22 Feb 2012

It's About Fun

Travel in Shanghai
Day 2
Shanghai Old Town
Chenghuang Temple & Yuyuan Garden
上海上海老街, 黃浦區老城隍廟, 豫園.

"Centered between Renmin Road and Zhongshan Road, it is located southeast of the city centre. In the Old Town is known as the bright pearl of Shanghai is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business, souvenirs, and food."

"The Chenghuang temple is a Taoist temple, also called Yi temple, which is composed of many a halls such as the grand hall, middle hall, bedroom palace, star gods hall, Yama palace, Xuzhen god hall and so on. the Chenghuang temple had an area of more than 10,000 square meters including two gardens: west garden (Yu garden) and east garden. the Chenghuang temple has a great influence on the residents of Shanghai. the religious festivals of the temple are considered to be the festivals of all Shanghai people. especially when the Sanxun festival (a day when the chenghuang god start to inspect his people) comes, nearly all people will come to the chenghuang temple to burn incense and worship the Chenghuang god, while all shops inside or near the chenghuang temple would hang red lanterns to celebrate the festival. in addition, some folk arts, like cockfight, penmanship performance and acrobatics, are fairly attractive."

The best way to get around town is either by taxi or on the metro. A ride from our hotel to Chenghuang Temple was around RMB$20 (AUD$3). Taxi drivers in Shanghai are very polite and helpful.

More Shanghai sightseeing information here and here.

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