Hi all :) I went to Thames town a few weeks ago. It was great, relaxing and it made me feel like I was back home for a few hours. We were there on a weekday so there wasn't a lot of people, it was just a great escape from Shanghai's action :) The architecture is based on a classic British market town. There are some shops, restaurants, a river that runs across the town ... and people living there on a permanent basis. You can have a coffee, a snack or eat there. We saw a Baskin Robbins, an Italian restaurant and a few more places. There isn't any shopping to be done.
TO GET THERE
Line 9. Stop at Songjiang University Town metro station. When you step out of the train, there's a mall in front of you at a 7 minutes walking distance with a KFC, Starbucks, ... You can go there before or after your visit.
There are a few buses that can bring you there. Just research them on Google map. Or, take a taxi (20 rmb) for about 10 minutes.
The bookstore ! It's original and you can stop there to have a coffee or a snack.
SHOULD YOU VISIT THAMES TOWN ?
If you have been in Shanghai for a while, Thames Town is a great way to imagine that you're back home without spending money and/or flying for hours. It's a fantastic way to escape from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.
Have a great relaxing day when you go there :)
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