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Sweatshops in China are still very common despite the rapid growth of Chinese economy. 85% of China's poor live in rural areas and many are forced to leave their homes in search of work in urban towns and cities. Usually these workers are victim to poor conditions such as forced and excessive overtime and high levels of occupational disease and injuries.

Sweatshops in China are still very common despite the rapid growth of Chinese economy. 85% of China's poor live in rural areas and many are forced to leave their homes in search of work in urban towns and cities. Usually these workers are victim to poor conditions such as forced and excessive overtime and high levels of occupational disease and injuries.

Tianducheng, in China’s Zhejiang district, began in 2007. It was meant to be a luxurious gated community resembling Paris. The highlight of the town is its 354-foot replica of the Eiffel tower, but plenty of Paris’ other landmarks have been faithfully recreated here. The development was built to house 100,000 people and to draw rural families into a bustling metropolitan area. As of 2007, (the last time the population was counted), only 2,000 souls inhabited the gated compound.

Tianducheng, in China’s Zhejiang district, began in 2007. It was meant to be a luxurious gated community resembling Paris. The highlight of the town is its 354-foot replica of the Eiffel tower, but plenty of Paris’ other landmarks have been faithfully recreated here. The development was built to house 100,000 people and to draw rural families into a bustling metropolitan area. As of 2007, (the last time the population was counted), only 2,000 souls inhabited the gated compound.

one of a number of new-ish but abandoned buildings in China - this one is right next to the site of the ill-fated Ordos 100 project in Inner Mongolia, photo by Kai Caemmerer

12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

one of a number of new-ish but abandoned buildings in China - this one is right next to the site of the ill-fated Ordos 100 project in Inner Mongolia, photo by Kai Caemmerer

Tianducheng - a Paris replica in Zhejiang, China

China tried to build a city to replicate Paris ... Here's what it looks like now

Tianducheng - a Paris replica in Zhejiang, China

Tianducheng - a Paris replica in Zhejiang, China

China tried to build a city to replicate Paris ... Here's what it looks like now

Photographer Raphael Olivier documents the eerie ghost town of New Ordos, China, and its partially complete, mostly abandoned architecture projects.

Inside China's largest ghost town

Photographer Raphael Olivier documents the eerie ghost town of New Ordos, China, and its partially complete, mostly abandoned architecture projects.

Tianducheng - Chinas replica of Paris which is turning into a ghost town

China tried to build a city to replicate Paris ... Here's what it looks like now

Tianducheng - Chinas replica of Paris which is turning into a ghost town

Tianducheng, China a 354-foot replica of the Eiffel tower. Development began in 2007 but now it's a ghost town. #china

China tried to build a city to replicate Paris ... Here's what it looks like now

Tianducheng, China a 354-foot replica of the Eiffel tower. Development began in 2007 but now it's a ghost town. #china

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