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Florence, Italy

Located near the port city of Tianjin is Florentia Village, an elaborately designed outlet mall that's meant to resemble an Italian village.

Slide 2 of 12:    The town comes complete with fountains, canals, and mosaics, as   well as "local" shops like Gucci and Prada. Built by an Italian   developer,    it actually feels like Italy.

The town comes complete with fountains, canals, and mosaics, as well as "local" shops like Gucci and Prada. Built by an Italian developer, it actually feels like Italy.

 

Hallstatt, Austria

In the midst of the Chinese province of Guangdong sits an identical copy of Hallstatt, a historic Austrian Alpine village.

Slide 3 of 12:       China spent $940 million copying the charming    UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety.

China spent $940 million copying the charming UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety.

 

Paris, France

A few hours outside of Shanghai you'll come across Tianducheng, a wannabe Paris that features a 354-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Slide 4 of 12:    While    Tianducheng was supposed to house around    10,000 people, it is mostly empty, but still a fully   functioning town that you can visit and spend the night in.

While Tianducheng was supposed to house around 10,000 people, it is mostly empty, but still a fully functioning town that you can visit and spend the night in.

 

Interlaken, Switzerland

Across the river from Hong Kong is Overseas Chinese Town East (OCT), a sort of ecotourism theme park that has a man-made lake and an entire district that's modeled after Switzerland's Interlaken.

Slide 5 of 12:    The area features    a number of different theme parks, like Knight Valley, Tea   Stream Valley, and Wind Valley.

The area features a number of different theme parks, like Knight Valley, Tea Stream Valley, and Wind Valley.

 

Manhattan, USA

The ancient fishing village of Tianjin was razed to make room for a mini Manhattan called Yujiapu Financial District, which developers hoped would become the financial center of the world.

Slide 6 of 12:    It was set to house a Juilliard School and replicas of   Rockefeller and Lincoln Center. Previously set to be completed in   2019,    construction halted,    leaving it mostly empty.

It was set to house a Juilliard School and replicas of Rockefeller and Lincoln Center. Previously set to be completed in 2019, construction halted, leaving it mostly empty.

 

Buckinghamshire, England

Cobbled streets, Victorian homes, and corner pubs make Thames Town, in the Songjiang District near Shanghai, feel supremely English.

Slide 8 of 12:    Some of the buildings are exact replicas of those found in   England. It, like a few more towns on this list, is part of   the"One   City, Nine Towns" residential project, which was meant to   lure people out of overcrowded Shanghai to live out their   European fantasies in one of nine Europe-inspired   villages.

Some of the buildings are exact replicas of those found in England. It, like a few more towns on this list, is part of the"One City, Nine Towns" residential project, which was meant to lure people out of overcrowded Shanghai to live out their European fantasies in one of nine Europe-inspired villages.

 

Berlin, Germany

Rather than building some castle-clad Germanic storybook village, the German architects hired to build Anting German Town, outside Shanghai, decided to be practical and build a modern German Town in China.

Slide 9 of 12:    The city, meant to house almost 50,000 people,    is mostly empty.

The city, meant to house almost 50,000 people, is mostly empty.

 

Amsterdam, Holland

Also known as Pudong's Nederland, Holland Town is a pastiche village made of Dutch stereotypes pulled from Amsterdam and the Kattenbroek neighborhood of Amersfoort, complete with canals and windmills.

Slide 10 of 12:    Some buildings are    exact replicas of those found in the Netherlands, like the   Netherlands Maritime Museum and the Bijenkorf department store in   Amsterdam.

Some buildings are exact replicas of those found in the Netherlands, like the Netherlands Maritime Museum and the Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam.

 

Sigtuna, Sweden

Sweden was also knocked off as part of the overly ambitious "One City, Nine Towns" project.

Slide 11 of 12:    Located outside Shanghai, the North Europe Town is    meant to resemble the Swedish town of Sigtuna and has   Scandinavian influences, including a replica of Sweden's Lake   Malaren and Iceland's House of Parliament. Today, it's a ghost   town.

Located outside Shanghai, the North Europe Town is meant to resemble the Swedish town of Sigtuna and has Scandinavian influences, including a replica of Sweden's Lake Malaren and Iceland's House of Parliament. Today, it's a ghost town.

 

Milan, Italy

The Italian architects of Breeza Citta di Pujiang, also located outside of Shanghai, created a town that's meant to resemble a modern-day Italian city.

Slide 12 of 12:       The result had mostly blocky apartment buildings with a few   scenic canals and green spaces.    Read more:                China has built replica versions of these 17 landmarks                A photographer's drone pictures show some of Asia's most     eye-catching temples from above

The result had mostly blocky apartment buildings with a few scenic canals and green spaces.

 

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