FRIDAY FUNNY: Paris In China
In 2007, a town called Tianducheng, located about two hours west of Shanghai, began construction of a miniature Paris. The town—built to support a population of 10,000—came complete with a 300-foot tall Eiffel tower, grey Parisian facades, cobblestoned streets, and Renaissance fountains.But unfortunately, urban planning and common sense were not factored into the new Paris in China. The miniature but grand boulevards are lonely and relatively empty, due to the small detail that the city is in the middle of nowhere and cut off from public transportation. The only visitors are those desperate enough to get their in order to grab snapshots in front of famous Parisian landmarks. Will the town ever support the 10,000 residents it was built to please? As the country grows in population and people seek modern (yet quaint) residences, “Tianducheng and its neo-Classical apartments will be waiting,” according to Smithsonian.com.
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