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Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

No.1 Yicheng Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China
021-63284494
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Rule of thumb. Never go on weekends or holidays. This is when the temple and surrounding old Yuyuan city is the busiest. The best time for the temple is the early morning, pay the enter fee of 10 rmb and have a look inside. Many local people come here to pray and make offerings, Especially around the Chinese New Year's.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

I went early in the day and was fortunate enough to watch a ceremony in progress. Glad that I did so recommend it to any one.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Magnificent buildings. The crowds when I was there were a total nuisance and really didn't make for a pleasurable visit. Worth going if it's light on people.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Located in an extremely touristy area, this temple sees thousands of visitors daily. It's a typical Taoist temple, dedicated to the patron god of the town. You have your usual statues and temple shops selling religious merchandise. There is this one little shop that performs massages where they hit you with sticks, which we were tempted to try but decided... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We combined a visit to this temple with the nearby beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens. Though it is still another temple, we found it quite different and not overcrowded. With a cheap entrance fee of 10 yuan (free for children under 1m40) , it was worth a visit . The area nearby was quite touristic with lots of shops and places... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stumbled across this temple set in the heart of the old town not far from Yu Gardens and at only 10 rem per person well worth a visit as it's an interesting place to visit and a beautiful place to photograph. Interesting to watch many of the Chinese buy their giant incense sticks and perform their prayers in the centre... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

I suppose that if you've never seen a Buddhist temple, are in the area and have little time then this might suffice but for us it was quite disappointing. The 10 yuan entry fee just added insult. While mildly interesting (some type of Asian massage parlor where customers are beaten about the head & neck with sticks was the highlight)... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The area surrounding City Temple God is not bad. It's built to mimic the old Shanghai and looks quite modern and you'll feel like being transported to another world. There's plenty of shops and snacks. Prices are on the high side, so bargain well or just forget it. He Fang snack plaza is pricey and has its hits and misses.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This review is more about the market surrounding the temple, than the temple itself. The temple closes by evening, so you can't really make it if you are thinking of a visit after office hours. However, the market area is open till much late in the night, and offers a good experience, Good place to buy souvenirs, but ensure that... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I agree with the other reviewer about the surrounding area. It is built to resemble old Shanghai and is filled with touristy shops all selling overpriced tat, the streets are teeming with shopping touts that pester you to distraction but....there is a couple of sights amidst the kitsch that are worth a look. Yuyuan gardens (see separate review) and the... More

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