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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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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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Stop by when visiting Yu Gardens

This is an interesting temple complex dedicated to the three City Gods of Shanghai and is very close to Yu Gardens. Be sure to make your way to the center courtyard to witness... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The temple is nice. We were there in new year tine and people were praying and performing special ritual. Unfortunately no one spoke English or other languages and it was difficult to understand what going on. In general it is good place to visit but if there is no time then skipping is not disaster

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting temple complex dedicated to the three City Gods of Shanghai and is very close to Yu Gardens. Be sure to make your way to the center courtyard to witness people burning large bundles of incense in tribute to the City Gods. There are some great photo ops here. Worth the small entrance fee!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although it is very cultural, it is mainly streets of shops that sell with high prices for the tourists. The food places doesn't look clean to me, it is interesting to see that they had seahorses on skewers though. Sad, but I had fun strolling and exploring.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a lovely place and the architecture is fab but it's not as awe inspiring as I had anticipated. Worth checking out if you're in the area but if you have time do some research and find a better one.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This place is crowded most of the time where crowds would gather and take pictures everywhere. Plenty of shops and restaurants in the vicinity and Starbuck is there as well. Beware of scammers though. I had been approached a few times if I wanted copy watches. If you follow them, you could end up much poorer where you are not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We found the Shanghai Temple of the Town God to be very serene. The beautiful and interesting style of the building is worth a look and photo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

If you are in Shanghai you should come here. It is within walking distance from the town center. Asking for directions here is easy. There are many restaurants here with wide variety of food from different region of China. Do try different Shanghai traditional food and desserts. It will be a good experience. Apart from good, there are also many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a tso style temple with the evil side of the nature depicted. I found it very intriguing as the style is very similar to Rudra style of Hindu temples. It is walking diatance from Yuyuan garden and nearby to a local Chinese market with hundreds of small shops. Of interest were some small shops selling Chinese kites. Good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

It was okay....garden isn't as beautiful. Lots of eateries places around and worshipping Buddhist God.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

These temples were different again from the others we have visited on our China holiday It was good there were very few photo restrictions as some of the statues were just amazing

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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.