7. Thames Town, China
Twenty miles outside of Shanghai you’ll find a taste of merry old England. Built in just three years, Thames Town is modeled after a traditional English market town, and features a century-spanning pastiche of English architecture. Mostly comprised of single-family homes that were snapped up by investors and for use as second homes, a large percentage of the homes are not occupied full-time. And it’s not the only western-themed development in the Shanghai area — you’ll also find German, Dutch, Swedish, and Italian towns, among others.
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