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Can You Spot The Difference Between China’s Fake ‘Paris’ And The Real City?
By Izza Sofia, 18 Jan 2018
Images by François Prost and featured with permission
If you want to see the Eiffel Tower and the Versailles, you now have options.
First of course is Paris, France. But if you are looking for something a bit different, you can visit Tianducheng on the outskirts of Hangzhou in China, which includes replicas of these attractions found in the French capital.
The resemblance is so convincing that photographer François Prost decided to capture both cities and showcase the pictures side by side.
The resulting series, titled ‘Paris Syndrome’, pairs each scene with its counterpart across the globe. The city of Tianducheng, also known as Sky City, was built in 2007 and its whole aesthetic is lifted straight from classic Europe.
Prost spent a week photographing Sky City, before returning to Paris where he tracked down the original inspirations of the subjects in his photos.
If you are not from Paris or Tianducheng, it may be hard to match the photo to its country of origin. There are a few images that give themselves away, like the Parisian storefronts branded with Chinese lettering. Sky City even carries the famous Mona Lisa painting, as well as the portrait of King Louis XIV.
Check out the highlights from ‘Paris Syndrome’ below, or take a look at more projects from Prost on his website and Instagram.
[via Fast Co. Design, images by François Prost and featured with permission]
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