Anyone who hasn’t been to “The City of Light” in France would probably mistake the image above for the real deal, but upon closer inspection, all of the buildings and roads look off. That’s because it’s just a replica of Paris, France in China, called Tianducheng. It was originally planned as a city for around 10,000 inhabitants, but the current population is estimated at a mere 2,000 people, many of whom are “working on” a nearby French-themed amusement park. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Construction at Tianducheng began around 2007 continuing a trend in China to recreate great cities around the world throughout Mainland China. This trend of recreating existing cities of importance in other locations, while strange to some, is one that dates back to China’s dynastic period. Tianducheng is a gated community near Hangzhou, the capitol of China’s Zhejiang province. Its central feature is 108-meter (354-foot) tall replica of the Eiffel Tower and 31 km2 (12 square miles) of Parisian style architecture, fountains and landscaping.