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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.