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    Chinese ‘Duplitecture’ Is Looking Less Eerie 

    Fake it till you make it. The phenomenon of “duplitecture” in China, where developments mimic European landmarks and building styles, are a concrete-and-steel metaphor for poor Chinese planning. Sky City, a Paris-themed community built in 2006 anchored by a one-third-scale Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou, seemed destined to be another ghost town. But a decade later, it and other copies of old Europe are booming, partially because they now allow local flavor like noodle shops and clothing lines injecting new, if not entirely continental, success into spectacular failures.

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