If you want to visit the home of Shakespeare, where else to go but…China?! Yep, a replica of the famous writer’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is being built in the Chinese city of Fuzhou!
The plans mark 400 years since the death of the English playwright, as well as that of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, whose works include Don Quixote, and Chinese writer Tang Xianzu – two other iconic writers. To celebrate their work, a town called Sanweng (“Three Masters”) is being built in the Chinese city of Fuzhou, in the Jiangxi region.
Included will be “Little Stratford”, a replica of Stratford-upon-Avon featuring Tudor houses, the River Avon and Shakespeare’s birthplace.
There will also be a “Little Alcala” to honour Cervantes and an area dedicated to Tang Xianzu.
Intended as a popular tourist site, the town of Sanweng will also feature a museum of opera, a theatre on a lake and a hotel complete with the geothermal waters which can be found in the Jiangxi region.
IMG: Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Ed Webster / Flickr cc.