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Thames Town: The Fake English City in China Where Newlywed Couples Go For Staged Photo Opps

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Meanwhile, in China: There's a satellite suburb in the Songjiang district, near Shanghai, called Thames Town, which was built in 2006 in the style of a traditional English village. Yes, people actually live here, but Thames Town's real draw is as a backdrop to the wedding photos of Chinese newlywed couples, who flock en masse to the Victorian-ish medieval-ish village for massive staged photo opps.
· Thames Town [Official Site]
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