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Beijing's rural village recast as English town

(Shanghai Daily)

09:03, December 16, 2011

Beijing's suburban Miyun County is going to build a large European-style town within five years and no one will be allowed to speak Chinese there, said the county mayor.

Wang Haichen said a local village would be turned into a 67-hectare English castle with 16 courtyards of unique houses. It will offer visitors souvenir passports and ban Chinese speaking to create the illusion of being abroad, Beijing News reported today.

So far 4.5 million yuan (US$708,300) has been invested to transform 16 peasant courtyards in Caijiawa Village into English-style dwellings. Wang told the newspaper that each of the 16 peasant households had received 30,000 yuan of government subsidy.

The county mayor insisted that one courtyard had been turned into a boutique hotel. "We built a laundry center to supply clean bed linens to the 16 households free of charge," Wang said. "We are considering to offer them bicycles and electric bikes next year."

At a local people's congress meeting held on Wednesday, Wang promised to transform Miyun into an international tourism and leisure attraction.

 
 
 
 
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