Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Another day, another ghost town from the "One City, Nine Towns" project. However, Luodian New Town wasn't exactly a ghost town...
First of all, when we arrived at the Meilan Lake station at the end of Metro Line 7, we were greeted by a dozen real estate persons waving brochures. It appears as if even though the project itself was discontinued that developers have built "Nordic-looking" residential buildings in the area and are selling the apartments.
Luodian was designed by the Swedish firm of SWECO (specializing in sustainable engineering and design) and built in 2004. It is supposed to be an exact replica of a small historic town of Sigtuna in Sweden, or at least the North European Shopping Street is. The lake is a replica of Lake Malaren, one of Sweden's largest lakes, but this one is much smaller.
Unlike the other new towns we have seen, there are no traffic lights in this one:
It was busy along the lakefront, with fishing:
There were a few shops open here, but many abandoned ones:
Even middle-aged folks get into the act:
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we finished the day with dinner and Happy Hour at a Mexican restaurant.