East of China, in the coastal province of Zhejiang, is located a 107 meter replica of the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by 12 square kilometers of Parisian-style buildings, fountains and gardens. Conceived as a kind of dormitory town for about 10,000 people, Tianducheng, the Chinese copy of Paris, is not the only one. There are also London, Venice, Austrian towns …

The Chinese view of copying and plagiarism has been widely studied, and more from the Western point of view. The conclusion reached by various authors is that from the point of view of the Asian giant, replication is a way of giving credit to the original work. Whether this exonerates the thousands of tons of fake products being sold from China is another matter. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, He went on to say about it that the problem is that right now the Chinese copies are better than the originals.

“In China, to copy something is to show deep respect for its manufacture. Traditional Chinese society is very hierarchical: there are the masters of its art and many artists copying those masters in every detail, as thoroughly as possible. This is understood as a tribute because the teacher is the great genius ”, he explained about the BBC Ben Goodger, Intellectual Property Expert.

But let’s go back to these strange cities. Doubling as a trend emerged in the 1990s. The opportunity to live in a home that represented the historic greatness of the West was then viewed as an attractive prospect for many Chinese citizens who they had improved economically in recent years.

Tianducheng, su Paris, -also known as City of Heaven- opened its doors to the public as a luxury development in 2007. However, it remained largely unoccupied, as Chinese citizens rejected its strange theme and location, away from practically everything. It can be said that the Chinese replica cities are the counterpart of the Spanish construction boom. Oversizing on all sides that, in many cases, has ended up unusable.