Back in 2005 D’log mused

“could a place be “stolen”? I think it could. A team of people with sonic tape-measures, sketchbooks and digital cameras could “steal” a good chunk of the raw information needed to recreate a place”

The Chinese just did it

“After a year of construction and a price tag of $940 million dollars, the Chinese have successfully recreated the Austrian village of Hallstatt in its entirety over in the Southern Guangzhou Province. And let’s just say not every Austrian’s a fan of having their UNESCO heritage site ripped off.”