Tianducheng, the Chinese city that is a copy of Paris (with the Eiffel Tower) – Immobiliare.it News

Not just in Las Vegas: there is a Chinese copy of the Eiffel Tower. Reproduction, on a small scale, can be found at Tianducheng, a suburb in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, about 180 kilometers from Shanghai. But unlike the glittering American city, the Chinese have gone much further, attempting to faithfully recreate all the most famous monuments of the French capital. Even a copy of the Mona Lisa.

What to see in Tianducheng, the Chinese copy of Paris

The construction of this city began in 2007, with the ambition to reproduce the romantic and bohemian charm of the City of Lights. Tianducheng has defied imagination, earning the reputation of being the copy of Paris. An ambitious response, completed by Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and Haussmann-style buildings.

The sidewalks, the elegant streets, the typical materials, a small garden reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles, the bakeries which intoxicate residents and visitors. It is even possible to admire a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. All this, in a small center urban immersed in the Chinese countryside, between rice fields and skyscrapers. A bad copy? Not exactly.

Tianducheng copies Paris: but does it work?

Critics around the world are divided, between those who define it as a failed copy of Paris and those who, on the contrary, find this urban project in full growth. Of course, a miniature Paris cannot recreate the atmosphere of centuries of art, culture, customs and history. The architectural ensemble, however, appears singular, in a country which looks with admiration at the beauties of Paris and its surroundings. European way of life is French.

Built from 2007 by Zhejiang Guangsha Real Estate Company, Tianducheng was supposed to be a paradise for the Chinese bourgeoisie, a place to enjoy Parisian charm without having to make the long journey to Europe. In the early years it was called “ghost town“, far from the image of the overpopulated metropolises of modern China. But recently it has started to become more populated, thanks to falling apartment prices and the lure of cheap “Parisian” living.

Also, citizen services and infrastructure operate efficiently. The city is not overcrowded like typical Asian centers. In a way, we can breathe European air. For experts, Tianducheng represents an emblematic case of globalization and cultural hybridization.

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