Leave it to the Chinese to find the next best thing.
The Interlaken OCT Hotel opened last month as a full-scale Swiss village...just outside of Hong Kong. Set on picturesque (albeit manmade) Lake Interlaken, the streets are lined with Alpine-style "gingerbread houses," as well as a 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor spa and championship-level golf course. Though next winter won't bring snow to these mountains, it does promise a waterfall theme park (with the world's largest flume ride) and a cable car to the mountaintop restaurant, with first-class cuisine and views of the Alps—er, subtropical tea plantations.
The town's centerpiece is the Interlaken Hotel, the sprawling five-star castle compound its Swiss counterpart never had. With 299 rooms, four restaurants and a 1,000-seat theater, the hotel has the population potential of China—but, as seen in the towering ceilings, stained-glass windows and "wine altar" of the Gothic Bar, the sense of old Europe. Though every spacious room features an LCD TV and scenic views, it's the 2,700-square-foot Presidential Suite (with private dining and living rooms, lake views and a 24-hour butler) that has the feel and the size of a luxury Alpine chalet.
So: Willkommen to China. Or should we say, huan ying guang lin to Switzerland.