Fengjing Ancient town Shanghai

Fengjing Ancient town is situated at the southwest part of Shanghai. It is about 57 Km from Shanghai City. It has been known for very long time as the ancient water town and it is one of the four most famous towns of south China. Fengjing Ancient town has history over 15 hundred years. It is demarcated by the boundary river in center and it is separated from the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces in the year 1430 during the reign of Ming Dynasty.

Fengjing Ancient town Shanghai

Fengjing Ancient town Shanghai

You will find many building of the town resembling the style of Ming and Qing. You will find two-story structures mainly of timber and brick with black-tile-covered roofs and white washed walls. Each of this having dooryard, wing-rooms and walkway. The total area covered by the old residences of the four main streets is about 12 acres and unmovable cultural relics of Shanghai are included among these nine locations.

This town is boasted with 52 bridges which surround the water network. Zhihe Bridge which has lichen in the crevices of stones was build during the Yuan Dynasty. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the old houses and tress by standing on this bridge. You can also enjoy the beautiful view of red lantern which hangs under the back eaves during the night adding the beauty to the bridge. Another famous bridge is the Rainbow Bridge which is also distinct.

Fengjing Ancient town is full of old customs and culture of china and it is attracting a great number of foreign as well as domestic travelers. You can view the life of local people here and enjoy the tea sips at local tea shops. You can also get a chance to listen the local operas when there is a performance.

Fengjing Ancient town Shanghai

Fengjing Ancient town Shanghai

Paintings of Jinshan Peasant also flourished and originated in Fengjing Ancient town. It has a unique style of art and influenced a lot at abroad and home. It also favors the Fengjing home of the Chinese folk painting. You can also find many other folk crafts like furniture-carving, blue allover, Festival lanterns, kitchen mural, embroidery and paper-cuts. This town is also famous for the cotton textile and the cloths produced here are considered to be a good brand of China. You can also try to make your own handicraft in person. This place if full of diversity in religion as you can find different religion temples likes Buddhism, Taoism, catholic as well as other Christian Churches.

Qibao Ancient Town

Qibao Ancient Town is located in the center of the Minhang District, Shanghai. It is situated at a distance of about 20 kilometers from the downtown area of Qibao Ancient Town. It can easily satisfy your curiosity regarding ancient water township and you need not bother about the rush of crowds or long distance.

Qibao Ancient Town

Qibao Ancient Town

It is the only ancient town which forms the greater part of Shanghai. It has history over thousand years and Qiabo is much more than the ancient Chinese conurbation and the urban planning. This town was built during the Northern Song Dynasty and became a prosperous business center during Qing and Ming Dynasties. Qibao means seven treasures in Chinese and there are two theories about its derivation. The most reliable says that this name originates from Qibao Temple, which is famous for good reputation. This is very much responsible for the development of culture and business which was unknown previously. The other theory is popular among local people who have some folk tales about the seven treasures. These are the iron Buddha which was made by Ming Dynasty, Bronze bell also from the same Dynasty but they have appeared from nowhere. Other treasures include Jade axe, catalpa tree, gold cockerel and a pair of jade Chopsticks. Out of these seven treasures, only four can be verified and only the bell and the scripture are existence till date.

It has been dating for the period of five dynasties and Ten states. It is mainly extended and renovated during the period of Ming Dynasty. This temple has held the high regard by the local people as not only due to its seven treasures but due to its splendid appearance as well as its significance to the development of Qibao Town. This temple covered the area more than 140 acres and excluding the area of 22 acres by the surrounding rivers which blossomed in the Ming Dynasty. The revered monk called Jing used to interpret and study the scriptures here and it was recorded in the inscriptions which is carved in the bronze bell. This temple was rebuilt in the year 2002 which later covered area more than 150 acres and it was opened for public in the following year. The new Qibao Temple has new designs with buildings and gardens having unique architectural styles of Han and Tang Dynasty.

Qibao Ancient Town

Qibao Ancient Town

In late spring, when the peaches in Longhua Park are in full blossom and the temple fair (on the 3rd March, lunar calendar) is under way, large numbers of visitors and pilgrims will come and the Longhua will become a place of great hustle and bustle.

 

Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple

Located on the Longhua Road at the south of the city, Longhua Park is famous for the ancient Longhua Temple, Longhua Pagoda, the Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony and the peach blossoms.

First built in 242 AD, which is during the period of the Three Kingdoms, Longhua Temple is the oldest temple in Shanghai for its long history of over 1700 years. Because of the several destructions by the wars, most of the buildings here were reconstructed during the reign of the Emperor Tongzhi and Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty.

Longhua Pagoda

Besides its long history, Longhua Temple is the largest temple in Shanghai. It occupies an area of over 20,000 square meters (five acres) and the architectural proportion is about 5,000 square meters (one point two acres). Along the 194 meters long (637 feet) axis are the Maitreya Hall (Miledian), Devajara Hall (Tianwangdian), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Three Sages Hall (Sanshengdian), Abbot’s Hall (Fangzhangshi) and the Sutras Keeping Hall (Cangjinglou) which keeps the three treasures of the temple including the Dazang sutras, the gold seals and the Buddhist statues. Accessory halls on the two sides are the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, both of them are furnished with the same hexagonal windows and the curved eaves. The whole courtyard was built strictly in the style of traditional Buddhist symmetry and it’s in accordance with the Chinese concept of beauty.

A venerable copper bell which is two meters in height, one point three meters in diameter and weighs five tons (11,023 pounds) is placed on the three-storied Bell Tower. The Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony on 31st December is regarded as one of the eight great attractions of Shanghai. Welcoming the New Year in the melodious, heavenly sound of the bell is an interesting and memorable experience.

The seven-storied, 40.4 meters high Longhua Pagoda stands in front of the Longhua Temple, the brick body and the wooden staircases make up its main structure. Each storey is smaller than the storey below, and all the levels are encircled by balconies and banisters. Bells on each corner of the octagonal eaves make cheerful and lively sounds as the wind passes by. The pagoda has been rebuilt several times, but the style of the Song Dynasty still remains to today.

Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple

Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple

In late spring, when the peaches in Longhua Park are in full blossom and the temple fair (on the 3rd March, lunar calendar) is under way, large numbers of visitors and pilgrims will come and the Longhua will become a place of great hustle and bustle.

 

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Zhujiajiao Ancient town is located in the suburban area of Shanghai City and it is a well known ancient water town throughout the country. It is having history of more than 17 centuries. It covers an area of about 47 Sq Kilometers and it is like a little fan shaped down and glimmers like the bright pearl due to the presence of mountains and lakes.

 

Zhujiajiao Ancient town

Zhujiajiao Ancient town

It is also known as the Pearl Stream as this little town is well preserved in comparison to other four ancient towns of Shanghai. It has some unique old bridges, Small River which is shaded by willow trees, houses having courtyards. It is far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern cities and full of leisure, antiquity and tranquility.

 

It is said that visiting to Zhujiajaio is incomplete if you have not see the bridges. The bridges here are very much old as well as distinctive. They were mostly built during the reign of the emperors of Qing and Ming Dynasties. This old town is well connected by the 36 delicate spans which are in different styles and shapes from wood to stone to marble.

 

Fangsheng Bridge or Setting fish free bridge is the largest, tallest and longest stone bridge. It has five openings in both Shanghai and Zhujiajiao region. The construction of this bridge was completed in the year 1571. There is a stone table which stands on this bridge and called as Dragon Gate Stone. It is engraved with the eight coiling Dragons. There are four lifelike stone lions on the top of this bridge.

Zhujiajiao Ancient town

Zhujiajiao Ancient town

Lang Bridge is also known as Huimin bridge is the only one wooden bridge and it is one of the most featured spans of the town. It’s wooden bar on the two sides are upturned eaves above and look like a narrow corridor.

This town has the ancient street which is filled with the ancient building of the Ming and Qing Dynasty which attracts many domestic as well as foreign tourists. The North Street is one kilometer long and it is filled with historical building and it is very simple and premitive. You can also see the Ke Zhi Yuan Garden which was also build by the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

 

Shanghai Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple is located at 215, Wenmiao Road and it is the only ancient architecture which is dedicated to Confucius in the central Shanghai. It was built in the year 1368-1398 for worshipping Confucius who was belived to be a great educator, thinker and founder of Confucianism in China. It has been one of the top learning institutions for several years in shanghai.

Shanghai Confucius Temple

Shanghai Confucius Temple

the temple of Confucius is one among the four ancient stone carving groups of china and famous as the Treasure house of the Stone Carving Art. It consists of more than 28 ancient buildings which is built with the large number of the stone carvings which includes Dacheng Hall, Xunjing Pagoda and Minlun Hall. Most of the building have been pulled down or destroyed and others are well preserved.

This temple has mainly three courtyards. The first among them consists of Minglun Hall, Jiexiao Hall and Panchi Pond and they all are well preserved. There is one bridge over Panchi and its archways are built using the lion heads and stone dragon. If you will walk through Lingxiang Gate, the carved stone arch you will come across the second courtyard, where you will find kuiwen Tower which were used by the emperors for stroring books and Zunjing Tower was used for storing scriptures. Both of these buildings are built with multiple eave roofs. At the centre of the Confucius Temple, lies the third courtyard which consists of Dacheng Hall, Dacheng Gate and Tower of bell and drum.

Shanghai Confucius Temple

Shanghai Confucius Temple

Dacheng Hall is the main building of the Confucius temple and has the main hall for worshipping Confucius. It has a look of great serenity and solemnity. In the southeast of this hall there is one huge ball which weighs 1.5 tons and is called Dacheng Bell. It is made using exquisite techniques. The shoulders of this bell are carved with the dragon patterns of autumn and Spring Period. On the lower part of the rim of bell there are four couples of the dragon which encircles the shining pearl towards each other. You can also see the carved paintings which depict the journey of Confucius made in 24 orderly lined carriages. It is told by the people that the sound of the Dacheng bell is very mellow and loud and it can last up to 3 minutes. There is open air in front of the Dacheng Hall’s main door and there is a statue of Confucius in Bronze holding sword. When you will enter the hall, you will find the golden statue of Confucius in the middle and besides this statue there are two outstanding students Zeng Shen and Yan Hui.

Ancient Yi garden (Guyi Garden) Shanghai

Ancient Yi garden is located in the Nanxiang which is a down in the Jiading District of Shanghai. It is located at a distance of 21 kilometers from the centre of the city. It was built by the Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Jiajing. It was simply known as the Yi garden but when it was restored it is subsequently renamed.

Ancient Yi garden

Ancient Yi garden

This garden is the best garden among five other classical gardens of Shanghai. Other four gardens are Autumn Sightseeing Garden or Qiupu Garden, Drunk Pool Garden, Yuyan Garden and Zigzag Water Garden. It is divided mainly into four scenic areas i.e. Flower Fragrance park, Yi garden, Moonlit Bamboo Park and Crane in Stream pond. Ming Style architectures, Green Bamboos, path with Motifs, Tranquil and Poem Streams and Couplet Scrolls are its some of the features.

“Yi” name has been derived from the beautiful view of the bamboo. It is inspired by the poems in books of songs as well as the Odes to Qin which is a kind of musical instrument. Yi also reflects the artistic conception of the green bamboos. The traditional features of this garden are bamboos. In Yi garden Annals, it is recorded that the most beautiful scenery of the garden is the mountain which is covered with the bamboos. Green, graceful and elegant bamboos are present everywhere in the landscape.

Apart from the scenery of the bamboos, The Tranquil Pavillion, Angle Missing Pavilion, Moon Painting Corridor, White Crane pavilion are some of the scenic spots in Ancient Yi Garden. The buildings and Pavilions here are featured virtually in the typical Jianganan residences. All the buildings are constructed around the water which presents the artistic conception of the pavilions which are surrounded by water as well as mountains showing their elegance despite of their number.

Ancient Yi garden

Ancient Yi garden

The buildings are decorated with the pantiles and tiles and designed with the hollowed out patterns at the roof ridges. The gates, eaves and windows are painted with the elegant colors. All the patterns and designs of the building depict the typical style of Ming Dynasty. on the top of the Bamboo hill, Angle Missing Pavilion is located. It is the patriotic symbolization which was built for recording the anger of the Chinese people during the invasion of the three provinces of the north-east china. Therefore, the pavilion feature three angles the lost angle out of four angles represent the loss of three province of the northeastern china of that time.

Shanghai Old Street

Shanghai Old Street is known as Miaoqian Dajie historically and it is the old business street which is a combination of shops cultural exhibits, entertainments for tourist attractions. It is full of social attractions as well as having a commercial background where you can find the earliest banks, jeweler’s store, tea house, wine shop, gold shop and several other shops.

Shanghai Old Street

Shanghai Old Street


The layout and the architecture of the shops in this street, shows the development of the Ming Dynasty to the period when the European has influenced the Shanghai city making the impact on the culture. The west part of this Shanghai Old street stretches from South Henan Road to the Guanyi Street. The buildings in this place reflect the style of the Qing and Ming Dynasty. The architecture design is the elegant in its classic simpliciy. Pink walls, red poles and black roofs having upswept eaves are in the harmony with the buildings in the Yuyan Garden. The east side of the street has the length of 500 meters and ends at the Renmin road. The decoration has the remains of the residential characteristics of the Qing Dynasty.

It has the swing doors which reach to the ground and has lattice windows and graceful roofs with unswept eaves which are very much facinating. There are many european buildings, which have the same style of architecture as that of old shanghai. You can also find a good range of diversity in culture here. There are more than 200 stores eahc of them have been designed carefully according to their function. These shops are full of handicraft materials, calligraphies, paintings and jewelry. You can choose from wide range fo these materials. There are various shops on the eastern side like Tong Han Chun Pharmacy, Wu Liang Cai Glass shop, De Shun restaurant,etc which takes you back to shanghai about hundred years ago. You can also enjoy Yuan bao Tea at the Chun Feng De Yi Lou teahouse whaving two olives.

Shanghai Old Street

Shanghai Old Street

Shuzhou Ballads or Pingtan is performed here on weekends. Old Tea house owner display a collection of the fifty cheongsams, who are traditionally styled ladies dresses and dating from the year 1930. You can easily see the folk culture. Several embrodery houses, antique shops and fabric shops symbolizes the prosperity of the area commerially. You can also visit Yuyan garden which is next to Shanghai Old Street.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is located at People’s Square which is in the centre of Shanghai. It is very large museum having ancient Chinese art. Its presentation and style surround its visitors with the artifacts which demonstrate ancient philosophy and wisdom. Exterior design in this museum has round dome and a square base which symbolizes the ideas of the round heaven and the square land.

 

This museum has eleven galleries as well as three exhibition halls. The eleven galleries are made to cover almost all categories of the Chinese art which are Ancient Ceramic, Ancient Bronze, Ancient Sculpture, Calligraphy, Paintings, Ancient Jade, Ming, Coins, Qing and Ming Furniture, minority Nationalities and Seals.

 

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The bronze wares of Zhou and Shang dynasty have contributed to the understandings of the ancient civilizations. This covers over four hundred pieces of the exquisite bronze ware which covers the entire history of the ancient bronze art of China.

 

The ceramics collection is the special treasure of the Shanghai Museum. It contains more than 500 pieces of art work from different dynasties which includes gray and painted pottery of Neolithic age, Primitive celadon of Shang, Warring and Zhou States, celadon of East Han Dynasty and the tri-colored glazed pottery of Tang Dynasty, white black and blue glazed and painted porcelain of Song Liao and Jin and the works of Jiangxi and Jingdezhen center of the industry during Ming, Yuan and Qing dynasties.

 

Chinese calligraphy and painting have unique and traditional styles. There are several masterpieces from various periods and genre which are featured in the Shanghai Museum. The gallery of the Ancient Chinese Sculpture mainly focuses on the sculptures of the Buddhists.

Jade in ancient China was used for the decoration and known for the symbol of power and wealth. It was also personified for symbolizing the perfect morality. The elegance of the jade can be seen through the vivid patterns and crystal colors.

The gallery of the Shanghai museum depicts the garden like residence of the ancient China. The furniture from Qing and Ming witnessed the etiquette and culture of China.

 

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The Galleries of Chinese seals show the importance of seals in the history from the period of Western Zhou to the Qing dynasty. China was one of the countries which used the currency. You can find many coins in this museum which reflects the development of the Chinese currency.
You can also find the diversity in the Chinese culture and collaboration of many nationalities. You can see varieties of metal wares, textiles, sculptures, lacquer, pottery, bamboo wares which gives the picture of passion and creativity. This museum is well connected by all routes.

 

Jing’an Temple

Located at the west of Nanjing Road, Jian Temple of Shanghai is one of the most famous temples of Shanghai. It is at the downtown flourishing area of Shanghai. In the year 1983, it was put on key national protection list.

 

This temple has more than 780 years of history. It was built in the period of Three Kingdoms and named as the Hudu Chongyan Temple. It was moved to its present location by the Southern Song Dynasty form the bank of the river Wusong. It has been crowded places untill the year 1908.d it was first built as the Jing’an Temple and later it was renamed to Jian’ng Temple in the year 1945. It was unfortunately burnt down in the year 1972 but soon reconstructed. In 1990, this temple was opened for the public.

Jing'an Temple

Jing’an Temple

 

There were total eight scenes in the former temple of Jing’an which was very much popular. Most of these have become extinct but the Young Quan or the Estavel in front of the temple was excavated in the year 2009. It is called boil well by the people as the spring water gushed all time. It is also considered as the sixth spring under the Heaven. This spring after its reconstruction has been relocated at the Huashan Road’s crossing and The West Nanjing Road has regained its charm.

There are about three main halls known as The Mahavira Hall, The Three Sage Hall and the Hall of the Heavenly Kings. The Hall of Mavavira has the biggest pure Jade portrait of Sakyamuni in the Mainland China. The height of the Jade Buddha is about 12 feets, width of about 9 feets and weighs more than eleven thousand kilograms. Due to its huge size the wall was torn and moves down to the hall. Having the tranquil facial expression the statue radiates auspiciousness and venerability.

You can escape from the bustle and hustle of the crowds in Jing’an Temple. You can also enjoy the marvelous calligraphy and painting by the yangzhou’s Eight Eccentric painter which is in the exhibition hall of the Buddhist Relics. You will also be fascinated by the bronze bell which is displayed in this temple made by the Ming Dynasty.

Jing'an Temple

You can enjoy Temple Fair which is held once in a year. The festival of Birthday of Buddha is also helped here and you can find several handcraft goods, sideline and agricultural products. It is nearby the airport and bus facility is easily available to airport.

 

 

Shanghai Xin Tian Di

Xin Tian Di is located in the centre of the Shanghai City. It has the urban attraction as well as the cultural and historic legacies. This city has the fashionable pedestrian street which is full of shikumen and modern architectural style.

The uniqueness of Xin Tian di lies in its concept of construction. It has remains of the antique tiles, walls and exterior of the old Shanghai’s Shikumen housing. However its interior comprise of totally different world having bars, gallery, café, theme restaurants and boutiques. You can get the taste of both modern lifestyle of 21st century as well as the 1920’s shanghai.

3. Shanghai Xin Tian Di

Xin Tian Di

The main attraction is the Shikumen Building which is a mixture of architecture style of Chinese and western. In the early of 19th century, it was local citizen’s residence. This building depicts the modern history and culture of Shanghai. But, with the development of Shanghai, this building has become a historical building and it was rebuilt in the year 1997.

Metropolises and big cities of the world have representative building reflecting local culture and history and thus become faces tourist attractions. The establishment of Xian Tian Di was made keeping this phenomenon in mind. Therefore, the Shikumen building was given the new commercial value and changed its function of the residence and changing its old bloc to a new world which is full of life. With the Shikumen typical architecture, the block of a new commercial area was also developed.

Xian Tian Di has been divided into North block and south block which consist the modern architecture of Shikumen. The north bloc has the architecture style of old Shikumen which formed tin contrast to the new and modern south block.

South block has the complex of entertainment, shopping and leisure. It has area over 6.2 acres and was opened in the year 2003. The glass wall building has been built with modern atmosphere. You can find several restaurants, fashionable ornament shops, boutiques, cinemas, food courts and fitness centers for the entertainment as well as leisure.

North block is comprised of antique buildings of Shikumen having inner modern decoration, design and equipment. It also features upscale restaurants and stores with various cuisines from different countries like Brazil, France, Japan, America, Italy and Germany.

Shanghai Xin Tian Di

Shanghai Xin Tian Di

Xin Tian Di attracts the tourist from all over the world. It has famous restaurants and shops apart from the historical architecture and buildings. It is full of history as well as modern life of Shanghai.