Tiandoucheng: China's Fake Paris

Collection with 15 media items created by Gabriel Gauffre

China 15 Nov 2014 01:52

In 2007, a massive project the likes of which can only be seen in China was set in motion: providing housing for 10,000 people in a suburb that copies the iconic architecture of Paris, France. Today, in 2014, even though most of the construction is finished, only 1500 people live in Tiandoucheng, a suburb of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, in South Eastern China.

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China's fake paris 01
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Brides and grooms get their photos taken at the highest point in the park, overlooking the residential community modeled after Paris, France - complete with a miniature Eiffel Tower.

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China's fake paris 02
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The Eiffel Tower in Tiandoucheng is one-third the size of the original in Paris.

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Title photo for the collection
China's fake paris 03
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Cotton from the fields around the miniature Eiffel Tower dries in the streets of Tiandoucheng.

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Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Some shops look like they have started decaying without even being opened for business, like the Lavender Coffee Shop.

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China's fake paris 05
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The entrance of the Tiandoucheng Park enacts a Neoclassical fantasy for visitors to China's "Fake Paris."

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China's fake paris 06
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

A theatre sits abandoned at the end of Tiandoucheng's copy of the Versailles Nativity Gardens.

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China's fake paris 07
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Brides also get their photos taken in the "French Hamlet." The photography session is advertised to cost 50 yuan.

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China's fake paris 08
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Apart from the scenery, nothing differentiates Tiandoucheng from any other Chinese residential community.

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China's fake paris 09
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The Eiffel tower stands at the northern side of the community, with unfinished house units looming in the background.

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China's fake paris 10
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Along with fruits and vegetables, cotton is grown in the fields around the Eiffel Tower.

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Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Large decals cover up the glass doors of businesses that have yet to open.

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China's fake paris 12
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

The Eiffel Tower looks down the central avenue, leading down to the Tiandoucheng Gardens.

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China's fake paris 13
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

Aside from restaurants, most shops are usually devoid of customers.

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China's fake paris 14
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

A fake church sits at the center of the "French Hamlet," its cross out of proportion.

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China's fake paris 15
Tiandoucheng, China
By Gabriel Gauffre
04 Nov 2014

A copy of the Versailles Garden of the Nativity dominates Tiandoucheng Park. The Palace itself, for which the original garden in Versailles was built, is missing.