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Old September 21st, 2013, 02:09 PM   #21
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I have 2 say that the French really "do it better" in this case

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Old July 11th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #22
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Chinese secretly copy Austrian town

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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.

Members of the Hallstatt delegation said they were proud to be copied but also disappointed with the way it was done.

"They should have asked the owners of the hotel and the other buildings if we agree with the idea to rebuild Hallstatt in China, and they did not," hotel owner Monika Wenger said ahead of the opening ceremony. "And that was a big problem we had with this project here."

People in Hallstatt first learned a year ago of Minmetals' plan when a Chinese guest at Wenger's hotel who was involved with the project inadvertently spilled the beans. Minmetals staff had been taking photos and gathering data while mingling with tourists, raising suspicions among villagers.
Minmetals Land is the real estate development arm of China Minmetals Corp., China's largest metals trader.

Wenger said she was "disappointed" the company didn't ask permission.

Mayor Alexander Scheutz, who signed a cultural exchange agreement Saturday with the new Hallstatt, was more diplomatic, saying "we are very proud."

While construction was continuing at the Chinese project, in Guangdong province's Huizhou city, about 60 kilometers (100 miles) from Hong Kong, the site was already open to visitors.

But some were skeptical the copycat version would ever match the beauty of the original, a scenic jewel with hill-hugging chalets, elegant church spires and ancient inns all reflected in the deep still waters of an Alpine lake

"Chinese architecture is very characteristic and stylish," said Zhong Ping, a Huizhou resident. "Just work on your own style. Why do you have to copy others? Even the flowers are fake, I can tell they are fake at first glance."




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Old July 11th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #23
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And we thought the Japanese were weird.
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Old July 11th, 2014, 04:39 PM   #24
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I guess they are sort of theme parks!
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Old July 11th, 2014, 05:44 PM   #25
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They look much better than the crap that's being built in Europe nowadays at least. Why can't Europe build cities with that type of architecture anymore?
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Old July 11th, 2014, 05:55 PM   #26
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Very high-quality developments! I don't mind at all having a small percentage of development in this style, especially when done very well.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 10:22 AM   #27
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It looks so fake and plastic.
I find the English town copy the only good one
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Old July 12th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #28
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Notice that the "church" steeple in the Chinese faux version does not have a cross.
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Old July 15th, 2014, 04:11 AM   #29
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It looks nice.
However, it did not put a Soul into..
I think there are many things such like that are seen in China
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Old July 16th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #30
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They look nice when they're new, but give them 2-3 years and things will start falling apart. I've seen it everywhere here.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 01:02 AM   #31
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China is absolutely crazy mad!!
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Old August 29th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #32
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Old August 29th, 2014, 08:49 PM   #33
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Maybe these are a good sets for Chinese film industries.
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Old August 29th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #34
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Wish they would just preserve their own historic buildings and neighborhoods instead of tearing them down and building a faux Europe.
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Old August 30th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #35
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I'm not opposed to building european style architecture outside Europe (or vice versa), but there should be a sense of how the buildings merge with the environment and its history. Singapore and Hong Kong, for instance, have neoclassical buildings due to british colonization. Macau has portuguese style buildings, and so on. But simples to transplant an Austrian village to a new development in China is ridiculous. Its especially sad because it looks like the chinese are ditching their own culture to copy something foreign.
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Old September 1st, 2014, 06:50 AM   #36
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Well done, but creepy at the same time..
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Old September 1st, 2014, 02:18 PM   #37
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:44 AM   #38
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:47 AM   #39
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