Shanghai’s European Suburbs

Chinese urban planners are building new towns with a foreign flair, each mimicking architecture from Europe’s storied cities

(Rémi Ferrand)

Luodian "Scandinavian Town"

Luodian Scandinavian Town
(Rémi Ferrand)

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.


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