~ Copying Consumerism: China Opens World’s Largest Commercial Building

In china, building BIG is sign of Success!!…Chengdu, 4th largest city in China with population of 40 millions (4 Crores), now has world’s commercial building “New Century Global Centre” , size of 329 football fields, can accommodates 20 Sydney Opera buildings inside!

Size of this Mall is 1.9 million sq meters or more than 20 million sq ft (1 million = 10 lakhs). It has…

  • 150 + Malls/Outlets inside!

  • Indoor Aquarium,

  • Indoor Artificial Beach

  • Indoor Water park

  • LCD screen of 150 m (50 Storage high) i.e more than Statue of Liberty (30 storage high)

  • Indoor 5 Star hotel

China Opens World’s Largest Commercial Building

Read further Copying: Now China copies whole European City!

On the other side, by creating world’s biggest construction bubble for faster growth/GDP figures to “Catch/Copy West” mindless rush, ordinary Chinese people seems to be lagging behind the plan…They have to borrow to buy all this high-price places leaving behind their ancestors towns/farmlands, etc to work as labors in big newly constructed cities.

 Read: Ghost Cities & Towns across the World

Such cities now has majority Middle Class people i.e. low-Consumption but high class city malls?? Result will be this…

Urban Decay – Ghost Malls & Ghost City at Tianjin-China

Bad Construction – Topple buildings in China

People fear faulty Escalators at Shopping Malls in China

Newly built Bullet Train Accident in China

– FYI…Japanese Shinkansen Bullet Train, which has carried over 10 billion passengers since launched in 1964, is only bullet train service in the world without any accident!

All this is happening because of mindless fad of Copy West Consumerism agenda leaving behind beautiful 5000+ years’ Chinese legacy & culture…To understand why this Boom & Doom is happening in China or in West, we need to understand 2 basic approaches of human development, a country adopts, which directly depends on its Faith/ Belief systems…

West (Top-Bottom) Vs East (Bottom-Up) Lifestyle:

  •  Top-Bottom approach – Western (Abrahmic 2500+ years traditions)

  • Bottom-Top approach – Eastern/Indian (Dharmic 12000+ years traditions)

In Top-Down approach, top leaders/rulers/Elites plan lifestyle for masses as per their Agenda followed by Propaganda & PR machineries…This approach might be suitable for Western Abrahmics traditions but not eastern Sanatan Dharmic Traditions (Hinduism/Buddhist/Jains/Sikhs) in Asia, where generally Bottom-UP approach works i.e. people decides what they want, rulers/politicians/leaders must plan policies accordingly!

Another important belief comparison, Western Abrahmic tradition focuses more on Objective things than Subjective….Eastern/Indian Dharmic tradition focuses more on Subjective things than Objective!

Thus BIG construction (Objective / visually) or Expensive Project means Good in Abrahmic tradition…not necessarily  true for Dharmic tradition. Dharmic way says, if Big is needed build it, if not required don’t waste resources just for Objective show-off!

 Since last 5000+ years China is like India’s cultural brother & partner with presence of ancient Hinduism/Buddhism (Dharmic) lifestyle, which is Bottom-Up approach….

 Read: India and China shared 50 to 70% of World’s GDP from 0 AD till 1850 AD

Suddenly, since last 30 years, China tried to copy West (Abrahmics Top-bottom) & trying to destroy last 5000 years of social lifestyle without analyzing impact on Social, Emotional & Economical level on people.

Such transformations from “Bottom-Top” to “Top-Bottom” should take slowly in 100 years only if people demands for it… else it would be stressful & wasteful for country.

Ancient Hindu civilization had well planned cities with underground drainage system, planned houses and water channels to every home, etc as per their need.

See Dholavira-Gujarat excavations in India or Mohanjodaro-Harappa cities flourished on the banks of Saraswati & Sindhu Rivers (what west deliberately propagates it as separate Indus civilization to break it from continuous 12000+ years old mother Hindu civilization).

Read: 4700 years old planned Hindu city discovered at Dholavira India

In 19th century, Chandigadh and Gandhinagar planned cities (typical western Top-Bottom approach) were built in India during British time, but till date they couldn’t be important cities in India…However, well planned areas or new suburbs, as per people’s demand (Bottom-Top approach), near big City are popular in Indian cities like Navi Mumbai (New Bombay) or Delhi-NCR, or in Banglaloru, Hydrabad, etc…

Recently, Lavasa near Pune/Mumbai was built as planned city (Top-Bottom approach) in heart of Sayandri hills and riverside, but it is not yet popular as it’s far away from old city. It is now just weekend hangout spot for Pune people to see landscapes and riverside!…Kinnda Ghost city of India??

Lavsa City-near Pune

See- India plans to upgrade top 100 cities as SMART cities as per demand

Hope Indians are learning lessons from this…mindless copying of West is a disaster!

Yes..this also shows too much Materialism & Consumerism destroys civilization!

Read: Gross National Happiness (GNH) or GDP : Which is better ?

Still confuse what to do?? ….Go deep into self-Inquiry and then decide your future path….

Do Deep Meditation- Close Eyes & listen powerful OM vibration….soon you’ll get your answer from within!

OM-India-Hinduism-Deep-Meditation-SpiritualityImage Credit: Screen shot from CBS & OM chanting clips above

Sources: youtube, wikipedia, CBS news, google search, celebrity gossip, OM poem is a comment by SpartanGuts on above youtube clip shared.

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~ Now China copies whole European City!

Too much Copycat! It seems in China people misunderstood “Copyright” as “Copying is Right” 🙂 🙂

See China’s many copycat cities below…

US author Ms Binaca Bosker in her research showing how China had copied whole European (French,Greek,Austrian,German,Italy,Netherland) city and built it for people, not Amusement Park etc, real city for Chinese buyers.

She has visited many such Copycat cities and discussed the impact of it on China and original place’s tourism, etc in her book – “Original Copies: Archetectural Minicry in Contemporary China”

In India, there are some localities/parks which are inspired by famous Archetecures from abroad (see Lavasa City below) but generally people like to Celebrate Diversity and Different local indian culture based Archetecture in various states across India.

Hope Chinese will understand,its actually good to belong to the Different culture, heritage and civilization, not whole world should copy to be  Same (like Clone).

Being Differnt and preserving diversity is good for world society.Each country must preseve their Differnce and  Diversity, Sameness in the World will be boring!

Author Ms Bosker showing Copycat Architecture Rises in China’s Building Boom

Author discussing why Chinese psyche of copycat and its impact on China and Western original cities

Inhabitat Interview: Bianca Bosker Talks About Chinese Duplitecture

Chinese Copycats: The Moola Files

Venice in China -Zhujiajiao Watertown


Paris-France in china

Austrian UNESCO Town in China

German City in China

English Themes Town

Neatherlands Town in Gaoqiao-China

Italy City in China

Manhattan-NY in china

Even after copying and investing huge amount, some are turned into Ghost Cities.
Read my previous detail post –Ghost cities around the world
China’s Empty Cities

INDIA- New Lake city, “Lavasa” near Pune/Mumbai is Mix Indo-European  Archetecuture; inspired from archeteture of European styled river side city mixed with Indian old city style…

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