Gaoqiao Ancient Town

Gaoqiao Ancient Town, Shanghai: Address, Gaoqiao Ancient Town Reviews: 4/5

Gaoqiao Ancient Town
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Old Chinese town and quirky Dutch-style buildings
Oct 2017
This place is a bit out of the way in Shanghai, and thus really quiet! It's particularly good if you want to avoid the crowds. I wouldn't call it a must-see, but for Shanghai residents it's worth a trip. To get there you can take the metro line 6 to Hangjin Road, and then go 4 stops northbound on the 611 bus. The bus costs about 2 yuan, and you can pay with a metro card. You should get off when you can see the large Dutch-style building that says "Holland Village" ahead to the left. If you cross the river you've gone too far! The place has two areas. To the West is the Holland Village. It's a really strange place to visit. A while ago several European style areas were built in Shanghai to attract investment, but not particularly successfully. Holland Village is one of these. There is a main street in which all the buildings are Dutch style. Behind the street is a river, with a small park island that has a windmill on. There are some other larger Dutch-style buildings in the area too. Most of the buildings seemed empty, despite being designed to have businesses like restaurants and shops in them. The area was very peaceful and a bit surreal. We went to a nice coffee shop called Sugar, which is on the East end of the street. We enjoyed strolling around this area for about an hour or two. There is not much to do, but it is nice to look at the buildings and get away from the crowds! Head East along the river for about 20 minutes (by foot) and you will find Gaoqiao old town. This area is more touristy, but was still quieter than most Shanghai tourist sites. It is not as big or beautiful as some of the water towns around Shanghai, and is much less commercialised, but nonetheless has many traditional buildings. Some are open for visitors. We went to a traditional courtyard building that houses a small exhibit of a local famous painter and some local calligraphy. The building was attractive. Further East (across a road) is another historic building, about 100 years old and combining European and Chinese styles. It houses a museum but was closed when we visited (I don't know why). Again, this area is nice to stroll round for an hour or so. If you are interested in local culture then you might also venture South of the river, opposite the old town, where there is a local residential area that is quite unmodernised and gives a view of a different type of life in Shanghai. Overall, worth a visit for its quaintness and quirkiness if you live in Shanghai. Go when the weather is good, and take your camera.

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Jo-Ann
Shanghai, China15,177 contributions
Lovely ancient town!
Dec 2020 • Couples
This is NOT Holland Village. This Gaoqiao old town is before Holland Village. This place started since the Song Dynasty. It actually has East Street and West Street. West Street is more exciting as shops and restaurants are there. East Street has a museum & exhibition hall, a library, a Tai Chi hall and a park. Lovely to see houses by the river throughout this old town.
Written December 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ruth C
87 contributions
Old Chinese town and quirky Dutch-style buildings
Oct 2017 • Couples
This place is a bit out of the way in Shanghai, and thus really quiet! It's particularly good if you want to avoid the crowds. I wouldn't call it a must-see, but for Shanghai residents it's worth a trip.

To get there you can take the metro line 6 to Hangjin Road, and then go 4 stops northbound on the 611 bus. The bus costs about 2 yuan, and you can pay with a metro card. You should get off when you can see the large Dutch-style building that says "Holland Village" ahead to the left. If you cross the river you've gone too far!

The place has two areas. To the West is the Holland Village. It's a really strange place to visit. A while ago several European style areas were built in Shanghai to attract investment, but not particularly successfully. Holland Village is one of these. There is a main street in which all the buildings are Dutch style. Behind the street is a river, with a small park island that has a windmill on. There are some other larger Dutch-style buildings in the area too. Most of the buildings seemed empty, despite being designed to have businesses like restaurants and shops in them. The area was very peaceful and a bit surreal. We went to a nice coffee shop called Sugar, which is on the East end of the street. We enjoyed strolling around this area for about an hour or two. There is not much to do, but it is nice to look at the buildings and get away from the crowds!

Head East along the river for about 20 minutes (by foot) and you will find Gaoqiao old town. This area is more touristy, but was still quieter than most Shanghai tourist sites. It is not as big or beautiful as some of the water towns around Shanghai, and is much less commercialised, but nonetheless has many traditional buildings. Some are open for visitors. We went to a traditional courtyard building that houses a small exhibit of a local famous painter and some local calligraphy. The building was attractive. Further East (across a road) is another historic building, about 100 years old and combining European and Chinese styles. It houses a museum but was closed when we visited (I don't know why). Again, this area is nice to stroll round for an hour or so.

If you are interested in local culture then you might also venture South of the river, opposite the old town, where there is a local residential area that is quite unmodernised and gives a view of a different type of life in Shanghai.

Overall, worth a visit for its quaintness and quirkiness if you live in Shanghai. Go when the weather is good, and take your camera.
Written October 29, 2017
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cindicita
9 contributions
A Holland style town
Jan 2017 • Friends
I was there few days, a peaceful town with Holland style. There are a park with nice gardens and a little lake where you can rent a boat by 1,5 dollar.
Written January 28, 2017
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heelandcoo
Shanghai Region, China96 contributions
Be sure to know what you're looking for
Oct 2015 • Friends
This place has some interesting old buildings and styles of art that aren't easily seen elsewhere in Shanghai. There is a lack of English (and often a lack of signage in general), so if you do visit here I recommend you go with someone who knows the area and/or has really good Chinese.
Written January 11, 2016
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