My first impression was that the town was really big. I did not count the number of houses there but I estimated that it could take us easily 20 – 30 minutes to go through the whole town, in cars. The style of the buildings was impressive, even to those who have lived in London before. Literally you can barely tell the difference between “Thames Town” and the true London. The whole town was constructed in such a high quality copy style that you feel like walking on those small streets full of pebbles that have gone through hundreds of years. From streets to streets, you can even see guards standing at the entrance of some villas in the traditional English style uniforms, with a yellow face though.
My next feeling was that the town was really empty. The only people who were active there were those young couples who were busy taking their wedding photos, and the property agents who were trying to sell houses there. I seldom saw any residents. To be fair, it is probably not an ideal place for people to live there. First it is in Song Jiang, a suburban area in Southwestern Shanghai. If you have a job in the down town or CBD, it is probably not that convenient for you to drive back and forth on a daily basis, which could easily take you one hour plus one way depending on the traffic. Read the rest of this entry »