Sunday, June 19, 2011
China is building a replica of an idyllic Austrian alpine village in a rundown industrial estate in the Guandong province.
The village will be a £5.7billion carbon copy of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage site, complete with artificial lake.
Posing as tourists, the Chinese have been photographing every building there for three years.
The plan was discovered when a Chinese guest at one of the village hotels left blueprints behind.
Publicy, Hallstatters say they are proud that their village has caught the eye of the Chinese. But the apparent secrecy surrounding the project has revived suspicions about outsiders.