Want to travel the world without leaving Hangzhou? Look no further than Tianducheng (天都城): Hangzhou’s very own Paris.
by Hannah Lund
Photo Credits: Addie Grosse
Tianducheng, which features its own Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysee, makes for a fine afternoon trip out of downtown Hangzhou, for those wanting to globe-trot without boarding a plane. It began as a real estate development in 2007, and has since become a park for visitors to enjoy. Originally intended to house around 10,000 people, only 2,000 residents have moved since then; probably because it’s so far away from the city center.
All the better for the crowd-avoiding traveler – you can join the occasional wedding couple taking photos in front of the Eiffel Tower, or read a book in peace near the park. Other uses for the often underused landscape have also evolved, such as locals hanging laundry off of stone busts of European figures.
The real draw, of course, is Tianducheng’s 300-foot Eiffel Tower replica. It stands prominent at the end of the Champs Elysee, which is peppered with Parisian-style restaurants built alongside Chinese restaurants.
The lack of foot traffic makes for easy navigation — making it probably one of the few places in Hangzhou without crowds. Recent renovations have added charm to what was once a somewhat eerie spectacle, including a park with a Parisian-style village and cobblestone pathways. If you pay a small fee, you can see The Bell Tower, as well as The Chapel of Love. A beach area also includes boats to rent.
“The lack of foot traffic makes for easy navigation — making it probably one of the few places in Hangzhou without crowds.”
Tianducheng, a Paris within Hangzhou may make its mark as a place to visit on fine days. Who knows? This little City of Lights may just brighten your day.
How to get to Tianducheng, AKA: Paris
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Take the subway line 1 to the Linping terminal station, and get on bus 386 to 星都大道藕花洲大街口 (Xing Du Da Dao Ou Hua Zhou Da Jie Kou) station. Or just get off when you see a giant Eiffel Tower. The entire trip from Wulin Square takes around an hour and a half.Categories: Travel