China Pirates Austrian Village

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Knockoff Apple Stores are one thing…but a knockoff Austrian village? That’s some hardcore piracy right there, but we guess leave it to China to do, what it does best.

After a year of construction and a price tag of $940 million dollars, the Chinese have successfully recreated the Austrian village of Hallstatt in its entirety over in the Southern Guangzhou Province. And let’s just say not every Austrian’s a fan of having their UNESCO heritage site ripped off. But since China is Austria’s second largest trading partner…what are you gonna do? Sue?!

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The developers planned the village, in the hopes it would prove popular with both wealthy Chinese home buyers and tourists not interested in actually travelling to Europe.

Tourism to the region has exploded from 50 people a year to thousands since the fake Hallstatt opened and a lot of its real estate has already been snapped up. Makes you wonder which place will be cloned next.

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