China's Fake English Village Overtaken by Wedding Photography

Photo by: Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak
Chinese wedding shoots often feature costume-like gowns, with similarly dramatic backdrops, like Thames Town, according to a recent Racked story on the ... more 
Photo by: Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak
Chinese wedding shoots often feature costume-like gowns, with similarly dramatic backdrops, like Thames Town, according to a recent Racked story on the practice.
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Wed, Jun 12, 2013 4:42 PM EDT
Thames Town has much of what you'd expect to find in a quaint English village--cobbled streets, Tudor architecture and a Gothic church. But it's actually just a full-scale replica of such a place, in the suburbs of Shanghai, created in 2006 as a cool place for students and hipsters to hang. It was a flop, though, and soon became a ghost town--until photo-happy brides and grooms caught wind of it, that is. Now the entire town serves as an atmospheric backdrop for an endless stream of elaborate wedding-photo shoots, with a whole slew of them usually happening at once, often side-by-side. Talk about surreal.--Beth Greenfield