The Chinese will counterfeit pretty much anything, even entire cities, as it turns out. Welcome to Tianducheng, the pre-planned community in the middle of rural China that was built as an otherworldly reproduction of Paris right down to
cigarette smoking mimes on every corner the Eiffel Tower, but is now basically abandoned. Well, since there's really not much more to say about it other than that you should totally visit there next time you're near Hangzhou, we just thought we'd show you some interesting photos we found during our brief Google image search.
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Among its similarities with Paris? Clearly, they drink absinthe here as well.
But can you bathe like this in the real Paris? Score one for Tianducheng!
French Paris, Chinese Paris, it makes no difference; this fellow is clearly up to no good.
The spitting image of Robespierre.
Alright, so this isn't actually in Tianducheng and probably has nothing to do with it, but it came up in one of the Google image searches and's clearly hilarious, hence its inclusion.
Parisian Boho chic at its finest.
Blatant PDA? Soooooooo Parisian.
Another benefit? Way fewer tourists.
Look out Henri Cartier-Bresson!
Might as well be wearing a beret.
Trust us, all the great French photographers are using white 2x4s instead of cameras.
What else can we say that hasn't already been said, really? It is the Chinese version of the city of love after all.