We all know that the Chinese like to imitate. Whether it’s clothes, bags, cell phones or cars, you name it they fake it. But the fact that they even imitate European cities takes this urge to fake to a next level.
On a sunny Sunday we decided to go to Holland Village, a small town in an industrialized part of Pudong that looks like a typical Dutch Village. After a 30-minute drive by taxi (around 60RMB), we were dropped off at a European like church. We were immediately impressed by how nicely everything looked and, both being from Belgium, it also kind of reminded us of home! Besides the fact that it looks like a Dutch village, which is probably more special for foreigners than for the Chinese, there is not much to do and see. You’ll find a lot of fake shop windows instead of a real super market or a nice little restaurant, giving the town a very artificial feel. But besides this, it is a very peaceful and green environment, which makes a visit to Holland Town a nice escape from the hustle and bustle from the crowded center of Shanghai.
Next up in our list of fake villages: Thames Town, an English looking village near the center of Shanghai.