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Yes you're in China! located in Shuiguan, province of Beijing, near the main sightseeing spot for the great wall of Badaling, this architectural project was inspired and financed by Mrs.Zhang Xin, wife of a chinese real estate promoter. The scale of the project is a complete valley, in which 12 selected asian architects were asked to build each a villa. These villas were decorated by world class designers.
The project was exhibited a the 2002 Biennale di Venezia, and was awarded a special prize.

As it was meant as a ensemble of private houses, it was named commune by the great wall (it is possible to reach the great wall by walking).

It has now grown to 42 villas and is managed as an hotel by Kempinsky, but it is still possible to visit some villas when they are unoccupied.

Having become famous, this location is now also used to making films, fashion photos, and is considered as belonging to ashort list of the most exclusive hotels in the world.

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