Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai, Shanghai

The Huangpu district contains some of the best-preserved sites of old Shanghai. The old town of Shanghai is a large area that remained walled when this city was divided into foreign concessions. Take a walk around traditional Chinese buildings or make your way through a large open-air market and enjoy the delightful Yuyuan gardens. The next walking tour is all about the delights of Shanghai's old Chinese city.
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Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: emma
Yuyuan Gardens

1) Yuyuan Gardens (must see)

Yuyuan Gardens was built 400 years ago during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan, the son of a high ranking official for the recreation of his aging parents. Yuyuan means happy and Pan spent 20 years creating a space for the happiness of his parents.

Yuyuan Gardens fell into disrepair after the decline of Pan’s family and was purchased by rich merchants in 1760. The garden was restored to its former glory but suffered damage again during the Opium Wars. In 1956, repairs and restorations were...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Town Bazaar

2) Old Town Bazaar (must see)

Located in front of the Yuyuan Gardens, the Yu Market, also known as the Old Town Bazaar has shops selling an array of Chinese handicrafts and textiles. At this market visitors will be dazzled at the array of products that can be purchased at a bargain.

The location of the Yu market was once a residential area near the Yuyuan Gardens. Later it became a place of trade for traditional arts and crafts and remains so till today. The Bazaar covers an area of over 50 hectares with 3000 shops and...   view more
Fang Bang Road Indoor Antique Market

3) Fang Bang Road Indoor Antique Market

Fang Bang Road Indoor Antique Market is a five-story flea market. Three floors of the market building are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The weekend market, which is located on the third and fourth floors, runs from 5 am to 6 pm. On weekends, the fourth floor is open to small local vendors. Over here, you can find all sorts of treasures such as ethnic Yunnan bags, reproductions of traditional furniture, porcelains, old jade pendants, used furniture, Qing Dynasty coins, Chairman Mao buttons, old...   view more
Old Town Gods Temple Antique Market

4) Old Town Gods Temple Antique Market

Located in the basement of Huabao building in the main Yu Garden Shopping Complex, Old Town Gods Temple Antique Market houses a collection of established antique shops. The market offers a wide selection of textiles and embroidery, old mahjong sets, watches, porcelain and pottery, opium pipes, revolution-era materials, including an original Little Red Book and many more. In addition, Chinese dresses, bags and scarves can be found at the upper floors.

Operation Hours Daily: 10 am - 6...   view more
Temple of the Town God

5) Temple of the Town God (must see)

This Taoist temple dedicated to Cenghuang, the guardian God of the city of Shanghai, is its most popular place of worship. The temple is surrounded by a large shopping area where visitors can purchase a range of products at bargain prices.

The temple became the city God 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 the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Peach Garden Mosque

6) Peach Garden Mosque

The Peach Garden Mosque is the largest active mosque in Shanghai. It was here that the Shanghai Muslim Association was founded.

The building called the Mosque of the Small Peach Garden was founded in 1917. The present building dates back to 1927. The structure was constructed with donations from the Muslim community. The foundations were laid in 1925 and the building was completed two years later.

The peach garden Mosque has an inner courtyard surrounded by outbuildings. The main hall...   view more
Confucian Temple

7) Confucian Temple (must see)

Known as the School Palace, the Confucian Temple was once the highest institution of learning in Shanghai. It is dedicated to Confucius, the great Chinese thinker and founder of the Confucian culture and code of conduct.

The Shanghai Confucian Temple was built between 1368 and 1398. It has 28 buildings covered with exquisite stone carvings. There are three well preserved courtyards surrounded by halls that were once used as classrooms. There are carved stone bridges built across tranquil...   view more
Fazangjiang Temple

8) Fazangjiang Temple

The Fazangjiang Temple is one of the four important Buddhist temples in Shanghai. The others being the Jade Buddha, the Longhua and the Jing An Temples. It is a major city attraction because of its unique architecture.

The Fazagjiang Temple, located in the Old Town was built in 1924 by the Tiantai Ancestor called the Xingci Master. It occupies an area of 0.4 hectares. It took five years to build and is unique because unlike other temples it has a tower. The entrance door is located in the...   view more

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