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Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

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Address: NO. 1 Yicheng Road, Shanghai 200010, China
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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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A good spot for snacks

City God Temple is an important part of Chinese folk religion. It is believed that the god would keep the order among the ghosts and thus be able to protect the people in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2016
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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every town has a town god, and so does Shanghai. The temple area has developed into a serious tourist trap, full of tourists from outside Shanghai and overseas.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoy a visit to the Temple of the Town God on your visit to Yuyuan. There is a small fee to enter but well worth the price. Inside you will see many different Gods that protect different aspects of your life. A lot of incense are burned in this temple.

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Helensvale, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The buildings have intricate designs and features that are truly amazing. Lots of people visited this place so another popular spot. Obviously on the tourist guide's list of places to visit. Such an old world charm feeling about the place when looking at the proximity between buildings. A lovely place to visit and feast with your eyes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Temple of the Town God was amazing. Small entry fee but definitely worth it. Amazing seeing all of the different Gods for different things such as the God for wealth.Think I spent about 40minutes here- could have easily spent more but it was 33degrees need to find some aircon. Many people burning in-scents and worshiping

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The Temple is beautiful. But more importantly is the area it is in. Yuyuan Gardens and the adjacent old world shopping is the best in Shanghai. I always take all of my foreign guests there. The area is very old world Chinese. Yes there are the typical street vendors who are fairly aggressive. Before I learned to speak Chinese I... More 

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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

City God Temple is an important part of Chinese folk religion. It is believed that the god would keep the order among the ghosts and thus be able to protect the people in the district. The temple has evolved into the center of local people's life, and then a tourist spot. You can find different shops and snack stalls around.... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

A nice place with traditional buildings which is always a welcomed sight in the concrete jungle - a good place to escape the chaos outside and visit since the ticket is not that overly priced

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

A beautiful place to visit, with shops, food and a traditional buildings!!! The temple is amazing! Must visit!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

It is worth the admission fee but frankly not worth a long journey just for this. The surrounding streets are crowded but the temple itself is slightly calmer.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Historical and well preserved temple located in Yu Garden. You need to plan your time well as it has rest time daily 830am and 430pm.

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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.