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.

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.

More info: francoisprost.com | Instagram

#1 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

pret atva 1 year ago

No lift in Chinese one

View more comments

#2 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Nadine Ducca 1 year 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.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#3 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

earringnut 1 year ago

Frick'n laser beams

View More Replies...
View more comments

#4 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Flor 1 year ago

i like more china in this one

View More Replies...
View more comments

#5 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Margot Piasecka 1 year 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.

View more comments

#6 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Aud Mac 1 year ago

Geez, because nobody takes couple pics by the Eiffel tower

View more comments

#7 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Enomfon Asuquo 1 year ago

Paris one is more romantic

View more comments

#8 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Cees Timmerman 1 year ago

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

View more comments

#9 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

JillVille Child Care 1 year ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

#10 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Jordy Star 1 year ago

how is `this a rip-off?

View more comments

#11 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Hawk 1 year ago

Many places look like this

View more comments

#12 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Dan Lopez 1 year ago

Looks like they could use a few more AC units in China

View more comments

#13 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Cees Timmerman 1 year ago

Originally planned as a city for around 10,000 inhabitants, the current population of Tianducheng is estimated at around 2,000 people, many of whom are working on a nearby French-themed amusement park.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#14 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Aunt Messy 1 year ago

Parisians would rather DIE than hang their laundry outside. In fact, I think they can get a fine for doing it.

View more comments

#15 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

sno0ps 1 year ago

Bottom : Versailles

View more comments

#16 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Kat K 1 year ago

It just sad, that people on the bottom picture, in real Louvre, seems to be more intrested in taking selfies with it, then actually looking at the painting...

View More Replies...
View more comments

#17 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Acacia Kelly 11 months ago

Paris is so paved, it's kind of depressing.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#18 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Chyppa Homer 1 year ago

Again. Only resemblance is that both buildings are....buildings

View More Replies...
View more comments

#19 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Margot Piasecka 1 year ago

Absolutely. Paris 12 points, China 2 points for trying. In this case nothing compares to the elegant grace of the original

View more comments

#20 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Chyppa Homer 1 year ago

The boy grew up by the time China copied it :D

View more comments

#21 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Andrew Gibb 1 year ago

looks like the Queen of England has been visiting China

View more comments

#22 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Kami 1 year ago

Not the same size ^^

View more comments

#23 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Margot Piasecka 1 year ago

Yeah. At least some real life situation .... some garbage and stuff. 10 points for the copy.

#24 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Andrew Gibb 1 year ago

The Chinese one- I'm a little robot teapot, short and with the feet of a duck...

View more comments

#25 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

sno0ps 1 year ago

Bottom : Versailles

View more comments

#26 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Cees Timmerman 1 year ago

The replicas in China are 1:3 scale.

View More Replies...
View more comments

#27 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Zofla 1 year ago

How dare China have lampposts?!

View more comments

#28 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

#29 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Dan Smith 1 year ago

Notice a certain lack of original artistry, or even vested time in reproduction here in the chinese copies. They could vreate so much more if they put the time in.

View more comments

#30 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Kerri Russ 1 year ago

Not even close.

#31 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Csaba Hegedűs 1 year ago

Wow, there are humans in China too? What a ripoff!

View more comments

#32 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Kerri Russ 1 year ago

Both female... other than that...

View More Replies...
View more comments

#33 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Kat K 1 year ago

OMG that floor!!! what were they thinking??

View More Replies...
View more comments

#34 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Naomi 1 year ago

First Also those are everywhere. Literally go to a target anywhere and you'll find them out front this is no knockoff

View more comments

#35 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

#36 Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Top: China, Bottom: Paris

Francois Prost Report

Csaba Hegedűs 1 year ago

Maaaan...

View more comments

#37

This submission is hidden. Click here to view.

#38

This submission is hidden. Click here to view.

#39

This submission is hidden. Click here to view.

#40

This submission is hidden. Click here to view.