The American West is alive and well — in China?
Culture crushes aren't just for K-drama fans. Welcome to Jackson Hole, a thriving community of Western-style vacation homes. Only this isn't Wyoming; its a development community outside of Beijing, China.
Left: Jackson Hole, Wyoming; right: Jackson Hole, China ( m01229/Flickr; Allison Smith)
Allison Smith, a designer here in the US, worked with a Chinese developer to create Western-style vacation homes that appeal to the upper Chinese middle class who have a love for Americana from their time either living here for school or from their visits to the States. The homes have aged wooden floors, and about the town you'll find windmills and statues of cowboys. Here's a video by CNN about the town:
CBS also did a news article about this adorable little town.
Just about every major city in the United States has a Chinatown within its city limits. I don't know if we have any resort towns built as an homage to another culture, though. I have to admit, I wouldn't mind owning a Korean-style hanok to where I could spend my weekends I've really come to love that style of home. I loved the house in Personal Taste. What about you? Do you have a favorite house style that you'd love to live in?
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