Shanghai Old Street
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The architecture and the layout of the shops in this street show its development that began during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) until the period when European influence made an impact on the city. The western part of this old street begins at South Henan Road and continues to Guanyi Street. The buildings here reflect the style of the Ming and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and the architecture is elegant in its classic simplicity. Red poles, pink walls and black roofs with upswept eaves are in harmony with the buildings in Yuyuan Garden. The eastern end of the street, with a length of 500 meters (about 1640 feet) ends at Renmin Road and after reconstruction and decoration retains the residential characteristics of later Qing Dynasty. The swing doors reach to the ground, the lattice windows and the graceful roofs with upswept eaves are fascinating as they are precisely how foreigners imagine China to be. Although there are several European buildings, they don't contradict the styles of old Shanghai. On the contrary, they are a vital part of the diverse culture here.
By the way, you can visit Yuyuan Garden which is a famous classical garden next to the Old Street. Here you will find the Temple of the City God, a Taoist temple and Chen Xiang Pavilion, a Buddhist temple are also in Yuyuan Garden Tourism Zone. You can walk to Xiao Tao Yuan Mosque, in which many kinds of Islamic food are provided here on Fridays, the Muslim holy day.
Take Subway Line 8, Bus 930, and get off at Laoximen Station.
Take Subway Line 10, and get off at Yuyuan Station.
Take Bus 736, 920 and get off at Laoximen or Xinbeimen.
Take Bus 801 and get off at Xinximen.
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Related Tour: Shanghai Old Street Tour