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Amazing photos of $50m French chateau in China

Last updated on: August 6, 2012 09:13 IST

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A Chinese multi-millionaire real-estate developer Zhang Yuchen has built an identical replica of the Paris landmark Chateau de Maisons-Laffitte in the suburbs of Beijing for $50 million, according to The Daily Mail.

The original building, designed by Francois Mansart in 1651, is a prime example of French baroque architecture located on the River Seine in a northwestern suburb of Paris, it says.

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Image: A man walks in Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, China.
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A view of the Beijing Laffitte Chateau hotel in Beijing. The replica of France's historic Chateau Maison-Laffitte, the Beijing Laffitte Chateau located at the outskirt of Beijing, is a luxury hotel, spa and wine museum in one, says The Daily Mail.

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It's gardens mirrors that of the original and the house is also surrounded by a moat and vine yards. Guards and staff at the hotel all wear traditional French uniforms, says the paper.

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The site used to be home to wheat fields before Zhang transformed it into a homage to French architecture, according to The Daily Mail.

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Tourists visit the Beijing Laffitte Chateau hotel.

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The original Chateau de Maisons was built between the Seine and the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and comprised of a garden, a small park of 33 hectares and a large outer park of 300 hectares, says The Daily Mail.

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A Chinese man rests on a bike at the hotel.

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Chinese visitors take a tour of the hotel.

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The hotel's entrance is pretty impressive.

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A moat surrounds the beautiful chateau.

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The hotel has a complete look of a chateau.

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Zhang was not entirely happy with the original design, so he enhanced it by adding two extra wings and a manicured sculpture garden, says The Daily Mail.

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Children play at the hotel.

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The hotel is an impressive replica.

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Even the interiors resemble a French chateau.

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Workers clean the road leading to the hotel.

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The hotel also has a seminar centre.

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The owner has left no stone unturned to make the building as impressive as possible.

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He used the original blueprints and 10,000 photos of the building as a guide, says The Daily Mail.

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It has grand architecture, extravagant marble staircases and crystal chandeliers.


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