Tuesday, August 13, 2013

China's Faux Parisian Village

Photo By ALY SONG/REUTERS
Isn't this a beautiful scene straight out of Paris? Well the catch is, this isn't Paris at all! This is China's faux Parisian village in Tianducheng, Zhejiang province.

The gated community, ie. real estate development, is comprised of a 12-square-mile neighborhood complete with it's own 354' Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles fountain, beautiful French gardens along with rows & rows of buildings sporting Parisian-style architecture. 

Photo By ALY SONG/REUTERS
Construction was started in 2007 with 10,000 residents expected to live in Tianducheng but a recent Reuters article has cited China's faux Parisian village to be a 'ghost town' instead with only 2,000 inhabitants so far after it's June 2013 opening.

Even though Tianducheng has their own hospital, country club, and school, it may be hard to attract new residents to these luxury European villas when prices are rumored to be upwards of USD $1,635 per square meter price tags.

Tianducheng has been popular with Chinese honeymoon couples looking to experience the 'city of lights' with a stay at the Fontainebleau Palace-inspired 5-star Tianducheng Resort. 

So, your choice: Paris or China? If you'd like to stay, find out more at Tianducheng Resort.

 


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