In honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth of England, we visited Thames Town.
This morning we met Bruno and Tuk across the street at Element Fresh. After a late breakfast, we hopped on Metro Line 9 to head south to the last station at Songjiang Xincheng/Songjiang New City. There we took a taxi to Taiwushi Xiaozhen/Thames Town. This is the first and most successful of the "One City/Nine Towns" initiative started in 2001 to draw population away from central Shanghai. According to one report, the "One City" is actually Songjiang, and its development was given the English theme. Of the "Nine Towns," we have visited four others: Anting/German, Gaoqiao/Dutch, Luodian/Swedish, and Pujiang/Italian.
We started at the entrance to Thames Town with its red-uniformed guard:
Those fuzzy spotted deer are a symbol of Songjiang:
Here we cross the Thames River?
Then Kent and Tamiko:
Nearby were some smaller art galleries:
Li Tianji, who was present with his wife who spoke English. Many of his paintings were of northern China, and others were of Thames Town.
Walking one of the Queen's corgis?
I had been looking for a replica of a fish bar from Lyme Regis in Dorset, England, and mistakenly was looking for the Lyme Fish Bar. It turned out it was the Cobb Fish Bar and the next door Rock Point Inn that were copied from Lyme Regis. There must have been enough complaint from England, because it was the building now marked Weill below that was the Rock Point Inn, making the building on the right the "Cob" Fish Bar of Thames Town. Of course, both buildings have never been occupied. There are no fish and chips places in Thames Town.
Ye Merrie Olde England:
Outside the church - a movie cast?
Time for a break at La Gare Cafe:
Ta-ta, Thames Town!