Shanghai’s London Inspired Town – Thames Town

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Out of nowhere, in Shanghai’s Songjiang new district, you may stumble upon this extraordinary British-inspired “village” – Thames Town, whose name is derived from London’s River Thames.

We came here during our day trip to Songjiang and almost, for a second, I got all flustered thinking somehow I had been dragged back to the western civilization against my will.img_1651_zps17y0qvai

The relatively new Thames Town was initially constructed in 2006 as part of a One City, Nine Towns plan under the watch of a British architecture firm. Many of the buildings are exactly modeled off of existing establishments in England, including the church in the image above.

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Now, Thames Town has become extremely popular for wedding photography (we saw countless grooms & brides running around with their photographers) and also hobbyists, arms filled with spare lens (I can relate to this feeling).

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Spanish style restaurant that we passed on our walk.

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Sorry, the water wasn’t actually green but somehow my photo filters always come off a bit funky 😦 !img_1601_zpsp5tddp6c

Mmmh..what’s this?img_1602_zpslluvhisa

Mung bean popsicle ~ the perfect cooling sensation to a hot & dripping day.

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Another solution for hot Shanghai days: hide inside an gorgeous air conditioned book shop. Shelves and shelves of western and eastern collections ~ Tong Hua meets Dostoyevsky.

Speaking of Tong Hua, is anyone reading Lost You Forever? Join me in my wallowing ~

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Below us, shelves of books encased in glass.

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Children’s reading room. We recuperated on tiny cushion couches, reading cute little picture books as I make use of my kindergartener level Chinese (its getting better I swear!). img_1628_zps3nfrg8gt

A chapel-inspired reading room complete with illuminated glass and arched bookshelves.img_1629_zpsedrksmgt

Textual details. Honestly, I can’t even imagine studying here with all the distractions.img_1626_zpsixe8c0kk

Amidst casual readers and friends conversing, a photo pictorial takes place.

 

 

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