With China clamping down on imitating foreign architecture of late it seems like a good time to visit Shanghai’s “Thames Town”.
This isn’t the first time I’ve visited one of these curiosities: back in 2018 I visited Paris-lite in Hangzhou.
Thames Town is way out in the suburb of Songjiang. I decided to make the trip more interesting by walking there from Qixin Road subway station which is at the end of line 12.
The route was surprisingly rural in places. But there was always some apartment complex or tower block visible on the horizon.
Eventually I got to Songjiang which was once a self-contained town but now merged into the Shanghai suburbs.
It was getting a bit late by the time I finally reached Thames Town, which limited photo taking opportunities. It’s just on the other side of the lake in the picture above.
They’ve done a pretty good job of replicating a generic “English market town”. The houses looked pretty authentic too, although it was hard to get a good look as they all have tall fences around them. I guess the occupants must be pretty annoyed with the number of tourists.