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Beijing, China - October 21, 2005 - A worker cleans the floor at the Zhang Lafitte Chateau Hotel Chateau Zhang Laffitte is no ordinary imitation. It is the oriental twin of Château Maisons-Laffitte, the French architect François Mansart's 1650 landmark on the Seine. Its symmetrical facade and soaring slate roof were crafted using the historic blueprints, 10,000 photographs and the same white Chantilly stone. Yet its Chinese proprietor, a Beijing real estate developer named Zhang Yuchen, wanted more. He added a manicured sculpture garden and two wings, copying the palace at Fontainebleau. He even dug a deep, broad moat, though uniformed guards and a spiked fence also defend the castle. 'It cost me $50 million,' Mr. Zhang said. 'But that's because we made so many improvements compared with the original.' Photo by Natalie Behring
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