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There Is A Fake English Village In Shanghai And It's Uncanny

Imagine Wee Britain, but stranger.

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As part of the scheme, 9 satellite towns were built around Shanghai, each in a different international style.

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There are also towns with Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish, Canadian, Dutch and German themes.

It's practically deserted.

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The town is only 6 years old, designed to appeal to the Chinese middle class who hanker after a bit of British charm. Unfortunately, most bought their houses as second homes, and the place is a virtual ghost town.

Photographer Rueben Wu explains:

"All the shops there had started off as other things - record shops, cafes, restaurants and clothing shops, but most had been shut down."

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