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A view of the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on August 1, 2013. Tianducheng started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled-replica of the Eiffel Tower, standing 108 meters tall, and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least ten thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered as a "ghost town", according to local media. (Reuters/Aly Song)

A view of the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on August 1, 2013. Tianducheng started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled-replica of the Eiffel Tower, standing 108 meters tall, and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least ten thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered as a "ghost town", according to local media. (Reuters/Aly Song)

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…

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 farmer carrying a rake walks down a dirt road past a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Tianducheng, developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co Ltd, started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at (354 ft) and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least 10 thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered as a 'ghost town'.

A farmer carrying a rake walks down a dirt road past a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Tianducheng, developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co Ltd, started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at (354 ft) and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least 10 thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered as a 'ghost town'.

Replica of Paris in China becomes ghost town Reuters' photographer Aly Song captures a knock-off Paris in Tianducheng, China. Developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co. Ltd., construction in Tianducheng began in 2007 with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at 108 metres (354 ft) and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least ten thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered a "ghost town", according to local media. (Reuters)

Replica of Paris in China becomes ghost town Reuters' photographer Aly Song captures a knock-off Paris in Tianducheng, China. Developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co. Ltd., construction in Tianducheng began in 2007 with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at 108 metres (354 ft) and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least ten thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered a "ghost town", according to local media. (Reuters)

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

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

A resident stands on the balcony of his Parisian-style apartment. Construction first started in 2007 and although it is near completion and mostly open for business, local media regard Tianducheng as a ghost town, with only 2,000 homes occupied in the 10,000 home development (Reuters)

A resident stands on the balcony of his Parisian-style apartment. Construction first started in 2007 and although it is near completion and mostly open for business, local media regard Tianducheng as a ghost town, with only 2,000 homes occupied in the 10,000 home development (Reuters)

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