The village is Hallstatt and has just 1,000 inhabitants. The Chinese metallurgical company Minmetals undertakes the project. Some Austrian villagers have reacted with indignation; others see it an advertising claim. The country that has been transformed into an art plagiarism of foreign products wants to now play House to House and street to street portion of the picturesque Austrian town of Hallstatt, located on the shore of a lake which, of course, will be also copied. The Viennese daily Die Presse claimed this week that the Chinese metallurgical company Minmetals works in a real estate project in the rich province of Guangdong, which is based on a reproduction of this town of barely 1,000 people.
The website of the Chinese company, describes the project as a sophisticated European style-based residential. The shopping street represents a characteristic town in Austria. According to Die Presse, architects and Chinese engineers visit Hallstatt years ago to lift planes and point details from every corner of this people, who holds the title of World Heritage since 1999. The square of the market and the houses that surround it, the Evangelical Church in 1863, a hotel, several emblematic buildings and even the Lake, although not at the level, will be at the center of a complex of homes and shopping centers and leisure occupy a million square meters in the city of Huizhou. The inhabitants of Hallstatt have reacted between the surprise, indignation and joy at the news that its people will be Chinese copy.
We are not going to allow that to simply imitate our people, said Mayor Alexander Scheutz, who says that she had news that the Chinese company wanted to build houses to Hallstatt style but not an exact reproduction of the village. More optimistic is Pamela Binder, Manager of the tourist office in the region where is Hallstatt, and who has described the news as a gift and a great advertising. That Yes, so do not say that the Chinese only copied, the Asian Hallstatt houses will have larger Windows, something that residents of the original do not allow modify to not alter these protected buildings.