Thames Town
Thames Town
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Dean S
Applecross, Australia9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It worthwhile to visit if you’re in Shanghai for longer than a week. You’ll have to spend more than one and half hours to travel to the place. As of November 2023 the best way to get there is to get on to Metro Line 9 and then get out at Songiang University Town station and then from outside the station on Tram 2 which takes you there. The Taxi can also get you from that station there but will probably take as much time and will be much more expensive. I paid 50 Yuen.
Written 26 November 2023
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Anna L
Hawkshaw, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
I decided to visit Thames Town on a Saturday. It wasn’t very busy, but still busy enough!
I had to take 3 subways & a didi to get here!

The town is very nice! It really does feel like I’ve stepped back into the UK! Lovely little town to just walk around and escape Shanghai!

I wasn’t able to find any cafes or restaurants that sold British foods (fish & chips) unfortunately! There is a Starbucks and a corner shop!

I found a cute little cafe called The Elephant House (just round the corner from Starbucks) which I recommend. The owner speaks perfect English! The food is delicious (western food)!

The lady in the tourist information didn’t speak any English! Although they had a map in English!
Written 22 May 2021
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steve1118
Shanghai, China93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Want a picture with a statue of Winston Churchill? Then this is the place for you! We came here, walked around a bit, and had lunch at a cafe. Overall, if you are looking to walk around in a British looking neighborhood, then this fits the bill.
Written 11 April 2021
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15,996 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
It is NOT a ghost town at all!!! When we arrived, it was crowded with people just enjoying a day there. Thames was built beautifully. Lots of couples taking their wedding pics there. Families were taking their dogs for a walk. Great to enjoy the architecture and statues there. Yes, you can get fish and chips there!!! Plenty of restaurants, wine bars, cafes, ice cream shops there! There’s even a replica of Bristol’s Christ Church there! It was a long ride for us coming from Pudong, a good 1.5 hours. But worth the visit.
Written 29 November 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
You'll find Thames town on the outskirts of Shanghai, grab a metro train to the far edge of the city and then grab a taxi; if you want you can walk from the metro station but you'll be walking for about an hour, even more if you get lost. Once you enter the area, it feels like you've crossed the border from China to England; there are red telephone boxes, old Victorian and Tudor style houses and a small Church to visit and remind you of Britain. The streets look British in their design and there are even roundabouts and zebra crossings; it even smells like England, it smells of salty sea water. You'll find several statues of British people/ characters, such as Shakespeare, Dickens, James Bond and Harry Potter along with rows of shops, homes and restaurants. No one actually lives here, it's just here for people to visit rather than live, but it is a welcome reminder of home i've you've been staying in China for a long time. On the edge of the town you'll find a large lake, on the side of the lake is a small castle and a small forest which leads you back to the edge of Shanghai. The only thing that gives away the fact that you are still in China, is that all of the street names are written in English and Chinese, but apart from that it feels like you're exploring a tiny English village.
Written 21 June 2020
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very London-like feeling from the classic red phone booths, Victorian architecture, European style statues, street names, statue of Sir Winston Churchill, and much more. Great cafes and restaurants in the area.
Written 23 November 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
In Shanghai, you can meet the exotic and all-encompassing scenery, which will definitely make you want to return. Here in Thames Town, one gets the feel of being in London, England.
Written 16 November 2019
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EdTea
Los Angeles, CA28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Rundown and dilapidated buildings with empty or closed stores. The water is full of sewage and stinks the place up.

There is NO reason to come to this trash place unless you hate yourself. It takes an hour and a half to get here from Puxi.

Stay away.
Written 3 August 2019
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S.M.S.
Shanghai, China71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
I visited Thames Town with my boyfriend. It is a very strange and surreal place. Many businesses are not open there and walking around it feels like a ghost town at times. However it is refreshing to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded, smothering city spaces. There is a church that is very nice to sit in and spend quiet time in. There are also spas, restaurants and other business that are still there. If you want to visit a copied English town and get a taste of a UK town here in Shanghai, come here.
Written 21 July 2019
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denisgie
Shanghai, China252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I know it’s a bit strange and a bit creepy for some of the people to visit semi-abandoned “English” town in the suburbia of Shanghai... but it’s actually quite cool to refresh your head from day to day existence from the naga city life! If you are expecting from Thames town to have s proper English Full breakfast, tea or a costa coffee, just forget about this. However, you can find a massive variation of different Chinese foods there in an affordable prices. The place is not bad at all, and it is worth a travel especially for you want to connect the visit with some other Songjiang attractions!
Written 8 May 2019
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