Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and can cost up to $940 million when it comes to knocking off a whole town.

For years, cheap imitation products from China have plagued purveyors of the original goods.

This imitation has been received with open arms by the residents of the original.

Yes, residents. 

Hallstatt in Upper Austria is one of the nation’s precious jewels. Nestled deep in the beautiful Northern Limestone Alps…
Chinese metals and mining company China Minmetals Corporation spent $940 million to build a replica of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed village that recently opened its doors to tourism.

Here’s the story.

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