Basically, Chengdu is constructing a high end district that will house around 5,000 foreigners — no Chinese allowed. Foreigners, it seems, won’t be able to buy any property in the district, only rent it. The idea, of course, is to attract investment and, to some extent, to control the way foreigners experience the city. Still, we have to ask, is there anyone who thinks this is a good idea?
According to Chengdu Living, netizens have already started calling it a modern day concession, comparing it to the portions of Chinese territory that were carved out and ceded to foreign countries in the 1800s. Foreigners have also expressed concerns about the project, as many enjoy feeling as though they live in a foreign country and not a Westernized ghetto.
Personally, I expect it will be a disaster, and I remain amused by the idea that all foreigners share common cultural practices: “Of course all the foreigners should live together! After all, they’re all from Foreign Country, right? They can get together and celebrate their Foreign Holiday!”
So what do you think? All-foreigner living quarters in Chengdu: a good idea or a disaster waiting to happen?