I know everything these days is ‘Made in China’, but Paris? Really?
Tianducheng is the true Inception of cities – A luxury real estate development and Paris look-alike that’s located in Hangzhou, China. Despite China’s well-documented love for all things French, the ambitious development hasn’t translated into success for the developers hoping to cash in on China’s aspirational European tastes. Surrounded by a confusing mix of farmland and wide, abruptly ending roads, Tianducheng is now an eerie ghost town, its population well short of the 10,000 it can support.
The Atlantic’s Henry Grabar summed it up what it’s like to actually walk around Tianducheng:
“Tianducheng, a miniature Paris near Hangzhou, has an Eiffel Tower over 300 feet high, and a replica of a fountain from the Luxemburg Gardens in a main square called “Champs Elysées.” But it also has “a driver in a top hat and tails [who] drives a horse and buggy to a yellow church at the top of a hill, where a Chinese ‘priest’ in black robes and white clerical collar stages Western wedding ceremonies at an altar hung with a cross.”
The city might not be for everyone, but if you:
- Love Paris
- Hate Parisians (and their high prices)
- Watched Scooby Doo and want to solve creepy ghost town mysteries
Then Tianducheng might just be the vacation spot for you!
Check out the photos & video below to see more of Tianducheng.