Shanghai’s European Suburbs
Chinese urban planners are building new towns with a foreign flair, each mimicking architecture from Europe’s storied cities
- By Rachel Kaufman
- Smithsonian.com, June 10, 2010
Luodian, or Scandinavian Town, is a near-replica of Sigtuna, Sweden, right down to the man-made lake mimicking Sigtuna’s Lake Mälaren—but the homage isn’t perfect: the designers added a building modeled on Iceland’s House of Parliament and a replica of the famous “Little Mermaid” statue in Copenhagen. The project reportedly took six years and $800 million to complete.