Paris, China

A photo tour of the mainland’s astounding tributes to European architecture
Pictured, on the outskirts of Hangzhou, copies of Parisian townhouses, complete with Eiffel Tower. Photograph by Matthew Niederhauser for Bloomberg Businessweek

Matthew Niederhauser started photographing Chinese replicas of European towns in 2010. “I’ve visited dozens of these counterfeit paradises across the country,” he says. “They are all bound up in what it means to live in ‘modern’ and ‘harmonious’ urban environments, key words for officials all over China. Developers are trying to construct ‘civilized’ living environments but have crossed over into the uncanny.” Niederhauser is based in Beijing.

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