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Chinese continue to appropriate Austrian culture

The Local · 14 Apr 2016, 17:09

Published: 14 Apr 2016 17:09 GMT+02:00

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The new project which was revealed to an Austrian delegation in China will involve copying the famous castle Hohensalzburg in the Sound of Music city of Salzburg, and surrounding it with the old town from the western Austria city of Innsbruck.

According to local media, the project is being carried out by Asia's biggest real-estate firm Minmetals, which is the same Chinese company that was responsible for making the Hallstatt clone which has been built in Guangdong Province in China.

When news of the plans to copy Hallstatt was first made public in 2011, there was outrage among locals who noticed that Chinese engineers had been seen wandering the town for months drawing pictures of buildings and measuring streets.

But they later changed their minds and a delegation even went to China for the official opening with the Chinese copycat, thereby sparking massive interest in the original version thanks to the worldwide publicity over the incident.

Innsbruck tourism boss Karin Seiler-Lall said: "We visited the company, and they presented the concept. In Innsbruck they really liked the old town, and in Salzburg they liked the castle."

She said Chinese visitors notched up 200,000 overnight stays last year. They were also big spenders in local shops.

Maximilian Brunner, managing director of the Salzburg Castles and Palaces Association, said he was very relaxed about the plans from China.

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He said: "It did make me laugh, when I read about it, although they haven't made a formal request to me yet for any assistance. But I really like the idea and I'll be pleased when it's finished."

He said he was convinced that it would encourage Chinese people to come and see the original, as long as the copy was made to a suitable standard that did justice to the original.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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