Sunday, 21. September 2014 - 12:09
06. 01. 13. - 19:00
Chinese property developers who've been thwarted in a bid to buy up an entire Austrian village have settled on the next best thing - an entire life-sized replica.
The development - the ultimate Chinese takeaway - will recreate the 12th century wine-producing village Grinzing on the coast of southern China's wealthy Guangdong province.
Vineyard owner Franz Hengl says dozens of Chinese developers arrived in the village last month trying to buy up property.
"They were soon noticed and nobody wanted to sell to them. That's when they told me, 'That's alright - we'll build our own'," he said.
Property prices in the Austrian capital have spiralled in the last year as developers rush in to buy up real estate in the former seat of power of the Hapsburg empire - with Chinese and Russian buyers heading the list of foreign investors.
Grinzing is a popular tourist destination on the outskirts of the city surrounded by vineyards and with numerous taverns in the village centre.
Last year Chinese developers recreated the picture postcard Austrian village Hallstatt, also in Guangdong.
"They have thousands of years of their own heritage. You'd think that would be enough," said Hengl.
Policeman Beating Girl, 13, Divides Romania
A Romanian police officer has resigned after a video that has split the country showed him beating a 13-year-old girl in custody who was part of a gang of convicted killers that preyed on the elderly.
Granny Spinner Likely To Escape With 30 GBP Public Order Fine
The Romanian teenager who grabbed a terrified woman and spun her around in the middle of a street for a "joke" is likely to escape with a 30 GBP fine - because his victim is too terrified to file a complaint.
National History Museum shows ancient gold coins returned from UK
The Romanian National History Museum in Bucharest has exhibited a rare collection of ancient gold coins that had vanished and have now been returned from the UK where the customs had held them.
Romanian woman gives a birth for free in Serbian hospital and then leaves a baby
Hospital staff in the northern Serbian town of Pozarevac where shocked when a Romanian woman entered there, gave birth and then secretly left abandoning the baby.
Arctic opens a new fridge production line in Gaesti
Romanian company Arctic has opened a new fridge production line in the town of Gaesti in the south of the country.
Romanian businessmen discuss cooperation with Oman
Businessmen representing Romanian companies will stay in Oman for two days discussing possible ways of cooperation between the two countries.
Serbia is a homeland of vampires, not Romania, claims American journalist
An American journalist has revealed the homeland of vampires is Serbia, not Romania.
Simona Halep wins a tournament in Sofia
Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has won the WTA tournament in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Emil Constantinescu meets president of Azerbaijan
Former President of Romania Emil Constantinescu has met the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku
Architect of Romanian Parliament Palace dies
The Architect of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest has died.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Chinese Mans Get Rich Plan As Sole Trader|
|God Gets An Indian ID Card With Bribe|
|Acid Bath Gang Caught Red Handed|
|Glass Walkway On 1,900 Metre Cliff In China|
|OAPs Teach Rude Bus Passenger A Lesson|