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, Old Street and Chenxiang Pavilion all belong to this zone.
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.
In addition, the nearby Yu Garden, Old Street, and Chenxiang Pavilion are hot tour sites that are well worth a visit.
How to get to the Old City God Temple, Shanghai
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.
1. Take bus 932 and get off at City God Temple Station.
2. Take bus 11, 26, 64, 304, 736, 805, 920, 926 or 930 and get off at Xinbeimen Station.
3. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Line 3 or Line 5 to get there.
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|Ticket Fare:||CNY 10|
|Opening Hours:||8:00 - 16:30|
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