City God Temple and Markets

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Johnpro Johnpro
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Nice Architectural ! Aug 13, 2010
It's a nice building architectural neighborhood with the old Chinese style . Many old houses and temples .

It was originally the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or 'Gold Mountain', an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God's Temple in 1403 during the Yongle era of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), thus it is an old temple with the long history of about 600 years.

The temple's surrounding area and vicinity is a large commercial district that hosts an array of shops, restaurants, teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events.

Local residents and nearby visitors all thronged here in quest of their necessities, boutiques, jewellery. The present temple covers an area of more than 10,000 square meters including the Huoguang Hall, the Yuanchen Hall, the Caishen Hall, the Cihang Hall, the Chenghuang Hall and the Niangniang Hall.

A complete restoration of the City God Temple took place between 2005 and 2006. In October 2006 the place of worship was reopened and reconsecrated by Taoist clergymen.

Some photos also available to have a look !
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portia portia
216 reviews
Mar 29, 2006
The City God Temple and the markets around it is an interesting place to visit in Shanghai. I walked there from the Bund, it's not too far. On the way I got a very tasty pancake from a roadside vendor in an alley near the City God Temple and markets, it was like 1 RMB. I am not sure everyone would want to try it, but it was hot off the stove right there so I thought it's safe enough. The City God Temple is where local people worship their local protector gods, and there are some Taoist temples nearby too. The area around the temple has these buildings with the Chinese roofs, they are tall buildings, so they are very visible from far away. These buildings house many stores and restaurants, so it's a good place to browse and get lunch. One of the photos I have here shows the Starbucks there, so you can obviously get coffee too.
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