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(Rémi Ferrand)

Shanghai’s European Suburbs

Chinese urban planners are building new towns with a foreign flair, each mimicking architecture from Europe’s storied cities

Thames Town

Thames Town Shanghai
(Tong Lam)

Ironically, the biggest business in Thames Town may be tourism. Despite the ghost-town feel of Thames Town, the area is a popular destination for brides seeking an exotic photo shoot, and an entire industry has sprung up: photographers, flower sellers, and makeup studios all hawk their wares in this slice of London, den Hartog, the urban planner, says.

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