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.

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pret atva
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2 years ago

No lift in Chinese one

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Nadine Ducca
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Frick'n laser beams

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Flor
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2 years ago

i like more china in this one

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Margot Piasecka
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Geez, because nobody takes couple pics by the Eiffel tower

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Enomfon Asuquo
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2 years ago

Paris one is more romantic

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Cees Timmerman
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2 years ago

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

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JillVille Child Care
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2 years ago

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

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Jordy Star
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2 years ago

how is `this a rip-off?

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Hawk
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2 years ago

Many places look like this

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Dan Lopez
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2 years ago

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

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Cees Timmerman
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2 years 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.

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Aunt Messy
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2 years ago

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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sno0ps
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2 years ago

Bottom : Versailles

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Kat K
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2 years 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...

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Acacia Kelly
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2 years ago

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

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Chyppa Homer
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2 years ago

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

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Margot Piasecka
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2 years ago

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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2 years ago

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

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Andrew Gibb
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2 years ago

looks like the Queen of England has been visiting China

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Kami
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2 years ago

Not the same size ^^

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Margot Piasecka
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2 years ago

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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2 years ago

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

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sno0ps
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2 years ago

Bottom : Versailles

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Cees Timmerman
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2 years ago

The replicas in China are 1:3 scale.

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Zofla
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2 years ago

How dare China have lampposts?!

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Dan Smith
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2 years 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.

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Kerri Russ
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2 years ago

Not even close.

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Csaba Hegedűs
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2 years ago

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

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Kerri Russ
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2 years ago

Both female... other than that...

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Kat K
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2 years ago

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

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Naomi
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2 years ago

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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Csaba Hegedűs
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2 years ago

Maaaan...

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