City God Temple - Chenghuangmiao, Shanghai
The City God Temple is an interesting Daoist temple located next to the Yuyan Garden and Shanghai's old city retail complex. The temple originally dates back to around 1400. It was closed during the Cultural Revolution, reopened in the 1990s, and then renovated in 2006. It is now open to the public, but still serves as an active temple.
The temple consists of a number of buildings and rooms, which contain statues of various deities worshipped by the Daoists. There is an admission charge for non-worshippers, which was about 10 RMB from what I remember.
The City God Temple - Chenghuang Miao - lends its name to the commercial centre surrounding the temple and Yuyuang Gardens immediately adjacent.
A recent renovation of the traditional buildings, many more than a century old, has resulted in a lively environment of tea houses, restaurants, bars, silks, giftshops that attracts thousands of people a day
Chenghuangmiao or City God Temple is a typical temple in Walled Cities in China and here in Shanghai is it called City God Temple. The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as 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 Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty. Today, The Temple, together with nearby Yuyuan Garden and the surrounding streets, are now part of a large pedestrian zone dedicated to restaurants and retail.
This lively small Taoist temple is located in the Old Town district of Nanshi. The temple was originally called 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 Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty.
During the Qing Dynasty, the temple grew popular. Residents of the old city as well as nearby areas visited the temple to pray for good fortune and peace. During the Cultural Revolution, the temple was closed down and used for other purposes. For many years, the main hall was a jewellery shop. In 1994, the temple was restored to its former use as a temple, with resident Taoist priests.
The main temple in the old Chinese quarter of Shanghai (Nan Shi), the busy City God Temple (Cheng Huang Miao) is located adjacent to Yu Bazaar and Yu Gardens. This is a working Daoist temple dedicated to the City God and popular with locals. The main hall and the memorial gateway on Fangbang Road date from the Ming dynasty (early 1400s), while other halls were added during the Qing dynasty. During the Cultural Revolution, the temple briefly served as a factory. The City God in question is Qin Yubo, a Yuan dynasty scholar born in 1295. Entrance is free.
This is a place packed to the brim and I meant it. It's like the entire populace of Shanghai has decided to descend upon one spot. Crowded with locals and visitors, you'll rub shoulders with everyone else.
Located within the Yu Yuan Bazaar shopping complex, unlike the surrounding faux Ming-Qing Yangtze Riverstyle buildings constructed in l994, this is an authentic temple first constructed during the reign of Ming Emperor Yong Le (1403~1424). It was renovated in 1926 and again in 1994. During the Cultural Revolution it was a factory, but reopened as a temple after the 1994 renovations of the Yu Yuan Bazaar. This Taoist temple is dedicated to the City God Qin Yu Bo, but also serves as a place of Taoist worship.
Street stalls, shops and restaurants aplenty to amuse you as well.
This is also known as Temple of the Town Gods or Old God's Temple. It is a compact, colourful temple, where you can see Taoist prayer ceremonies, complete with traditional costumes, instruments and burning incense.
The priests don't mind you filming them, and there are some great photo opportunities here.
We made the mistake of visiting the area in a Saturday morning. The crowd was shoulder to shoulder. If you are used to the wide open space places like Canada, this could be very intimidating. The area has many, in fact too many jewelry stores specializing in anything that could be made of gold. There is also a Starbucks as you can see in this picture. The restaurant which serves the best xiao lon bao (steam dumpling with a juicy meat) in shanghai is also located here. However, this partiuclar restaurant is government owned and operated. I leave you to imagine yourself how bad the service could be like.
This is definitely a must go shopping area in Shanghai. You can try some Shanghainese snacks here and also, local crafts from other parts of Jiangnan can be found here too.
A favorite of the locals & one of the most crowded. The interior is filled with incense & many devotees. Interesting place to observe others as well as the religious rites.