But the crisis consuming China’s real estate market – which accounted for 13 per cent of its economic activity in 2011 – is cowing the country’s big spenders and their appetite for British Bentleys or Austrian-style chalets.Nor is it just the rich who have seen the value of their investments plunge; legions of middle-class city dwellers have ploughed their life savings into urban property, too.All of which makes salesman Xu Kaigin eager to impress as he leads us past a cordon of security checkpoints and points to a huddle of villas that he thought might appeal to us.We had introduced ourselves as expatriates from Hong Kong looking for investment properties in southern China, where thousands of Westerners do business.
Kim was paid 0K to be the guest of Richard Lugner, an Austrian businessman who has a long history of paying starlets half-a-mil to be his arm candy at the Vienna Annual Opera Ball.
Lugner just did an interview trashing Kim for not sticking to the program, saying, "Kim is annoying me."But we're told she was taking pics with Lugner when a guy who was working the ball came up to her ... She walked away from the guy, but had to stay another hour and a half. A short time later a guy came up to Kim and asked her to dance.
She said she wasn't a good dancer, and then the guy responded, he would dance with her if the orchestra played "N****rs in Vienna." Kim is saying there were other problems.
The replica church, Mr Xu tells us, might be a restaurant, a sports venue or a concert hall.
One thing is more certain: here in communist China, where religious freedoms are tightly restricted, it won’t be used for Christian worship. While the church and the cluster of Alpine buildings look as Austrian as lederhosen, many of the Hallstatt features simply don’t measure up.