This ancient property owned by a Ming dynasty official is the only Ming garden in the northern part of the Old City. Built in 1559, the 2-hectare garden has been around for over four centuries. It boasts over 40 ingeniously conceived, well laid out ancient buildings, which have interesting names like Iron Panther, Moon Tower and Hearing-Waves Pavilion. With its pavilions, artificial mountains and ponds, it’s widely advertised as a gem of classic Chinese gardening and an oasis of calm marooned in the urban bustle. It is not only a tourist attraction, but also a worth-a-dedicated-trip shopping destination where trinkets, local products and famous snacks attract those ready to shell out.
Middle fangbang road
Yu Garden Station, Subway Line 10; Bus 11/26/64/66/920/926/929/930
Chenghuangmiao (City God Temple), located in an eponymous tourist-centric zone, is Shanghai’s most important Taoist temple. It has stood there for nearly six centuries since it was built in Ming dynasty’s Yongle period (1403-1424). Numerous halls are spread out in an area of about 2,000 square meters.
This spacious, elegantly furnished eatery has a very simple menu where steamed buns, sour and spicy soup and Dandan noodles, all of which are its signature creations, feature prominently. Patrons are mostly visitors from Taiwan China and foreign countries.
It’s been 160 years since Laofengxiang was established in 1848 and today it has evolved into the most respected brand in China’s jewelry industry. Yinlou (silver building) is China’s only century-old location of Laofengxiang and the name of the building is nothing but the origin of the brand.
Patrons to this time-honored Shanghai restaurant include many foreign leaders. Signature dishes include chewy Crystal Shrimps, sweet and salty Eight-Treasure Duck and glistening Guihua Cake. Housed in a quaint building, the restaurant affords charming vistas of the Nine-Curve Bridge and its surrounds.
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