Chic Chengdu Real Estate Fair : Chengdu Diary This past weekend, I got sucked into the Chengdu Spring Real Estate Fair. It was hard not to. It was taking place downtown, jamming up traffic. Organizers had set up a big stage out front and brought in pop stars from Hong Kong. I missed those per...
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Chic Chengdu Real Estate Fair

This past weekend, I got sucked into the Chengdu Spring Real Estate Fair. It was hard not to. It was taking place downtown, jamming up traffic. Organizers had set up a big stage out front and brought in pop stars from Hong Kong. I missed those performances, but I did catch a pair of women playing electric violins.

A stage in front of the expo center featured singers and musicians, including this violin performance. Inside, potential home buyers had plenty to explore. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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Inside the four-story expo center, models and then models: women in all manner of evening wear, and miniature layouts of new construction.

Who knew real estate could be so chic?

All told there were nearly 300 booths — all of them developers — a mind-boggling amount of new housing when you think about it.

The Chengdu Spring Real Estate Fair took place downtown at the Tianfu Expo Center, drawing tens of thousands of visitors. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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Prices start at just over 1000 yuan per square meter (roughly $150) for homes in Chengdu's suburbs. More prestigious addresses in the city run from five to ten times that much, for a total cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Later this spring, we're going to look into the real estate market here. We hope to get inside one of these developments, to see what money will buy.

Models in evening wear man the booths at the Chengdu Spring Real Estate Fair. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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