You don't have to travel to France to check out the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa, or the next best thing. China has built a replica of Paris 6,000 miles away from the famous European city. Looking at the photos, an average tourist might find it so similar that it's almost eerie. Recently, French photographer Francois Prost visited the copycat town of Tianducheng, and created "Paris Syndrome," a series that invites its viewers to compare the two locations.


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While researching what it would be like to live in a town based on one of the most iconic cities in the world, Francois came across several places in China that consciously mimic architectural styles of various European areas. This phenomenon is known as "duplitecture."

Tianducheng is a housing estate in the suburbs of Hangzhou, China. Construction of the town started in 2007 and it was initially developed to accommodate about 10,000 residents. "The monuments look the same, but it’s a totally different context," the Parisian told Wired. "What I like about seeing them side-by-side is that you're kind of lost. You don’t know which is the original or which is the copy." Scroll down to check out his project and upvote your favorites.

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pret atva 4 months ago

No lift in Chinese one

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Nadine Ducca 4 months ago

Notice all the brides and grooms in the Chinese picture? :-) Oh, and this Chinese one is, IMO, hideous. Also, to be specific, the bottom one isn't in Paris. It's the Fountain of Apollo in the gardens at Versailles, and it looks awful in this picture because of the weather. It's actually really bright and beautiful.

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earringnut 4 months ago

Frick'n laser beams

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Flor 4 months ago

i like more china in this one

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Margot Piasecka 4 months ago

That's spooky. One of my favorite places in Paris. Honestly these guys have done a pretty good job. Well if this keeps the people in the region ... why not. Although I would prefer a more individual, creative and own architecture. But IF you make a copy then make it good. Mission completed.

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Aud Mac 4 months ago

Geez, because nobody takes couple pics by the Eiffel tower

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Enomfon Asuquo 4 months ago

Paris one is more romantic

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Cees Timmerman 4 months ago

Would be better with a little variety and star-like street layout.

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JillVille Child Care 4 months ago

Chinese statue has better abs, but the Parisian one has better calves, lol

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Jordy Star 4 months ago

how is `this a rip-off?

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