Places of Interest in Shanghai: 12 Historical Sites to Explore
Most people’s first impression of Shanghai is a metropolitan city with great modern vitality. But few know that its history can date back to over 6,000 years ago and can now be sampled by the numerous historical places in Shanghai. In light of this, this article is going to introduce you to 12 of the most famous Shanghai places of interest.
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Longhua Pagoda is beside the Longhua Temple. It was built in the Three Kingdoms (220-280), damaged in the later Tang Dynasty (618-907) and reconstructed in 977 in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The current pagoda is 40m (130ft) high and made of brick and wood. Each of its seven floors is an octagon and has up-curling eaves with wind bells hanging on. However, due to the soft soil, Longhua Pagoda now inclines and is not available to enter.
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Apart from the pagoda itself, many other Shanghai historical sites nearby can also please your eyes. For example, the screen wall in front of the pagoda was built in 1370 and it was delicately carved with animals, trees, flowers and treasures. To the north of the pagoda is the Tianfei Temple. In ancient times, many fishermen and sailors burnt incenses here to pray for safety.
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