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Eiffel Tower replica looms over China's Parisian-style 'ghost town'

Tianducheng, a gated community near Hangzhou, the capitol of China’s Zhejiang province.

A replica of the Eiffel Tower at the luxurious, but largely abandoned, Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Glimpse the Absurd Parisian Ghost Town in the Middle of China

There's an Eiffel Tower in the middle of China. Tianducheng, a Parisian fantasy in the form of a luxury real estate development in Hangzhou, has been gradually built out since 2007. Despite China's 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 considered by local media to be a ghost…

A resident stands on the balcony of his apartment at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province August 1, 2013. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)

Pictured, on the outskirts of Hangzhou, copies of Parisian townhouses, complete with Eiffel Tower

Inside China's Wonderland (after the investors pulled out): The haunting images of a derelict amusement park that make it look more like the set of a horror film