This is going to be a long one, with lots of photos, but I think the lovers of randomness will like it; it’s as random as it gets.
Apparently Shanghai has a new plan called “One City, Nine Towns”. It means they’re going to build nine living areas in styles inspired by different countries. So far they have two: the Dutch Village and the English Village.
As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to see it. So the first chance I got to go to Shanghai, I jumped on the red metro line, rode all the way to the last stop, Songjiang New City, and took a bus to the “Ying-shi xiaozhen” (the English village). Or you can take a cab or even walk, it takes about 40 minutes – just in case you want to know how to get there!
It was not a disappointment. I started grinning the second I got there: all the paraphernalia of an English town, masticated and spat out by a Chinese architect. And it’s all empty. I mean, it’s built for people to live in and there’s no one there, no one except for a small bunch of tourists and masses of newlyweds. All the shops are galleries or high-end fashion places, there isn’t a single grocery store in view.
But it’s also a very nice, quiet spot to take a walk and get away from the busy Shanghai life.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:
Now a tiny contest: who are these famous and important people, the statues of whom are strewn around the whole place?