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   Having copied our electronics, our cars, our household goods, China is now copying whole European cities

23 Nov 2012 05:06 PM   |   13695 clicks   |   Some Guy
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L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  
Next, they're going to copy South Central. There will be staged drive-bys, muggings and crack dealers.

23 Nov 2012 03:03 PM
Revek     
Why Scary?
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23 Nov 2012 04:34 PM
KawaiiNot     
Don't worry. Won't last long. They'll break in a year and they'll have to replace them.

23 Nov 2012 04:34 PM
coco ebert    [TotalFark]  
"We" are suddenly European now? No, America you can't has Europe. Not yours.

23 Nov 2012 04:51 PM
poorjon     
Not to mention disputed border regions with India.

23 Nov 2012 05:10 PM
12349876     
It's just a bigger scale to what Vegas and theme parks have been doing for years.

23 Nov 2012 05:11 PM
KrispyKritter     
monorails and extreme R rating house components in cold areas, low tolerance for drunk drivers, yes USA should be copying

/i can has Made In teh USA Cuckoo Clocks?

23 Nov 2012 05:13 PM
Slaves2Darkness     
Meh, who cares. You ever met a Chink that had an original idea? Me neither.

23 Nov 2012 05:14 PM
UrinalPooper     
How the hell do you make an entire city out of lead and melamine?

23 Nov 2012 05:14 PM
Cpl.D    [TotalFark]  
Stops copies me!

Stops copies me!

23 Nov 2012 05:17 PM
jamspoon    [TotalFark]  
Don't forget the property bubble. They've faithfully reproduced that as well.

23 Nov 2012 05:21 PM
drjekel_mrhyde    [TotalFark]  
Seems like someone is mad they didn't copy a American city yet.
/I would not expect them to have a a Little China town in Beijing.

23 Nov 2012 05:21 PM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  
I think the scary tag was for the fact that China is guaranteed to have a major property value meltdown in the near future. A fifth of the human race lives there.

23 Nov 2012 05:22 PM
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick     
I wonder what Rondon is like this time of year

23 Nov 2012 05:23 PM
ultraholland     
they still haven't perfected the Coke recipe, though.

23 Nov 2012 05:23 PM
Jaws_Victim     
Pretty cool. Now if only they would relocate workers to the villages so they could actually be lived in.

23 Nov 2012 05:25 PM
drjekel_mrhyde    [TotalFark]  

drjekel_mrhyde: Seems like someone is mad they didn't copy a American city yet.


My bad they did copy the idea of ghost cites and towns from America e.g Gary Indiana, soon Detroit, and others

23 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men     

Revek: Why Scary?
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This bit is somewhat scary:

"Rather mysteriously, very little information about the town has been made available since it's opening in 2007. This might be because it's one of the latest in a string of near ghost towns that reveal a very serious problem in China- a property bubble that's about to burst."

It looks like they are following Dubai's economic plan which consisted of people buying houses off-plan with a 10% deposit on a bank loan with the goal of selling the house a few months later, tripling their original deposit, paying back the bank and then putting deposits on three houses, then repeating a few months later with deposits on 9 houses, never intending to live in them and planning on selling to people who also plan to re-sell the property before construction is even complete on the first development.

It doesn't end well.

23 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
robohobo     

HotWingAgenda: I think the scary tag was for the fact that China is guaranteed to have a major property value meltdown in the near future. A fifth of the human race lives there.


So?

/Japanese women are hotter by far
//the only overall hot asian women

23 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
Silly Jesus     
Asians are strange.

23 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
spawn73     

HotWingAgenda: I think the scary tag was for the fact that China is guaranteed to have a major property value meltdown in the near future. A fifth of the human race lives there.


The economy of China is about half that of Japan, that's what matters, not how many they are.

23 Nov 2012 05:26 PM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
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Doesn't look like they copied the indoor plumbing part of the cities though.

23 Nov 2012 05:27 PM
Gordon Bennett     
Those would be fantastic for shooting a film on location.

23 Nov 2012 05:27 PM
Kumana Wanalaia     

ultraholland: they still haven't perfected the Coke recipe, though.


Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

23 Nov 2012 05:30 PM
Farxist Marxist     
So all they need to do now is copy the rude urbanites who don't know how to stand in line and have an air of superiority...oh.

23 Nov 2012 05:30 PM
BlippityBleep     
seriously, so farking wierd! it's like the really annoying person who emulates everybody they hang out with, but way creepier.

23 Nov 2012 05:33 PM
Suede head     

spawn73: HotWingAgenda: I think the scary tag was for the fact that China is guaranteed to have a major property value meltdown in the near future. A fifth of the human race lives there.

The economy of China is about half that of Japan, that's what matters, not how many they are.


Uh, no. China's economy surpassed Japan's several years ago and will surpass the US in the next decade.

23 Nov 2012 05:34 PM
kim jong-un     

coco ebert: "We" are suddenly European now? No, America you can't has Europe. Not yours.


That's right. Like Europeans can design anything new.

23 Nov 2012 05:35 PM
ImpendingCynic     
I can tell that's not really London, there's no wheel clamps on the cars.

23 Nov 2012 05:36 PM
kim jong-un     

UrinalPooper: How the hell do you make an entire city out of lead and melamine?


Well, considering those were major components in many housing products...

23 Nov 2012 05:37 PM
spawn73     

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Revek: Why Scary?
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This bit is somewhat scary:

"Rather mysteriously, very little information about the town has been made available since it's opening in 2007. This might be because it's one of the latest in a string of near ghost towns that reveal a very serious problem in China- a property bubble that's about to burst."

It looks like they are following Dubai's economic plan which consisted of people buying houses off-plan with a 10% deposit on a bank loan with the goal of selling the house a few months later, tripling their original deposit, paying back the bank and then putting deposits on three houses, then repeating a few months later with deposits on 9 houses, never intending to live in them and planning on selling to people who also plan to re-sell the property before construction is even complete on the first development.

It doesn't end well.


I'd think that there's at least some idea behind what they're doing in China. They could imagine that there's a growing middle class that would want to live in these towns.

Dubai on the other hand didn't have a middleclass. They have workers who live in slum, and rich people who aren't going to move. Somehow they sold each other the idea that rich Europeans/Americans would want to live in Dubai.

Du, in the middle of the farking desert, bai. Yeah, that was ever going to happen. I can really see a rich European being torn between whether he'd rather live in Monaco, Las Palmas or Dubai.

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It's still amusing to watch those documentaries on Discovery channel about Dubai (they probably get them for free), about how Dubai can't survive on oil forever, so they're diversifying their economy. And by that, they mean, they're building a lot of stuff in the desert that doesn't actually do anything.

23 Nov 2012 05:44 PM
A Shambling Mound     

spawn73: I'd think that there's at least some idea behind what they're doing in China. They could imagine that there's a growing middle class that would want to live in these towns.

Dubai on the other hand didn't have a middleclass. They have workers who live in slum, and rich people who aren't going to move. Somehow they sold each other the idea that rich Europeans/Americans would want to live in Dubai.

Du, in the middle of the farking desert, bai. Yeah, that was ever going to happen. I can really see a rich European being torn between whether he'd rather live in Monaco, Las Palmas or Dubai.

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It's still amusing to watch those documentaries on Discovery channel about Dubai (they probably get them for free), about how Dubai can't survive on oil forever, so they're diversifying their economy. And by that, they mean, they're building a lot of stuff in the desert that doesn't actually do anything.


There are a number of very good reasons for Europeans and Westerners to not move to Dubai. None of them really have anything to do with the fact that it is in the desert.

23 Nov 2012 05:52 PM
Alonjar     

spawn73: Du, in the middle of the farking desert, bai. Yeah, that was ever going to happen. I can really see a rich European being torn between whether he'd rather live in Monaco, Las Palmas or Dubai.


I would love to be there if it wasnt for the whole middle east islam stuff.


As for the article... China seems really neat sometimes, when you look at it in an unbiased way.

23 Nov 2012 05:52 PM
Gordon Bennett     

ImpendingCynic: I can tell that's not really London, there's no wheel clamps on the cars.


Plus the paving stones are far too even, the bricks too clean and if you look closely you'll spot the phone box isn't filled with tramp urine and adverts for dodgy escort services.

23 Nov 2012 05:56 PM
Ess_Aytch     
China's economy is on the verge of collapse, and within a decade we'll be laughing at people whoever thought that China was going to be the next superpower.

23 Nov 2012 05:59 PM
iron_city_ap     
Wah happen China, stay China.

23 Nov 2012 05:59 PM
spawn73     

A Shambling Mound:
There are a number of very good reasons for Europeans and Westerners to not move to Dubai. None of them really have anything to do with the fact that it is in the desert.


There's certaintly additional reasons, but the desert thing alone is a very good reason.

23 Nov 2012 06:00 PM
GoSlash27     
All this tells me is that the Chinese are just as stupid as the rest of the world when it comes to macroeconomics.
/bubble

23 Nov 2012 06:03 PM
iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
The Russians used to do the same stuff; but for a very different reason. If you're planning to invade a city; it helps to know the layout.

/ the Chinese just like copying the rest of the world.

23 Nov 2012 06:07 PM
Silverstaff     

Suede head: spawn73: HotWingAgenda: I think the scary tag was for the fact that China is guaranteed to have a major property value meltdown in the near future. A fifth of the human race lives there.

The economy of China is about half that of Japan, that's what matters, not how many they are.

Uh, no. China's economy surpassed Japan's several years ago and will surpass the US in the next decade.


Except for the huge bubble they are in.

Notice how they are spending big sums of money on projects like these (and many others), that aren't being used?

The growth in China is an illusion, it's inflated by the state to make them look more powerful. They've got a crash coming too.

Remember how back in the '80's everyone said that by now Japan would be the economic superpower of the world? Yeah, remember how that didn't happen because their economy tanked in the 90's?

Remember how back in the '70's everyone was afraid that the USSR was winning the Cold War because they seemed to have a thriving, robust economy and a colossal military we couldn't seem to match?

Long term geopolitical/economic predictions beyond 10 to 15 years out are little more than random guesswork because the sheer number of variables, including political stress and upheavals, natural disasters, major changes in technology altering the market, and shifting social dynamics.

One big reason they've gone to such extreme lengths to basically throw the Tienanmen Square Massacre down the memory hole is they don't want people even getting the idea of standing up to the system in their heads.

Personally, I'd say China has around 5 years, give or take, before they start crashing in on themselves hard. They are using artificially inflated prosperity to keep the urban populations satisfied and complacent,

23 Nov 2012 06:10 PM
MemeSlave     
"The famous flutings on the famous columns---what are they there for? To hide the joints in wood--when columns were made of wood, only these aren't, they're marble. The triglyphs, what are they? Wood. Wooden beams, the way they had to be laid when people began to build wooden shacks. Your Greeks took marble and they made copies of their wooden structures out of it, because others had done it that way. Then your masters of the Renaissance came along and made copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Now here we are making copies in steel and concrete of copies in plaster of copies in marble of copies in wood. Why?"

23 Nov 2012 06:11 PM
Benjimin_Dover     

Arkanaut: Doesn't look like they copied the indoor plumbing part of the cities though.


They probably did copy it well. Do French dwellings have bathtubs or showers in them? If they do, sure had my nose fooled.

23 Nov 2012 06:15 PM
Slartibartfaster     

Jaws_Victim: Pretty cool. Now if only they would relocate workers to the villages so they could actually be lived in.


Im in Beijing having a coke™ right now so Im getting a kick....

// it has sugar in it
/ real sugar

/ HFCS sucks donkey
// mm donkey sandwiches for lunch (tastes sorta like bison crossed with goat meat, but leaner)

The Chinese export their "copied" stuff
Over here everything is quite authentic.
Beautiful country, the people are very caring I want to stay here.

// So sick of north american artificiality and shallowness

23 Nov 2012 06:15 PM
Indubitably     
To flatter

23 Nov 2012 06:17 PM
Slartibartfaster     

Arkanaut: Doesn't look like they copied the indoor plumbing part of the cities though


Those are on site construction workers.
Plumbing here works fine. Indoors and out (Beijing)
In-line instant heat rocks.

Long long showers.

// Come to China, I love it here
/ Even when they call me "foreigner"

23 Nov 2012 06:19 PM
coco ebert    [TotalFark]  

kim jong-un: coco ebert: "We" are suddenly European now? No, America you can't has Europe. Not yours.

That's right. Like Europeans can design anything new.


You're such an exceptional American, you!

23 Nov 2012 06:25 PM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  

Slartibartfaster: Jaws_Victim: Pretty cool. Now if only they would relocate workers to the villages so they could actually be lived in.

Im in Beijing having a coke™ right now so Im getting a kick....

// it has sugar in it
/ real sugar

/ HFCS sucks donkey
// mm donkey sandwiches for lunch (tastes sorta like bison crossed with goat meat, but leaner)

The Chinese export their "copied" stuff
Over here everything is quite authentic.
Beautiful country, the people are very caring I want to stay here.

// So sick of north american artificiality and shallowness


Wink wink, suuuuuuure.

The Chinese also monitor internet communications and shut down anyone who speaks negatively about them. I totally believe your pro-Communist China sentiment.

23 Nov 2012 06:28 PM
robohobo     

Slartibartfaster:

// So sick of north american artificiality and shallowness


And you're on Fark, why?

23 Nov 2012 06:29 PM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  

Slartibartfaster: Arkanaut: Doesn't look like they copied the indoor plumbing part of the cities though

Those are on site construction workers.
Plumbing here works fine. Indoors and out (Beijing)
In-line instant heat rocks.

Long long showers.

// Come to China, I love it here
/ Even when they call me "foreigner"


Well, fake Paris seems to be in the outskirts of Shanghai, so unless you've been there I think my statement still stands.

In any case last time I was in Beijing the hot water in the bathroom was controlled through a heating unit in the kitchen. Wasn't the most convenient thing in the world. Also, HATED the traffic, and the fact that the city is utterly unwalkable.

23 Nov 2012 06:39 PM
Indubitably     
To walk

23 Nov 2012 06:45 PM
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