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“Great Place to spend a couple hours” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Qibao Old Street

Qibao Old Street
Qingnian Road, Minhang District, Shanghai, China
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Ranked #97 of 840 attractions in Shanghai
Type: Shops, Historic Sites
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Qibao Old Street offers a glimpse of traditional China, with buildings that have been refurbished offering museums, shops, restaurants, gardens, and tea houses.
Ottawa, Canada
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“Great Place to spend a couple hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I had a great time in Qibao. After reading the very brief description in lonely planet (the older version) I decided to head out.

While I didn't quite figure out how the museum attractions worked I was able to visit a few. The Miniatures and Shadow puppets are particularly worth the stop by. Although I didn't quite work out how the fees worked it was not expensive so I really didn't worry about it.

I enjoyed this because it felt authentic. It may not have been but it definitely felt better than wandering around the streets of old town dodging scooters, and cars.

Visited June 2013
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“Not bad & easy access”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I was in Qiboa on a Sunday in May on a super hot day. Even though I arrived around 9.30am it was already busy. And it just got busier! But, you have the same problem in other water towns in china (e.g. Zhujiajaio, another water town ~1hr by bus outside Shanghai).

If you want you can taste many different snacks there, which is nice, but as a non-Chinese speaker it is very difficult to understand what you're eating...

I saw a few little boats on the river, but I didn't see the place where you can take them from.

The place can easily be explored in 1~2 hours.

I think it was a nice place if you want to go to a water town around Shanghai and not bother too much about the travel. If you only have a few hours this is ideal.
Zhujiajiao was nicer from my point of view, but it's more difficult to get to.

Visited May 2013
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“Subway accessible old compact town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

A nice introduction to an old town with a old stone bridge over a canal with shops selling street snacks,china souvenirs, a puppet museum, and most of all, it is accessible via the subway.
Toilets were clean. We sampled glutinous rice dumplings which the town is famous for, had stinky tofu and ate in a Sichuan restaurant with my family.
Definitely packed with people, we were there on a Tuesday and we were rubbing shoulders with domestic tourist on the main street, but once you are off the main thoroughfare you will have more personal space. BTW, QiBao in chinese means Seven (Qi) Treasures (Bao).
If you can't make it to the other water towns, Qibao would be a nice alternative.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“very crowded but great atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We visited this place on a weekday but it was still very crowded. If you don't like crowds don't come here. You have to let yourself be carried by the people as you float down the small alleyways of food and handicrafts. The smell of stinky tofu, dumplings and noodles is amazing and an unique experience. Wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a day trip. There are probably better places to visit though.

Visited March 2013
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“Great Half day getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Quaint river town in the suburbs of Shanghai. Take the 9 line to Qibao. When you come out of the station at exit 1 cross the street and go straight for 1 minute and your there. Its mostly chinese touriosts and locals that are there so be prepared to be a complete mionority. Not for the nervous dispositioned!!! great day out with different snacks and feel of the city

Visited March 2013
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