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 beautiful city in France. 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 photo 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 the architecture designs 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 these side-by-side comparisons is that you're kind of lost. You don’t know which is the original or which is the Chinese knockoff." Scroll down to check out his project and upvote your favorites.

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Nadine Ducca
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Margot Piasecka
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Geez, because nobody takes couple pics by the Eiffel tower

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Cees Timmerman
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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JillVille Child Care
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Dan Lopez
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Cees Timmerman
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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Aunt Messy
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Kat K
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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...

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Chyppa Homer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Margot Piasecka
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Chyppa Homer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Andrew Gibb
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

looks like the Queen of England has been visiting China

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Margot Piasecka
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Andrew Gibb
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Dan Smith
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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Csaba Hegedűs
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Naomi
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Margot Piasecka
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG ... the look of the lady in red. Absolutely nailed it. I will print this pic as a poster ... hahaha ... made my day.

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