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Italian village meets China

Last updated on: June 15, 2012 08:02 IST

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China has constructed a copy of an Italian city called Florentia Village. It's a sprawling 14-acre complex of colonnades and piazzas that boasts its own faux Colosseum and Grand Canal with gondolas that glide under a Rialto bridge.

Let's have a look at this 'Little Italy' in China.

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Image: Let's have a look at this Little Italy in China.
Photographs: Claro Cortes/Reuters

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A bridge crosses a canal that flows through the centre of the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing, located on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin, China.

The shopping centre, which covers an area of some 200,000 square metres, was constructed on a former corn field at an estimated cost of $220 million and copies old Italian-style architecture with Florentine arcades, a grand canal, bridges, and a building that resembles a Roman Coliseum.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A man and a woman walk through a building that resembles a Roman Coliseum at the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A man takes a photograph of a woman outside a fashion store in the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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Pedestrians walk down an alley that resembles a Florentine-style street towards a building that looks like a Roman Coliseumin the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A Chinese national flag flies from buildings resembling those found in an Italian town at the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A security guard drives a small vehicle through a carpark outside the surrounding walls of the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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Two women walk through a building that resembles a Roman Coliseum at the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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An emblem decorates the pavement next to a fountain inside a building that looks like a Roman Coliseum at the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A Venetian Lion emblem adorns the footpath as pedestrians walk across a bridge over a canal that flows through the centre of the Florentia Village.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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A canal flows through the centre of the Florentia Village.


Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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