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Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

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Address: No.1 Yicheng Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China
Phone Number: 021-63284494
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Description: Every Chinese city once had its Temple of the Town God, the central shrine...
Every Chinese city once had its Temple of the Town God, the central shrine for Daoist worship. Shànghai's version dates from 1403 when local official Qín Yùbó, who had been posthumously designated as Shànghai's patron town god by the Míng Dynasty Hóngwu emperor (A.D. 1328-98), was finally honored with his own temple, though it didn't take on its present name until 1929.
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A vast shopping area

We did not go to the temple. We actually went shopping in the area surrounding the temple. A lot of things to see and browse or buy, a lot of places to eat, from local cuisine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It is right in the heart of the Bazaar, so it is easy to visit while visiting other sites (such as Yu Gardens). It is a nicely preserved temple complex, but if you have seen the Jade Buddha temple this one can probably be skipped. I was interested in visiting this site, because Jade Buddha temple is Buddhist and this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We did not go to the temple. We actually went shopping in the area surrounding the temple. A lot of things to see and browse or buy, a lot of places to eat, from local cuisine to Mc Donald's to halal food to Starbucks ... Something for everybody to eat, drink and buy. Some shops your can bargain, some shops... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

A relatively small temple inside of the Old Town, this its something interesting to do if you want to explore a little bit more about Shanghai's past. There is a small entrance fee that you pay at the gate and the place itself its not very crowded. If you have the time and you are in the area, you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This whole area is such a nice way to spend your day. You can get completely lost walking down the various roads/laneways full of shops and its just great fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Plenty of shopping - local Chinese artwork but must exercise your bargaining skill. Plenty of food - many exotic stuff such as small birds and soup bum. Plenty of culture - performance such as ancient street cinema show and Chinese culture dance. Excellent place to get a glimpse of Shanghai lifestyle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This Temple set in the Old Town is beautifully set out in the centre, lovely example of old architecture combined with water. Lots of fish in the water and I recommend it to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We found this when we were on the City Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour. The area is quite touristy but interesting enough. We paid 10 yuan each to enter the temple site. Definitely worth it but it would have been good to have had more information in English. Must remember to find out more online!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Very nice temple in the heart of Old Town of Shanghai. The ticket is 10 yuan per person. The temple is not big so you can spend 20 minutes there to walk around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Perhaps there is some confusion regarding the sights in the area. We visited the City God Temple, which is an active religious place. The inside looks interesting, with numerous believers burning incense and praying to their gods.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was by far the most crowded, people dense place I visited in Shanghai. Maybe worth visiting on a quieter day than Saturday. Otherwise, be prepared for an exhausting experience wading through the crowds.

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Shanghai’s original walls live on in the curve of the streets that serve as the border to the old city. An aerial view shows a clear circular outline and parts of the original wall are preserved as monuments to the ancient past. The main tourist attraction of Yuyuan (which means Yu garden, though it is often redundantly referred to as Yuyuan Garden) draws hordes of tourists every day, but wandering the streets around the complex reveals more exciting attractions such as food and antique markets. There are also streets lined with shops peddling everyday wares such as Chinese dining ware and craft notions that can be even more enticing to visitors uninterested in the usual tourist fare.