Hallstatt (China)

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Hallstatt, China

Hallstatt (Chinese: 五矿·哈施塔特) is a housing development in the town of Louyang located in Boluo County within the city of Huizhou, Guangdong, China. Its urban core is modelled after the small town of Hallstatt in Austria, rated as World Heritage. The center of the area contains a replica of the parish church, the fountain and various other objects from the original Hallstatt town centre.

The housing project was built by the China Minmetals Ltd., a wholly owned Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of China's largest steel and mining company, China Minmetals Corp., (CMC). The name officially used by the operator is "Hallstatt See - Huizhou".


Hallstatt See - Huizhou is considered to be one of the excellent tourist attractions in southern China. It is rated with 4 stars (national highest ranking is 5 stars).

Transport links[edit]

Hallstatt See is located in the economic region of the Pearl River Delta, in the prefecture of Huizhou and here directly in front of the city of Huizhou. Due to the direct affiliation to the city of Huizhou and its infrastructure network, it can also be reached consciously from the nearby southern Chinese economic metropolises such as Guangzhuo, Shenzhen or Hong Kong. Huizhou has an airport, highways and high-speed trains. 6 pairs of high speed trains have been in service for passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Huizhou or from to Hong Kong. It takes around 70 - 80 minutes to finish the distance of 96 kilometers (59 miles) between Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and Huizhou South Station. It takes 30-70 minutes for the nearly 70 Shenzhen to Huizhou high speed trains to finish a distance of 56 km (35 mi). Most of these bullet trains start from Shenzhen North Railway Station, and only 4 start from Futian Railway Station. In the other side, most of them arrive at Huizhou South Railway Station, and a few arrive at Huidong Railway Station. About 20 normal trains are also operated on this route. It takes them 1.5-2 hours to finish the journey.


Reception in Austria[edit]

The original

Hallstatt's mayor Alexander Scheutz first heard about the plans to build a replica of his town in 2011. At that point the construction was already in an advanced state.[1]

While parts of the Hallstatt population viewed the Chinese plans with scepticism, mayor Alexander Scheutz said that he saw a chance in the project for the tourism in the "original" Hallstatt. He personally visited the opening ceremony in 2012 and signed an agreement for cultural exchange.[2]

Similar projects in China[edit]

The construction of Hallstatt is part of a trend in China to mimic or rebuild other parts of the world. While this is one of only a few examples where a whole town layout has been partly replicated (the second being Venice), there are many similar places in China. Other examples include a copy of the Eiffel tower in Tianducheng and several copies of European castles in Chongqing. For other portions of whole cities replicated in China, there is a Manhattan in Tianjin (Yujiapu Financial District) and a copy of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in Hebei Province (Jackson Hole, China). There is also a replica of Venice in Dalian, Liaoning Province, which freezes over in winter.[3][4]

Many of these copycat cities are housing developments for the wealthier Chinese population.


  1. ^ "Exklusiv-Talk - Mit Bürgermeister Alexander Scheutz (Hallstatt)". Brandwork Studios. Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Hallstatt-Double: China weiht nachgebautes Alpendorf ein". Spiegel Online. 2012-06-02.
  3. ^ Van Mead, Nick (October 22, 2014). "Welcome to Venice, China: Dalian copies canals, palaces … and gondoliers". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Architecture, SCMP (October 19, 2015). "Venice of the East? Replica of canal city latest architectural fake to be built in China". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 31 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 23°10′39″N 114°19′35″E / 23.17750°N 114.32639°E / 23.17750; 114.32639