Old City God Temple

Built in Yongle Reign of Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the Old City God Temple of Shanghai, commonly known as Chenghuangmiao by locals, is located at Middle Fangbang Road, and adjoins Yu 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. Yu Garden, Yuyuan BazaarOld 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 2,000 square meters (2,390 square yards), the present temple includes nine palaces - Huo Guang 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: Huo Guang 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 Yu 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

How to get to the Old City God Temple, Shanghai

 By metro:
Take metro line 10 and get off at Yu Garden Station. Leave from exit 3. Walk south along South Henan Rd. for five minutes and then walk east along Middle Fangbang Rd. for another five minutes to the temple.

 By bus:
1. Take bus 932 and get off at City God Temple Station.
2. Take bus 11, 64, 736, 805, 911 or 930 and get off at Xinbeimen Station, then walk southward to find Yu Garden, the temple is on the south of the garden.
3. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Line 3 to get there.
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Further Reading:
 Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai
Places of Interest in Shanghai: 12 Historical Sites to Explore
5 Things You Must Do in Shanghai in September
 Top 10 Places for a Shanghai Visit in Winter
 8 Fun Things to Do in Shanghai with Family
 Top 10 Shanghai Tourist Spots for Solo Travelers
 Top 10 Famous Temples in Shanghai
- Last updated on Sep. 22, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Let Me Say about
Asked by william from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 03, 2018 11:41Reply
Luggage storage around Shanghai Old City God Temple
I am arriving Shanghai early morning and cannot check into my airbnb till late afternoon. I was wondering if there are any luggage storage places around this area?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nathan from USA | Dec. 03, 2018 23:29

There seems no luggage storage around this area. You can consider taking the luggage with you or leave them in some supermarkets or hotels.
Asked by Mar Tan from PHILIPPINES | Aug. 21, 2018 17:55Reply
Is it possible to visit both the Yuyuan Garden and Old Street areas at night at 6PM?
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Answered by Tomson from USA | Aug. 21, 2018 19:07

Only the Old street can be visited since Yuyuan Garden closes at 16:45.
Asked by Shreya Yellapantula from INDIA | Jun. 30, 2018 22:01Reply
Do we get imitation/fake goods and cheap toys near the city god temple in Shanghai?
Can you suggest some places around?
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Answered by Joy from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 02, 2018 01:03

You can have a try near SH science museum. Get out of the Exit 7 of Science Museum Station and you can see some stores.
Asked by Clarisse from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 20, 2016 11:01Reply
How do I get to Narada Boutique Hotel from Terminal 2 of Pudong Int'l Airport?
What would be the easiest and most convenient way? Thanks!
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Answered by Juana | Mar. 20, 2016 22:01

Hey, subway can be the best option. Take line 2 and get off at East Nanjing Road. Transfer to line 10 to Yuyuan Station. Leave from exit 4. Walk west for 1-2min along Renmin Road to find your hotel.
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