Town In Shanghai Is Inspired To Look Like A British Town

2 years ago by in China, Travel

Seems like there’s a fake English town called “Thames Town” which is about 19 miles away from central Shanghai.

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Thames Town was completed in 2006 and occupies an area of about 1 sq kilometre. It was designed to have a population of 10,000 inhabitants. From the start, it was known that the project was going to be costly, so 5 billion yuan was set aside just to make all of these happen.

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Thames Town was just one of the 9 towns that were built around Shanghai. Each of the 9 towns was built to resemble towns in other parts of the world.

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This Thames Town was inspired by different locations in Bristol, including Dorset and Chester.

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Can you see the similarities? The picture on the left is Thames Town and the one on the right is the real thing, The Cross located in Chester.

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Even though the project turned out pretty good, the village doesn’t really function…

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so it’s sort of a ghost town.

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This town was actually designed to attract the Chinese middle class but most of them bought houses as their second homes. However, the photographer, Reuben Wu, did mention something: “All the shops there had started off as other things – record shops, cafes, restaurants and clothing shops, but most had been shut down.”

 

While it may be a ghost town most of the time, weddings still take place in Thames Town.

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Source: ReubenWuMusicianPhotographer