Shanghai Town God's Temple, Shanghai (must see)
The place has become the Town God's Temple in 1403 during the Yongle era of the Ming Dynasty. It grew famous as a place of worship during the Qing Dynasty and was expanded during the Daoguang era. It was at this time that the large market grew around it. Converted into a jewelry shop by the communists, it was returned to Taoist clergy in 1994. Later, between 2005-6 the structure was completely restored and consecrated by Taoist priests, and worship began once again.
The temple has a small courtyard in front of the main entrance and halls dedicated to the Gods. The main hall is dedicated to Huo Guang and his large statue dominates the northern side. There are smaller halls dedicated to minor guardian gods and the gods of wealth, literature and knowledge. The temple is the venue for traditional festivals including the Lantern festival, the tea ceremony, and the Double Nine Festival. It is an active place of worship where visitors are outnumbered by worshipers.
Why You Should Visit:
To indulge in local street food and admire the architecture, especially if you want to experience more of "ancient Shanghai".
At night the various old-style buildings are decorated with lights and are great for photos.
Note that prices are on the high side in the shops, so bargain well.
This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Shanghai, China within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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