Songjiang District is situated southwest of downtown Shanghai. One of its main attractions is the famous Thames Town on North Sanxin Road, Songjiang New City. It is a large residential area built in 2004 in a traditional British style. The whole place is just like an old British town. It offers a tranquil oasis from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai city and a good place for a holiday-maker to visit.
Pedestrian street, Shanghai
Subway No. 9 has stops at both Songjiang New City and Songjiang University Town. One can get off at either of the stations and take Songjiang public bus No. 14 or a taxi to the town, four kilometers away. Public bus HuSong Line and Songjiang public buses 13/14/19 all have stops there.
Thames Town has an area of about 1 square kilometer. It is equipped with everything that the residents need. Lakes, rivers, and trees surround Georgian and Victorian style villas and apartments. There is the 4 star Liston Hotel (Tel: 021-37721998) by the lake, a Gothic church, advanced kindergarten and school, supermarket, clubs, and clinics. Walking through the community is like being in a wonderland and many newlyweds like to have their wedding photos taken here. Visitors can have lunch at the floating restaurant.
Songjiang University Town is adjacent to Thames Town and covers an area of 530 hectares. There are seven universities in the town. Rivers and green belts separate the campuses. The universities are of different architectural styles. About 70,000 students and teachers live here. The university town has a 40,000 square meter gymnastic center, the second largest in the world. There is also a 2.5 kilometers student pedestrian street with a variety of stores, restaurants, and theaters. If you are interested, you can take a quick visit.
Unique architecture in one of the Shanghai universities
In the afternoon, continue the tour to another highlight in Songjiang District: Shanghai Film Park (address: No. 4915 Beisong Road Chedun Town, Songjiang District). It takes about 30 minutes from Thames Town by taxi with the fare around CNY50. From downtown Shanghai, travelers can take the tourist line from Shanghai Tourist Distribution Center at Shanghai Stadium. On weekdays, the coach departs at 8:50AM and returns at 1:30PM. On Saturdays and Sundays, coaches depart at 8:50AM or 10:00AM and return at 1:30PM or 3:00PM.
Shanghai Film Park was opened in 2001 and is one of the largest film studio complexes in China. There are four movie studios and two TV studios. Studio No. 1 is the largest with an area of 1,800 square kilometers. No. 3 studio, at 1,200 square kilometers, is next in size. The whole park is built to resemble an old miniature Shanghai. There are old-styled buildings with period furniture and wax figures of departed movie stars, Chinese traditional dresses, railroad cars, old streets and classic movie scenes. Occasionally, actual shooting of movies or TV programs may be in progress and visitors may be able to spot some movie stars. Hours of operation are from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Admission fee is CNY80.00 for an adult and CNY40.00 for a child.