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Shanghai/Old City

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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.

Get in

See

  • Temple of the Town Gods (城隍廟 Chénghuángmiào), 249 Bangzhong Road, [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.
  • Dajing Tower, Dajing Lu 269.
  • Old City Wall, Dajingge Lu 269. The small surviving part of the city wall
  • Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge.
In the Yuyuan Garden
  • Yuyuan Garden (Garden of Contentment) (豫园), Chenxiangge Lu 29, 021-63282465, 021-63260830, [2]. 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) can be visited. The bazaar near the garden is always crowded with both Chinese and Western tourists. ¥40.
  • Chenxiang Ge Temple.
  • Baiyun Guan Temple, Baiyun Guan Lu.
  • Xiaotayuan Mosque, Xiaotaoyuan Jie 52.
  • Wenmiao Temple, Wenmiao Lu 215.

Do

  • Laocheng (Old Town) Huang Miao. 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).

Buy

Eat

  • Fuyou Antique Market.

Drink

  • 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 even a pot) of your tea of choice will cost you a steep ¥20-25 downstairs and nearly ridiculous ¥40-55 upstairs — but upstairs you'll get nice views, respite from the crowds, free snacks and even a souvenir or two. We enjoyed a long tea service, an elaborate offering of various kinds of teas, no pressure to buy, but the only other clients looked like members of some kind of prosperous underworld, gettting some tea without the tai tai

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