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  China Photos/Getty Images   Welcome to Thames Town. In Shanghai. That’s right. As part of a scheme by the Shanghai municipal government to develop nine satellites towns around the city, each with its own cultural theme, developers have built this mock-UK town, complete with a gothic church and a Tudor pub dispensing ale. About ...

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Welcome to Thames Town. In Shanghai. That’s right. As part of a scheme by the Shanghai municipal government to develop nine satellites towns around the city, each with its own cultural theme, developers have built this mock-UK town, complete with a gothic church and a Tudor pub dispensing ale. About 8000 residents will eventually live in Thames Town, all shelling out big bucks for the privilege.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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