Over 6 Billion RMB was invested aiming to build an identical copy of the world famous Austria’s Hallstatt in Guangdong China. It’s a commercial development project, and the idea is to build a tourism and resort community. But experts say it has only copied the outlook (maybe), but not even close when it comes to culture, history, and heritage.
The site occupies over 1.1 million square meters (or 1.1 km^2) of subburb land in Huizhou, Guangdong, which is about an hour drive from Shenzhen. It’s developer is one of the biggest real estate companies in China, a state owned conglomerate whose main business was mining. The idea is far from new in China, where you’ve probably already seen the “Eiffel Tower”, the “Sydney Opera House”, “Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile”, etc.
Will these kind of replica projects eventually survive? Without the livelihood of the people like they do in the “original versions”, how long can they stand until they are forgot?
Everything looks fine so far, right? Well, let’s take a closer look at the details and the surrounding area of this brand new “Hallstatt”,
(Note the skyscrapers in the far background)
(Note that how entire hills are teared down to build this replica with dust flying when there’s wind)
There’s no residence in this shiny new town. Just a retail paradise. Full of shops and booths.
You can simply smell the commercial incentives of the project. And the sewer lid is not even properly installed.
To close this blog, let’s take a look of the “real” Hallstatt: