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!! OMG, ya wanna party in France? China built a fake Paris y’all! !!

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Are you on a budget like me? Always wanted the glamour of Paris, but could never afford to go? I hear your cries, and we found the solution: A poor man’s Paris! Let’s do this.
Tianducheng is just a day trip from Shanghai in China’s Zhejiang Province, and you will be showered in the chicness that is Paris (fine print: As seen through a romantic lens of Chinese developer, the Zhejiang Guangsha Company).
Now, this Paris almost has everything. The company planned to build a country club, school, and hospital but I guess they blew their finances on the fake 354-foot replica of the Eiffel tower and a fountain inspired by the famous fountain in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, so that just never happened. (DUH — priorities! Just don’t get hurt or sick while you’re there.)
Oh, and don’t fret about being bothered by any of the stuck up bitches you may encounter in real Paris, because Tiaducheng is a ghost town! Check out a series of photos documenting the city, along with a video tour after the jump.


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[via businessinsider.com]

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    I hate to be THAT bitch, but it’s y’all, not ya’ll. Gosh, what a bitch, right?

    I saw a documentary on this, the company didn’t so much run out of money as the area just never attracted the types and amount of investors they wanted. The place is pretty much a ghost town, surrounded by rice fields and poor farmers. The two guys in the picture taking a bath, are workers who were there to repair some cracked flagstones in the ornate sidewalk. It’s a rather surreal situation.

    Of course they did.

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