Queenstown's snow-sprinkled peaks and pristine lakes are
being recreated in a multi-billion dollar development in
The Communist superpower has teamed up with Australian
developers Besgate Group to build a replica of the South
Island ski resort in Xi'an Province, 1,400km west of
The area, ringed by five mountains and with an artificial
lake, is being developed as a gateway to the Terracotta
Warriors tourist site and the Chinese Government wanted a
Several of Sydney's top architects tendered for the job, and
the masterplan was awarded to PTW Architects, who built
Auckland's Vero Centre.
In a separate development, 750km south at Fengdu, another
mini Queenstown is being built to as part of a ski resort
development. It will feature a scenic blue lake, ski fields,
forest train, amusement parks and alpine pastures.
The area will also have a replica Davos, the Swiss city, and
a replica Scottish town.
Copycat architecture, sometimes referred to as
"duplitecture", is a growing trend in mainland China, with
everything from New York skyscrapers to London pubs and the
canals of Venice being built.
A "Rotorua Town" was built in Nanjing province in the
The compound was a gated community.
While not quite on the scale of the Great Wall of China or
the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the
world will also be built there.
The joint public-private project will take about five years
to finish and cost nearly $2 billion.
Anticipating a tourism boom in the area, the developers are
also planning to build several five-star hotels in the area,
which is famous for its Ghost city.
- Herald on Sunday