Paris Comes to Shanghai

Paris in ShanghaiA Chinese developer has brought the delights of Paris to a housing estate on the outskirts of Shanghai, including the world's second-largest replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Tianducheng, a gated community near Hangzhou, capital of coastal Zhejiang province, boasts its own Arc de Triomphe and rows of European-style villas to attract China's newly wealthy.

"(It) can house up to 100,000 people comfortably," said Lu Xiaotian, a director at the Zhejiang Guangsha Co. Ltd, the estate's developer.

Only 2,000 people currently reside in the 19 sq km (12 sq mile) complex which opened in June after five years of meticulous landscaping.

But they have the space to sit on the steps by the Bassin de Latone, an imitation of the famous fountain in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, and admire the Eiffel Tower looming above.

Paris in Shanghai
Tianducheng's Eiffel Tower is 108 metres (354 feet) high, second only to the 165-metre replica at the Paris Las Vegas hotel in Nevada, and 8 metres higher than the third-largest in China's southern city of Shenzhen.

Source: Yahoo News
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