Tianducheng in China is a replica of the French city complete with an Eiffel Tower.
The city of Tianducheng in China is a replica of Paris, complete with its own 108-meter tall Eiffel Tower, a version of the Arc de Triomphe, and a garden fountain similar to the famous fountain in the Palace of Versailles.
Tianducheng is located in Hangzhou in the Zheijang Province. Development of the city started in 2007 and the city was meant to attract the rich and powerful with its European-style buildings and gardens. There were also plans of building a country club, a hospital, and a school.
The city was made to house up to 10,000 people and includes a gated community and a resort, but it has been called a ghost town by local media because of its sparse population. The Paris-inspired city is surrounded by farmlands and wide dirt roads.
It seems that the city doesn’t have a lot going on currently, but it is said to be a popular site for wedding photography.
Tianducheng isn’t the only European-inspired city in China. China also has a replica of Little London and the Austrian town of Hallstatt.
Take a tour of Tianducheng via this video by Caspar Stracke.
Images via Matthew Niederhauser