DHAKA: 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’s replica of Hallstatt, a quaint Austrian alpine hamlet, is located in subtropical southern China, report agencies.
The original is a centuries-old village of 800 people and a UNESCO heritage site that survives on tourism.
The copycat is a housing estate that thrives on China’s new rich. China is famous for pirated products, and the replica Hallstatt sets a new standard.
The Chinese Hallstatt features a church spire, a town square ringed by pastel-coloured buildings and angel statues.
They are among architectural flourishes inspired by the original.
BDST: 2122 HRS, JUN 2, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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