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Notes on the Geography of China: Shanghai: Thames Town: Photo 3

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It's hard to get lost in Thames Town, because the styles are arranged so that the town center is medieval, while the periphery is Victorian. Here, at the center, is one of the few businesses operating when the photo was taken early in 2007. The town had been ceremonially opened a few months earlier, In October 2006. Most of the houses were reportedly sold, but there were no or almost no occupants, perhaps because access to Thames Town was a major headache. A new rail line was supposed reach downtown Shanghai--20 miles to the northeast--in 15 minutes. A freeway was planned running south to Hangzhou. The convenience store in the picture was open only on a trial basis.

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