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China’s Building A Full-Size Replica of Manhattan
August 4, 2011
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Over the years, China has developed a reputation for knock-offs, from copies of American fast-food chains and Swedish furniture stores to hilariously mistranslated superhero toys. But this time, officials are thinking a little bigger. On a peninsula south of Beijing, Chinese construction workers are putting together a full-scale replica of the Island of Manhattan.

It's not just for show, either. The project is intended to be a fully functional business district, with 9.5 million square metres of office space. The city government of Tianjin, the district where building is taking place, is offering financial firms generous tax breaks to register there.

As you might expect, rebuilding Manhattan from scratch will take some time. Those hoping to wander the streets of Manhattan Two humming Empire State of Mind to themselves in Mandarin will have to wait a while - the project is only two years into a projected ten-year construction plan


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