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Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

824 Reviews

Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)

824 Reviews
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No.1 Yicheng Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010 China
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Half Day Private Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai
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Half Day Private Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with Boat Ride from Shanghai

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai with a getaway to Zhujiajiao Water Town. Explore traditional architecture and take a relaxing boat ride through the waterways. This private half-day tour takes care of all transfers and entrance fees, and you can upgrade to include lunch or dinner.
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asthecrowsfly2 wrote a review Jun 2020
Melbourne, Australia189 contributions18 helpful votes
We visited here in August 2019. A beautiful temple in a crowded, busy shopping district. We wound our way through the market and into one of the buildings to find something to eat. We were spoilt for choice as there were many restaurants within the market. As we were part of a tour, we really didn't have much opportunity to spend as much time as you need to here to really enjoy the cultural aspects of this busy shopping area. The architecture is amazing!
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Date of experience: August 2019
worldnomad_01 wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California854 contributions781 helpful votes
The old (originally built during Ming Dinasty) but well restored and good looking Tao temple, is located in the middle of a very commercial and busy area, at Middle Fangbang Road. There is a very large number of gift shops, jewelry stores, restaurants and cafes, there is also a continuously large number of Chinese and foreign tourists, as the temple is on everybody's city tour, as well as many locals who come for a short prayer or just some shopping. The temple itself is quite large and full with statues and paintings of various deities, there are monks going around and people lighting up their incense sticks and whispering a few prayers and then, you come out and people are taking loud, shopping, laughing, going about their business and dealing with the trivialities of the everyday life...
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Isaac L wrote a review Jan 2020
Indiana64 contributions4 helpful votes
It can be hard to find places in busy, ultra-modern Shanghai that make you truly feel a sense of place and the connection with the more distant past, but try to get over here if you can. This temple is absolutely packed with statues and other representations of deities—something new every few steps! Exuberant polytheism, I did not know that Daoism was quite so rich and whimsical. There is also a huge mural featuring (I believe) every animal in the Chinese zodiac along with sages, mystics, and warriors. I went alone, but this would be even more fascinating with a well-informed guide.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Jeffrey R wrote a review Jan 2020
Tampa, Florida362 contributions102 helpful votes
My friend and colleague took me downtown to the Shanghai central market, and the Temple was part of the complex. The architecture was traditionally Chinese, and the array of deities (city gods) being worshipped there was interesting. But most interesting was the worshipping - throughout our visit Taoist clergy were moving from chapel to chapel, playing elegantly Chinese sacred music and praying, I guess as part of their morning rituals. It was fascinating to watch and pleasant to listen to. When we left, we were quickly in the central city market, which I guess is the point of having it there - it draws people in. Worth a visit if you're downtown in Shanghai!
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Date of experience: July 2019
dougie wrote a review Dec 2019
Wellington, New Zealand199 contributions41 helpful votes
Loved the place - see people worshipping and praying. Great to see the architecture and the feel. Did feel that there could be some areas more reserved for quiet contemplation and reflection. Be aware of taxi scammers going back to your hotel in busy periods - instead of putting the meter on, they charge a fixed rate to get back to the hotel - tends to be 5 times the taxi rate.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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