Spread over 31 square kilometers, this luxurious housing estate, opened in 2007, was modeled after France’s famous “City of Light” with Parisian-style buildings, fountains, landscaping and even its own Eiffel Tower. The replica Eiffel Tower here is over one hundred meters tall, or one-third the size of the original.
The town can accommodate more than 10,000 residents. Initial occupancy was low, with an estimated 2,000 people living in the development by 2013, leading some to label it a ghost town. However by 2017, it was reported that the population in the area had grown to 30,000 and the development was expanded several times.
Tianducheng, also called Sky City mainly attracts urban decay tourists and the occasional wedding couple who come to pose for photographs in front of the Eiffel tower.