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.
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>>