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10 famous cities that China ripped off from the rest of the world — and what they look like in real life

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Some of China’s tourist attractions might look familiar.

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If you happen upon a Venetian canal, a Dutch windmill, or the Eiffel Tower during your stay, you’re not hallucinating. China has a knack for copying famous landmarks, and sometimes entire cities, from around the world.

While some of these imitations could be mistaken for the real thing, others are abandoned ghost towns or remain half-finished construction projects.

Here’s how China’s versions of famous cities around the world stack up to the real destinations.

Venice is known for scenic gondola rides on the Grand Canal.

Florentia Village, near China’s port city of Tianjin, also has a canal.

Florentia Village, near China's port city of Tianjin, also has a canal.
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Venetian Gothic architecture dates back to the 12th century.

Florentia Village was built by an Italian developer in 2011.

Florentia Village was built by an Italian developer in 2011.
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Hallstatt, a historic Alpine village in Austria, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

China’s copy of Hallstatt cost $940 million to build.

China's copy of Hallstatt cost $940 million to build.
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The Eiffel Tower is an emblem of Paris, and recognizable around the world.

Tianducheng’s version of the tower in China’s Zhejiang province is 354 feet tall.

Tianducheng's version of the tower in China's Zhejiang province is 354 feet tall.
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Interlaken is a charming resort town nestled in the Swiss Alps.

The scenery in “Overseas Chinese Town East (OCT)” across the river from Hong Kong is missing the mountain views.

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There’s no mistaking New York City’s iconic skyline.

Construction has stopped on what was supposed to be a mini-Manhattan in China’s Tianjin Binhai New Area.

Construction has stopped on what was supposed to be a mini-Manhattan in China's Tianjin Binhai New Area.
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