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7 of the World’s Most Unusual Towns


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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:21AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Thanks for this interesting article

10:08PM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks---very interesting. I enjoined it.

12:16AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks Katie.

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2:08AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I want to really check out Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

5:57PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thame Town China is oddly bizzarre.

3:50PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

WOW!!! I'd probably avoid most of these for a visit but very interesting to know they exist!!!

3:03PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Must add some of these to 'my bucket list' might give the oil platform a miss though!

12:47PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


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