Is it deceptive for Chinese developers to copy an entire Austrian village?

Is it deceptive for Chinese developers to copy an entire Austrian village?
 Will a copy enhance or detract from the original?

Residents of the Austrian mountain town of Hallstatt, population 800, are scandalized. A Chinese firm has plans to replicate the village – including its famous lake – in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, Austrian media reported this week. 

The mayor said he’s stunned but not outraged, and has alerted authorities. But it might have a positive effect on tourism – already at 800,000 visitors yearly – because the duplicate town could act as an advertisement in the Chinese market.

Is it deceptive for Chinese developers to copy an entire Austrian village?
Another Chinese copycat town

In 2006, Thames Town opened near Shanghai. This recreation of a London village, copied after elements from many English towns, is a popular background for many Chinese wedding photos, but has been less successful as an actual town.

– Link found thanks to Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution>>
– Xeroxed Village – Chinese Secretly Copy Austrian UNESCO Town, Spiegel Online>>
– Life in a Carbon-Copy Town, Utne Reader>>

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>