Old City God Temple

Built in Yongle Reign of Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the Old City God Temple of Shanghai is located at Fangbang Middle Road, and adjoins Yuyuan Garden in the south. With the commercial development, and the surrounding trade region expanding, the numbers of shopping centers and snack streets are increasing rapidly. As a result, today’s Old City God Temple usually refers to an area stretching from Anren Street in the east, to Fuyou Road in the north and Old Xiaochang Road westward. Yuyuan Garden, Old Street and Chenxiang Pavilion all belong to this zone.

Old City God Temple, Shanghai
Entrance of the Temple
Old Town God Temple, Shanghai
Paintings of Town Gods on the Gate
Old City God Temple enjoys a high status in Shanghai, with an old saying: one who fails to reach the temple never reaches Shanghai. City God Temple was built to protect the safety of the people in the city, and the gods are regarded as patron saints in Taoism.

The Old Town God Temple of Shanghai, with far-reaching history, attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world to visit. With an area of 2,390 square yards, the present temple includes nine palaces –Huoguang Palace, Sixty-year Cycle Palace, God of Fortune Palace, Cihang Palace, City God Palace, Empress Palace, Parents Palace, Guansheng Palace and Wenchang Palace. The Temple enshrines three town gods: Huoguang a famous general of Western Han Dynasty (202 BC – -9 AD), Qin Yubo, a celebrity of Yuan Dynasty (1271– 1368), also known as a dutiful son. It is said that he constructed a palace that imitated the style of the emperor’s throne room, which his mother desired to see. When the emperor learned about this, he sent an officer to investigate, so Qin Yubo transformed the palace into a temple to escape punishment. After his death, he appeared in a war leader’s dream and warned him to give up a massacre, so the people of this city were saved. The other is Chen Huacheng, sacrificed in the First Opium War (1839 – 1842). As well as the three main gods, four departments were set up to protect the city.
Bustling Area around the Temple
Bustling Area around the Temple
Delicious Local Snacks
Delicious Local Snacks
As well as praying, visitors to the Old City God Temple can watch some folk performances, can take part in cockfighting, special calligraphy and some other acrobatic performances in the art arena there is also a gift shop. The Old City God Temple is most famous for its local snacks, and as such is a real kingdom of delicious food with many different kinds of restaurants spread along the streets. The most famous ones are Lu Bo Lang Restaurant, Nanxiang Small Steamed Buns, Songyue Vegetarian Restaurant and Shanghai De Xing Guan. If you like buns you can enjoy Mini Steamed Buns, Crab Soup Buns, Barbecued Pork Buns and Vegetable Buns. If you like dessert, you may have Plum Flower Cakes, Date Mash Cakes, Chop Rice Cakes, Black Rice Balls, Osmanthus Cakes and Eyebrow-like Crisps. Eight Delicacies in Hot Sauce, Shepherd’s-purse Wonton and Crystal Shelled Shrimp are also nice choices. Noted for its national banquet, Lu Bo Lang had received many international guests including Queen Elizabeth II and former American president Bill Clinton. These snacks sites are open till nine o’clock.

In addition, the nearby Yuyuan Garden, Old Street, and Chenxiang Pavilion are hot tour sites that are well worth a visit.
Lu Bo Lang Restaurant near the Temple
Lu Bo Lang Restaurant
Nanxiang Steamed Buns Restaurant
Nanxiang Steamed Buns Restaurant
 

Transportation:

You can take bus 805 and get off at Xinbeimen Station.
Take bus 932 and get off at City God Temple Station.
Take bus 66, 306, 929, 969 or 980, get off at Fuyoulu Station.
Take bus 24, 64, 581 or 715 get off at Yuyuan Garden Station.
Take bus 11, 26, 42, 304, 320, 736, 805, 920, 930, 932 or 969, get off at Laobeimen Station.
Take City Sightseeing Bus to get there.
Take subway line 10 and get off at Yuyuan Garden Station. You should get out from Exit 1.

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Ticket Fare: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 8:00 - 16:30

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