Pubs, privet and parody as China builds little Britain by the Yangtse – Jonathan Glancey

From the Guardian:

Look at those white stucco Regency terraces. This must be Pimlico. Look again. Well, perhaps we are in Bristol; that’s the spire of St Mary Redcliffe over there, isn’t it? On the other hand, all those black-and-white Tudor shops seem to spell Chester. Right?

Wrong. This is not England, nor even a chim-chiminee Hollywood film set. Welcome to Thames Town, a grotesque, and extremely funny parody of an olde English town seen through Chinese eyes, and built by canny British developers. [Full text]

See also “Take a walk through Shanghai’s ‘Wee Britain’ ‘Thames Town’” from Shanghaiist. For more about housing for China’s new elite, see this post from EastSouthWestNorth.

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