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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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The area is now well served by the metro. Line 10 Yuyuan station serves the garden of the same name as well as most of the main sights of the old city. Line 8/Line 10 Laoximen station and Line 8 Dashijie station are fairly close to the western part of the district (Dajing Tower). Line 9 Xiaonanmen station is close to Dongjiadu Cathedral.
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Otherwise, if you prefer to walk, the Yuyuan area is only a 10-minute signposted walk from the southern part of the Bund.
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You can also take a ferry from Dongcheng road in Pudong to Jingling road south of the Bund and follow the above-mentioned signs. At Dongcheng Road Pier, the ferry departs from the right side - the other one goes to Fuxing Road which is less convenient.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
* <see name="Temple of the Town Gods" alt="城隍廟 Chénghuángmiào" address="249 Bangzhong Road" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.shchm.org" hours="" price="">A well-known Taoist temple not far from Yuyuan, the biggest example of traditional Chinese architecture in Shanghai. You can find local snacks and food, as well as other traditional Chinese decorations.</see>
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* <see name="Temple of the Town Gods" alt="城隍廟 Chénghuángmiào" address="249 Bangzhong Lu" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.shchm.org" hours="" price="">A well-known Taoist temple not far from Yuyuan, the biggest example of traditional Chinese architecture in Shanghai. You can find local snacks and food as well as other traditional Chinese decorations.</see>
* <see name="Dajing Tower" alt="" address="Dajing Lu 269" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
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* <see name="Dajing Tower" alt="" address="269 Dajing Lu" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
* <see name="Old City Wall" alt="" address="Dajingge Lu 269" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The small surviving part of the city wall</see>
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* <see name="Old City Wall" alt="" address="269 Dajingge Lu 269" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The small surviving part of the city wall</see>
 
* <see name="Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
 
* <see name="Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
  
[[Image:Yuyuan_LakeHouse.JPG|thumb|240px|In the Yuyuan Garden]]
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[[Image:Yuyuan_LakeHouse.JPG|thumb|240px|Yuyuan Gardens]]
  
* <see name="Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Contentment)" alt="豫园" address="Chenxiangge Lu 29" directions="" phone="021-63282465, 021-63260830" email="" fax="" url="http://yugarden.com.cn" hours="" price="¥40">A traditional Chinese Ming style private garden, originally built in 1559 but ransacked and restored several times since then. Entry to the garden is an expensive Y30, but worth it for the many exquisite Chinese pavilions, seemingly never-ending paths, and sculpted gardens within. Near the garden, the famous zigzag bridge and its teahouse (see [[#Drink|Drink]]) can be visited. The bazaar near the garden is always crowded with both Chinese and Western tourists.</see>
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* <see name="Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Contentment)" alt="豫园" address="29 Chenxiangge Lu" directions="" phone="+86 021-63282465" phoneextra=+86 021-63260830" email="" fax="" url="http://yugarden.com.cn" hours="8:30am-5:30pm" price="¥40">A traditional Chinese Ming-style private garden, originally built in 1559 but ransacked and restored several times since then. Entrance price is worth it for the many exquisite Chinese pavilions, seemingly never-ending paths, and sculpted gardens within. Near the garden, the famous zigzag bridge and its teahouse (see [[#Drink|Drink]]) can be visited. The bazaar near the garden is '''always crowded''' with tourists.</see>
 
* <see name="Chenxiang Ge Temple" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
 
* <see name="Chenxiang Ge Temple" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
 
* <see name="Baiyun Guan Temple" alt="" address="Baiyun Guan Lu" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
 
* <see name="Baiyun Guan Temple" alt="" address="Baiyun Guan Lu" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></see>
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==Do==
 
==Do==
* <do name="Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Take photos of the old style buildings in the Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao shopping district. Come back at night after 6.30 pm when the lights are on for an experience. Eat upstairs at one of the restaurants overlooking the square on Yu Yuan Lu (a pond criss-crossed by a zig-zag bridge and tea room) and see the reflections of the night lights. (The entrance to Yu Yuan Gardens can be found in the centre of this interesting area).</do>
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* <do name="Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Take photos of the old style buildings in this heavily popular shopping and eating area. Come after 6:30PM when the lights show off the beauty of the buildings in a new way. Eat upstairs at one of the restaurants overlooking the square on Yu Yuan Lu (a pond criss-crossed by a zigzag bridge and tea room) and see the reflections of the lights. (The entrance to Yu Yuan Gardens can be found in the centre of this interesting area).</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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* <buy name="Fuyou Antique Market" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
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*<buy name="Xiliupu Fabric Market" alt="" address="" directions="Next to an Old Town market where you will see badgers, bear claws and interspecies intimacies" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A warren of tailor shops offering custom made clothes, from tuxedoes to dress shirts to fake designer jackets and ''qipao''.  The prices are cheap but expect a lot tinkering afterward as your tailor will not be able to remake something as you like unless you tell her exactly what you want.  The tailoring itself is average.  Bargain hard and be familiar with the prices it would cost at a major retailer - even after bargaining, just getting a shirt from an H&M will be about the same price, but the H&M shirt will likely be much better quality.</buy>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* <eat name="Fuyou Antique Market" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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[[Image:Yuyuan Street xiaolongbao.JPG|thumb|250px|''Xiaolongbao'']]
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*<eat name="Soup dumplings" alt="xiaolongbao" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="¥20" lat="" long="">The ever-popular soup dumplings restaurant is popular for take-away and sit-down, but if you stay, be prepared to sit elbow-to-elbow with other patrons. The line for take-away is quite long and takes 90 min or more before soaking your teeth in some of the best (and cheapest) ones in Shanghai.  This form of food is one of Shanghai's most well known culinary contributions to Chinese cuisine.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
* <drink name="HMid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse" alt="湖心亭 Húxīntíng" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">in the Yuyuan Gardens and reached by a 9-legged zigzag path to stop evil spirits. One of the most famous tea houses in all of China. A glass (not even a pot) of your tea of choice will cost you a steep Y20-25 downstairs and nearly ridiculous Y40-55 upstairs &mdash; but upstairs you'll get nice views, respite from the crowds, "free" snacks and even a souvenir or two.</drink>
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* <drink name="HMid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse" alt="湖心亭 Húxīntíng" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">In the Yuyuan Gardens and reached by a 9-legged zigzag path to stop evil spirits. One of the most famous tea houses in all of China. A glass (not a pot) of your tea of choice is &yen;20-25 downstairs and &yen;40-55 upstairs &mdash; upstairs you'll get nice views, respite from the crowds, free snacks and even a souvenir or two. Pressure-free.</drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==

Latest revision as of 21:39, 1 October 2011

Old City is the area inside the the ancient walled city of Shanghai, the city walls ringed the city around what is today Remin & Zhonghua streets. During the era of foreign concessions, the old city remained exclusively Chinese, and foreigners seldom ventured there. These days there are more foreigners, and while the attractions here, touted as the old Shanghai is rather touristy, they are undeniably picturesque. Neither is the "Old Town" exclusively old, tall modern buildings have - like in the rest of the city - started shooting up around the two main streets intersecting the district, but you still have a chance to take in the atmosphere if you wonder into the quaint side streets.

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Get in[edit]

The area is now well served by the metro. Line 10 Yuyuan station serves the garden of the same name as well as most of the main sights of the old city. Line 8/Line 10 Laoximen station and Line 8 Dashijie station are fairly close to the western part of the district (Dajing Tower). Line 9 Xiaonanmen station is close to Dongjiadu Cathedral. Otherwise, if you prefer to walk, the Yuyuan area is only a 10-minute signposted walk from the southern part of the Bund. You can also take a ferry from Dongcheng road in Pudong to Jingling road south of the Bund and follow the above-mentioned signs. At Dongcheng Road Pier, the ferry departs from the right side - the other one goes to Fuxing Road which is less convenient.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Temple of the Town Gods (城隍廟 Chénghuángmiào), 249 Bangzhong Lu, [1]. A well-known Taoist temple not far from Yuyuan, the biggest example of traditional Chinese architecture in Shanghai. You can find local snacks and food as well as other traditional Chinese decorations.  edit
  • Dajing Tower, 269 Dajing Lu.  edit
  • Old City Wall, 269 Dajingge Lu 269. The small surviving part of the city wall  edit
  • Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge.  edit
Yuyuan Gardens
  • Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Contentment) (豫园), 29 Chenxiangge Lu, +86 021-63282465, [2]. 8:30am-5:30pm. A traditional Chinese Ming-style private garden, originally built in 1559 but ransacked and restored several times since then. Entrance price is worth it for the many exquisite Chinese pavilions, seemingly never-ending paths, and sculpted gardens within. Near the garden, the famous zigzag bridge and its teahouse (see Drink) can be visited. The bazaar near the garden is always crowded with tourists. ¥40.  edit
  • Chenxiang Ge Temple.  edit
  • Baiyun Guan Temple, Baiyun Guan Lu.  edit
  • Xiaotayuan Mosque, Xiaotaoyuan Jie 52.  edit
  • Wenmiao Temple, Wenmiao Lu 215.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao. Take photos of the old style buildings in this heavily popular shopping and eating area. Come after 6:30PM when the lights show off the beauty of the buildings in a new way. Eat upstairs at one of the restaurants overlooking the square on Yu Yuan Lu (a pond criss-crossed by a zigzag bridge and tea room) and see the reflections of the lights. (The entrance to Yu Yuan Gardens can be found in the centre of this interesting area).  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Fuyou Antique Market.  edit
  • Xiliupu Fabric Market, (Next to an Old Town market where you will see badgers, bear claws and interspecies intimacies). A warren of tailor shops offering custom made clothes, from tuxedoes to dress shirts to fake designer jackets and qipao. The prices are cheap but expect a lot tinkering afterward as your tailor will not be able to remake something as you like unless you tell her exactly what you want. The tailoring itself is average. Bargain hard and be familiar with the prices it would cost at a major retailer - even after bargaining, just getting a shirt from an H&M will be about the same price, but the H&M shirt will likely be much better quality.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Xiaolongbao
  • Soup dumplings (xiaolongbao). The ever-popular soup dumplings restaurant is popular for take-away and sit-down, but if you stay, be prepared to sit elbow-to-elbow with other patrons. The line for take-away is quite long and takes 90 min or more before soaking your teeth in some of the best (and cheapest) ones in Shanghai. This form of food is one of Shanghai's most well known culinary contributions to Chinese cuisine. ¥20.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • HMid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse (湖心亭 Húxīntíng). In the Yuyuan Gardens and reached by a 9-legged zigzag path to stop evil spirits. One of the most famous tea houses in all of China. A glass (not a pot) of your tea of choice is ¥20-25 downstairs and ¥40-55 upstairs — upstairs you'll get nice views, respite from the crowds, free snacks and even a souvenir or two. Pressure-free.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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