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Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

Address: No.1 Yicheng Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China
Phone Number: 021-63284494
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Every Chinese city once had its Temple of the Town God, the central...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It's practically a tourist trip, everyone goes here are tourists. It's so much that we walked straight through and left. There are lots of temples in different parts of China, and I didn't even bother queuing for the dumplings.

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Werchter, Belgium
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

nice and typical chinese temple. Well located near the yu gardens. Good to visit the tempe when around in the acient city and gardens. Also enjoyed singing old ladies and praying people. Quite zone (although enough people around).

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Temple sits at the edge of the Old Town, adjacent to the Yuyuan Garden entrance. It is surrounded by a large pond, which has fountains spraying water, giving a cooling effect in the hot weather. The pond is also home to Koi carp and terrapins, as well as a number of statues. There is a walkway taking you over... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I enjoyed the surrounding food and souvenir stalls more than the temple itself. I was impressed with the art walls of the building though. If this was the right temple I went to, there's a stall there where there's like a gazillion chinese who queued in line just to get their dumplings.

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Chongqing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Normal temple tings going on here. Light a candle, look at some statues, listen to a guy playing a Chinese flute thing. It's all going on. Enjoy.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Town God Temple is located in the of the Yuyuan Bazaar, at the south end. Being so difficult to give directions in the Yuyuan Bazaar, let us say that the temple has a big red sign (like 5x4 meters) all in Chinese, with the Chinese word for "entrance" on the right alongside a yellow arrow. The temple itself is... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Despite to be China, Shanghai may be known as a metropolis of the modern times. Skyscrapers, wide avenues, big malls, and so on. The Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao), is where you can breathe the ancient China, the buildings, the colors, the lakes, will give the idea to the visitors they have traveled in time. This are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The temple is very nice and the entrance fee is not high - 10 RMB. Taking under consideration its location (the Old Town and the nerby garden), the temple is worth seeing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The surround Yuyuan area is nice to wander around in- though a bit touristy, populated as it is with shops filled with tourist trinkets, it has a nice atmosphere since the buildings are all in classical Chinese style. The Temple, on the other hand, took me all of about 15 minutes to check out. It’s not big, and it didn’t... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The temple of the town god is of historical and religious interest, but not high up on my scale for artistic value. I waffled between a high "Average" and a low "Very Good" in my rating, but decided to give this temple the benefit of the doubt. The location--in the heart of the Yuyuan pedestrian area--is excellent, and the temple... More 

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