thames Town, inspired by Britain
  • Mini-versions of Venice and Barcelona

 

Chinese Newlyweds Photographed In Thames Town. Photo by Spiegel.de.

 

Of course the Chinese are just the latest among countries rich enough to replicate Europe:

 

Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan

 

Paris, Las Vegas

 

St. Mark's Square from Venice, inside The Venetian in Las Vegas

 

Leavenworth, Washington

 

Germany at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida

 

 

And it’s hardly a one-way proposition:

 

Byodo-In Temple, Oahu, Hawaii

 

 

China at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida

 

 

Chinatown, Philadelphia

 

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From News24 and Spiegel.de, via Slashdot

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