By  on June 20, 2011

Anglophiles soon may want to take another look at China. The northern port city of Tianjin is transforming its historic center into New English Town, New Bond Street, a 40-acre luxury retail mecca modeled after London’s most fashionable shopping districts.

Set to open in 2012, New English Town will center on Victoria Gardens and take in five separate courtyards named after well-known London destinations, among them Oxford Street, Sloane Square and Regent Street. On Tai’an Road, government buildings up to 100 years old, including a former British consulate and a mining bureau, are being refurbished as part of the project. Unlike like the shopping centers typically found in China, it will feature freestanding stores, as well as high-end hotels and restaurants. A Ritz-Carlton hotel is already close to completion.

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