Yes, that’s right. Chinese real estate developers have recreated an entire English town, dubbed Thames Town, in the Shanghai suburban area of Songjiang. It is complete with houses, pubs and shops and a stone bridge. The development cost over $600 million (US) and will support about 10,000 residents. It was in the news back in the spring when construction was still ongoing, but now pparently most of the homes have already been sold to people from the Shanghai area and they are beginning to move in. The details of the town are so authentic looking that one woman from Lyme Regis in Dorset, England says that her pub has been copied almost exactly and is a bit unhappy about it.
Via CNN TravelShare: