- By Isaac Stone FishIsaac Stone Fish is Asia editor at Foreign Policy, where he edits, reports, and writes stories from across the region. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Isaac wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea, a country he has visited twice. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Isaac spent seven years living in China prior to joining FP; he has traveled widely in the region and in China. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and PRI, among others.
Chinese tourists can tour dozens of amusement parks, cities, and villages featuring copied wonders around the world, from Eiffel Towers to the White House to the Manhattan skyline, without ever leaving the country. But with all these imitations of foreign wonders, what if they want to visit someplace archetypically Chinese?
Well, there’s always Australia. From CNN:
"There will be no rides or rollercoasters or compulsory dragon motifs. Instead, the park will focus on China’s rich cultural offerings, including streets dedicated to Chinese tea and wine cultures, as well as traditional Chinese medicine.
"Whatever things that are usually connected with Chinese culture will be featured in the park," said ACTP spokesperson Amanda Li…
The park will include a nine-story pagoda, modeled after the Jing’an Temple in Shanghai, as well as gardens and courtyards in styles from different dynasties. "
Have fun with that, post-modernists. Also I’ve been out of China for nearly a year, but if memory serves, Chinese wine culture is mixing a bottle of Great Wall with Sprite or Diet Coke.