Shanghai is one of the legendary cities in China that has lived through the most serious destructive war, and now is experiencing an unprecedented rapid development and becomes China’s most vibrant metropolis! Most of us have seen Shanghai’s innovative lifestyle with arrays of skyscrapers, bustling streets, trendy entertainment venues and exciting shopping centers. Yet do you know the old parts of Shanghai? They are cultural water town and old streets full of city memory.
Yu Garden (Occupying just 5 hectares) located at the heart of Old Shanghai (very close to the Bund) is a place to enjoy the rare tranquility and shy away from modern and hectic Shanghai. It is one of China’s loveliest private classical garden that began its construction under the guidance of a landscape artist, Zhan Nanyang in 1559 during Ming Dynasty, and was finished 18 years later in 1577. The original owner was an official, named Pan Yunduan. Today part of the garden has became the bazaar and local guildhalls, but over 20,000 square meters remain of tall rockeries, halls, ponds and pavilions linked by zigzag corridors. (Visit http://www.easytourchina.com/scene-v182-yu-garden for details)
Yu Market & Town God Temple
Next to Yu Gardens is Yu Market and Shanghai’s Town God Temple area, boasting ancient Chinese streets and architectures. Town God Temple, built during the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming, Dynasty is one of the orthodox Taoist temples in Shanghai. Today, Yu market and Town God’s Temple area has been transformed into a bustling tourist and shopping center, offering all kinds of delicious local snacks and foods. There is a pretty pond connecting the bazaar and Yu Garden. Half way is the tea house named Hu Xin Pavilion, where you can have a rest and enjoy a cup of tea. Yu Market & Town God Temple area is magnificent in the evening, when all ancient structures are light up.
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Zhujiajiao Water Town
If you want to discover the old Shanghai, Zhujiajiao ancient town is a must-see sight. It was a typical south China water town about 50 kilometers away from Shanghai downtown. Zhujiajiao is well-known for both historic sites and natural scenery. There are beautiful waterways, 36 ancient bridges, several time-honored temples and more than 1000 ancient houses tracing back to China’s Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. (Visit http://www.easytourchina.com/scene-v188-zhujiajiao for details)
Tian Zi Fang
Located at Taikang Lu, Tian Zi Fang is a narrow lane teeming with local style Shikumen Houses, and now becomes an art center in Shanghai, featuring numerous galleries and design studios, fashion and interior outlets, as well as cafes, bars, restaurants and fashion shops. By visiting Tian Zi Fang, we can find the historical and cultural aspects of Shanghai of 1900s with its brick walls and brick pedestrian roads…