Paris, In The Heart Of China

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The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous and most visited constructions. This wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris was built in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair.

The engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company was designing and building the tower, could not even imagine how his masterpiece will gain a huge amount of popularity, and that Eiffel Tower will be one of the most interesting sights to replicate.

However, people in Tianducheng, a housing estate in the suburbs of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China raised their love towards Paris to a higher level. Not only that a 354-foot-high replica of the Eiffel Tower dominates in Tianducheng’s skyline, there are also 12 square miles of Parisian style architecture, fountains and landscaping around it.

Arc de Trimphe, Champs Elysees main square, French neoclassical-style buildings, a fountain from the Luxembourg Gardens – they all can be seen in Tianducheng.

This remarkable and fascinating creation opened its gates in 2007. At the beginning it was so unpopular that it was described as a ghost town. Later, as time has passed, it slowly gained huge popularity, both for Chinese people and for Europeans. The resemblance is astonishing.