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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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Easy stop before or after Yu Gardens

This is an interesting quick stop you can add to your day if you are already visiting the Yu gardens. They are very close and it is in a very touristy area with lots of shops for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It took some determined scouting to actually find the entrance. As temples go, this could easily be skipped. However, if you are doing the Old Town anyway, this is maybe a 20 minute stop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an interesting quick stop you can add to your day if you are already visiting the Yu gardens. They are very close and it is in a very touristy area with lots of shops for souvenirs. the cost is only 10 RMB to get in (or like 1.50 USD). Definitely worth the ticket price.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only 10 yuan to get in though. Loads of people. Only go if you've never been inside one of these before, otherwise don't bother.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit of the temple was not really interesting, in Shanghai all temples look like very similar amongst them. Entry ticket price was very cheap (10 RMB, Sep 2016).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Entrance fee was 20-30 yuan. Sorry don't remember but was minimal. Given three long incense. Watching other people, it seemed you have to lit the incense from the fire pit, pray(bowing quickly multiple times) facing the direction of the statues inside. Inside the building, you can also kneel down on short bench and pray as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old City God temple is located in the tourist belt centre of Shanghai and adjoins Yuyuan Garden and surrounded by a numbers of shopping centre and snack streets. there are a lot of activities and local delicacies to be experience. The town God temple is open to the public for free however there is a fee for entering Yu... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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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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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Old Town
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.