"You might get a bit bored"
Real estate prices in Tiandu Cheng aren’t out of the Chinese middle class's price range. Depending on whether or not they’re furnished, rental properties go from 600 yuans [80 euros] to 3,000 yuans [about 400 euros] a month. Buying properties that are currently under construction can be quite cheap, at around 7,000 yuans [850 euros] a square metre, since buyers would only be able to move into these properties in 2016.Our Champs Elysées is a very lively place with lots of stores. But as Tiandu Cheng encompasses such a large area, not all of the streets are as lively or economically viable, and a lot of stores for the moment remain empty. So unfortunately, if you don’t have a car to go into Hangzhou city or just to move around the area, you might get a bit bored.
"It’s not at all a ‘ghost town’"
I chose to live here because it’s close to my workplace and it’s quiet. My building is typically Parisian - not too tall - and I can see the top of our town’s mini Eiffel Tower [which is 108 metres high; the original is 324 metres high]. It’s a beautiful area that’s well-lit at night. It’s not at all a ‘ghost town’. People who live here generally commute to downtown Hangzhou city. In the evening, everyone comes home, and there are lots of parked cars in the streets … Some areas are still under construction, so of course they’re empty. I’d say there are around 2,000 people living in Tiandu Cheng. We have a kindergarten, a primary school and buses that go into the centre of town.