The Chinese don’t stop at simply making knock-off North Face jackets and Prada bags, they also build knock-off cities and towns. One of the latest “replica towns” to pop up in China is Jackson Hole, Beijing. The development offers a taste of the western lifestyle in the form of three-bedroom cabins that fetch $300,000.
The Chinese Jackson Hole is more crowded, containing some 1,000 single-family houses inspired by rustic lodges in the American frontier. Still, wealthy locals are lured to this sprawling development by the promise of living in the “Wild West.”
After driving past security guards in cowboy outfits patrolling “Route 66” on golf carts, Liu’s husband Lu Jun pulled over their SUV at the end of a cul-de-sac one recent Sunday.
Opening the door to a world of Americana, Liu and Lu — both lawyers in Beijing — proudly displayed their fondness for the United States by adding personal touches to the built-in furniture and decoration that evoke the Old West. She studied and worked in Indianapolis for two years from 2003 to 2005, during which time he visited. – CNN