August 29th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

The Eiffel Tower...in China?

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Take a look at La Tour Eiffel and the iconic grand boulevards. The only problem – the crowds of tourists are nowhere to be seen. That’s common for the real Paris this time of year, I suppose, but local media has dubbed this fake Paris a ghost town all year round.

This is Tianducheng, 6,000 miles from the city of light, a luxury development in the outskirts of Shanghai that was constructed in 2007 to attract China's new wealthy. But according to the developers, it is currently only 20 to 30 percent occupied.

Location, location, location is part of the problem. The luxury development sprouted in an area surrounded by farmland and dead-end roads. It is also a symptom of China's property bubble. Ghost towns – even entire ghost cities – are increasingly common sights in China.

In this case, it seems instead of going to fake Paris, the Chinese are going to the real city of lights. 1.4 million Chinese visited France last year, a 23 percent increase from 2011.

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  5. wycjette

    So where are the cnn censors when the comments get hijacked?????????

    August 30, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  6. us_1776

    The Chinese housing bubble is only surpassed by the latest American housing bubble.

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    August 30, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
  7. mountaineer

    This place should be considered to be in the outskirts of of HangZhou, not Shanghai.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  8. beernpizzalover

    Looks about as out of place as that one in Las Vegas.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  9. Patrick

    There are many replicas of the Eiffel Tower. No one really cares about any of them; there is only one Paris.

    August 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  10. Dean

    Built with our dollars.

    August 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  11. Anti-invader

    stupid china.. everything are faked

    August 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • GG

      Vegas Maybe?

      September 1, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • stephen (clt)

      should have consult the fortune tellers...building expensive monuments next to the peasants??? who's idea was that.

      September 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  12. The Doctor

    "Ghost towns – even entire ghost cities – are increasingly common sights in China." - Seems that's getting to be a common problem in many locales. I hear Detroit is great this time of year... plenty of room to explore, with absolutely zero distractions. ^_^

    August 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      I guess getting mugged or murdered isn't a distraction, hunh? (<- pre-emptive dis).

      The Detroit Tigers are World Series bound, the Lions are looking good, the Red Wings are the Red Wings, and even the Pistons might be pretty good this season. No distractions???

      September 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  13. zhao shuyan

    “Project’s Sufferings” of Chinese female postdoc: Zhao Shuyan, a postdoc of Insurance School, University of International Business and Economics(fromJun. 2012 to Jun.2014.) after having had a conflict with former mentor teacher Wang Guojun because the project could not be carried out normally, I submitted the material related to the school, university, and China Postdoctoral Management Committee. At present, new mentor Huang was appointed, but at the beginning of the new academic year, the salary of August 2013 was suspended by the University. I am wondering now that the project funds of 50,000 yuan, funded by China Postdoctoral Foundation applied by me in Dec. 2012 can be used as a reimbursement or not. To this end I decided to go to the University on Monday(2nd,Sept.2013) for asking the related leaders about the reason why the wage was suspended.

    August 31, 2013 at 4:57 am | Reply
  14. Big Bob

    Agenda 21. Coming soon!

    August 31, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  15. Paul

    When will the elite and wealthy of the world begin to realize that even the most poor and pathetic human beings on this planet are worthy of greater investment than real estate that no one needs or wants?

    August 31, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  16. jez

    The Chinese don't understand Imagination, creativity and originality.
    "I know, lets just copy someone else and make it bigger...That will make us cool!!" Sad, reallly.

    August 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Nanson Hwa

      One of the greatest untold secrets of history is that the ‘modern world’ in which we live is a unique synthesis of Chinese and Western ingredients. Possibly more than half of the basic inventions and discoveries upon which the ‘modern world’ rests come from China. And yet few people know this. Why? The Chinese themselves are as ignorant of this fact as the Westerners. From the seventeenth century, the Chinese became increasingly dazzled by European technological expertise, having experienced a period of amnesia regarding their own achievements. When the Chinese were shown a mechanical clock by the Jesuit missionaries, they were awestruck, forgetting that is was they who had invented mechanical clocks in the first place! It is just as much a surprise for the Chinese as for the Westerners to realize that modern agriculture, modern shipping, the modern oil industry, modern astronomical observatories, modern music, decimal mathematics, paper money, umbrellas, fishing reels, wheelbarrows, multi-stage rockets, guns, underwater mines, poison gas, parachutes, hot air balloons, manned flight, brandy, whiskey, the game of chess, printing, and even the essential design of the steam engine all came from China.
      Without the importation from China of nautical and navigational improvements such as ships’ rudders, the compass and multiple masts, the great European Voyages of Discovery could never have been undertaken. Columbus would not have sailed to America, and Europeans would never have established colonial empires.

      September 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  17. Jo

    This Indian guy should stop defecating everywhere...

    September 1, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  18. Skeptic

    Only if China can replicate Paris by housing 2.2 million French citizens there to make it worthwhile.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  19. tiddle

    so, the nouveau rich of china are not that stupid afterall, who can tell the fake paris from the real thing. instead of buying some "luxury" new construction in china, the real thing (hot properties in the real paris) can cost less. they might as well buy the real thing. why should there be any wonders there are ghost towns like this sprinkled all over china???

    September 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  20. Prism

    Easy way to become rich: Chinese businessman well connected to chinese politicans (means paying bribes and keeping everyone happy), takes out 100s of millions in loans for a development project approved by the same politicians that he bribes, unsurps farmland throws out the poor farmers and then builds buildings that he knows will never get occupied. After that, the govt. forgives the loan and the guy goes away millions richer. The chinese banks do this all the time since they are all govt. owned.

    September 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  21. rad666

    A case of "build it and they will come"?

    September 2, 2013 at 4:39 am | Reply
  22. Grumpster

    How much they asking for one of those units? I'll take one.

    September 2, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
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  24. stephen (clt)

    question is....where did they get all the money to build these ghost towns???

    September 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply

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