Paris… in China
Do you like crazy architectural projects? Things like the World islands in Dubai? Or Habitat 67 in Montreal? Well, here’s another one for you. Tianducheng, China, was developed as ‘the Paris of the east’ in 2007, complete with its own copy of the Eiffel Tower. It was reported to be able to house 100,000 residents. There were also plans for a country club, a school, and a hospital.
Unfortunately, these big projects go wrong as often as they go right. Much like the World islands (look at it on Google Maps and marvel at the lack of actual development), Tianducheng never really took off. At last count, there were about 2000 people living there, making it something of a ghost town. Business Insider has a great slideshow of pictures showing the city.
Tianducheng from caspar stracke on Vimeo.