It's been a while since I've inputed on the so-called "Vancouver" developments on both sides of Taiwan Strait. Lately there have been a few more related developments on the Mainland, so here they are!
[NOTE: All websites are in Chinese unless otherwise noted, but I am sure readers who know the language are able to verify the articles' truthfullness. Nonetheless you can still click on the the pics so see them in detail. Pictures courtesy of the links provided below]
[EDIT: Damn, looks like I can't edit the title of the thread to avoid political reprucussions after adding Taiwan developments.]
(紅橡華園 - roughly "The Red Oak Grand") - Changsha, Hunan (The city that is trying to one-up the Burj Khalifa with the Sky City tower)
Vancouver arrives in Changsha - says the billboard below:
- Harbin, Heilongjiang (The word is out: Vancouver is giving wood [strictly in Catan terms] to the chilly Manchurian city. Plus, when you write it in Chinese according to the pic below, 温哥华森林 = Vancouver Forest, which sounds quite familiar to the CMHC-involved project in Beijing mentioned earlier...
The small Chinese writing below the Vancouver Wood sign suggests it to be "Harbin's Premiere North-American Lifestyle Up-Scale Resort Community"
(Courtesy of SouFun.com)
(半山世家 - roughly translated to "Majestic Residences on the Hill") - Beijing
In this story two months ago,
the developers talked about how Vancouver's "healthy lifestyles, livability and accessibility to natural beauty within short distances from downtown" influenced the design and aesthetics of the project. (I am not sure how that would fit with a place you can see beyond a few metres in extreme smog and sandstorms from the Ordos Desert).
But with Vancouver Forest being immensely popular, it is not surprising to see other developers following suit with similar developments throughout Mainland China.
(img courtesy once again of SouFun.com)
Vancouver Water City
(a rough translation of 溫哥華水城) - Chengdu, Sichuan (Szechuan) - This one's completed circa 2004, but google always comes up with wonders.
Huaxin Shanshui Wenyuan
- (華信山水文園 - or literally in babel-fish-style "Huaxin Mountain Water Literary Gardens"
[with Huaxin being the developer's name]) - Handan, Hebei - AKA "Vancouver Forest (Handan)" before the name change
According to the website's description:
"Vancouver in North America ranks numero uno in the world's top livable cities. The residential environment of North America combines the world's finest in landscaping, with America's freedom/liberty (WTF? - my quote), liveliness, and willingness to innovate - creating a unique surrounding. Ancient Handan's environment (in terms of distinctiveness of the four seasons) matches to that of Vancouver's, hence is able to transition and incorporate the beauty of Vancouver into the community."