Here at TheBlaze, we’ve reported extensively on China’s expansive public infrastructure developments that keep builders busy but remain empty because the average citizen can’t afford to live anywhere near them.  But beyond empty housing units and shopping malls, this ambitious building project apparently also captured the imagination of the country’s inner Francophile.

Reuters has snapped some images of a large-scale replica of Paris, France — constructed in Tianducheng, China:

Developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co. Ltd., construction in Tianducheng began in 2007 with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at 108 metres (354 ft) and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least ten thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered a “ghost town”, according to local media.

Bienvenue au… China:

Photos: Paris becomes another Chinese ghost town

(Image: REUTERS/Aly Song)

Photos: Paris becomes another Chinese ghost town

(Image: REUTERS/Aly Song)

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