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Shanghai City God Temple (Chenghuang Miao) Tours

Shanghai City God Temple (Chenghuang Miao)
The City God Temple (Chenghuang Miao) is one of the main Taoist temples in Shanghai. Originally built during the Ming Dynasty, the temple has a rich history, which has survived its near destruction and renovation over the years. Still an active and lively temple, it’s a beautiful oasis within bustling Old Shanghai.
 
The Basics
The temple occupies more than 21,500 square feet (2,000 square meters) and includes nine halls. It is dedicated to three local deities, or city gods—General Huo Guang, General Chen Huacheng, and scholar Qin Yubo—although there are statues of other Taoist deities as well. The temple is popular with visitors as well as locals, who come here to pray for good fortune or other favors.
 
The City God Temple is situated within a large pedestrian zone, along with Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar, and surrounding streets and markets. Many sightseeing tours stop here, along with other Shanghai highlights, such as the Bund, Nanjing Road, or Xintiandi. For a more customized experience, opt for a private guide.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The temple is a must-see for visitors who are interested in history, architecture, or religion.
  • This is a place of worship, so visitors should be quiet and respectful.
  • The lively marketplace just outside the temple grounds can be extremely crowded.
 
How to Get There
The temple is located near Yuyuan Garden, in the Huangpu district. If you’re traveling by  metro, take Line 10 to Yuyuan Garden Station and walk about 10 minutes. You can also take bus 64 or 715 and get off at Fuxingdonglu Guangqilu, or take bus 66, 306, 929, 969, or 980 and get off at Henannanlu Fuyoulu.
 
When to Get There
The temple is open year-round. It can be very busy on the weekends; visit during the week for smaller crowds. The most festive times to visit are during festivals times, such as the Sanxun Festival, Lantern Festival, or Double-Nine Festival.
 
Chenghuang Miao Food Street
The area around the temple is well-known for its cuisine, with numerous restaurants and food stalls serving local delicacies. Some of the most famous purveyors include Nanxing Steamed Buns, Lu Bo Lang Restaurant, Shanghai De Xing Guan, and Songyue Vegetarian Restaurant.
Address: Shanghai, Shanghai Region, China
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Comprehensive and Great Value Shanghai city tour with Xitang water village

Comprehensive and Great Value Shanghai city tour with Xitang water village

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Cross Shanghai's must-see attractions off your list during this private full day tour of the city and Xitang Water Town. Visit top attractions like Yu Gardens, the French Concession, and more with a guide who will provide informative commentary throughout the tour. This customizable itinerary can be modified to suit your specific interests in Shanghai.
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  • 9 to 12 hours
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Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Temple and Taobao City Market

Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Temple and Taobao City Market

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Discover the temples, gardens and markets of old Shanghai on this private full-day tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off.  Marvel over the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple, admire the ancient Chenghuangmiao Temple and stroll around the idyllic Yuyuan Garden, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty.  After tucking into a typical Chinese lunch (included) practice your haggling skills as you browse the Taobao City Market.
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Chinese Religions Walking Tour in Shanghai

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Discover another side of Shanghai when you embark on a private, religion-themed walking tour of the city. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide directly at your hotel. Then, transfer to the Shanghai Old City. You’ll discover more about the three religious traditions that helped shape the city: visit a Buddhist monastery, discover a Taoist temple, and see a Confucian temple. As you go, learn more about about Shanghai’s history, too.
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Explore the unique Shanghainese culture, history and enjoy sightseeing. You will be deeply touched by the Chinese culture and travel back in time as you visit a variety of ancient temples which have preserved wisdom for centuries. China has been always open to foreign cultures of the world, which is the reason that you can find different religions and local historic temples in many Chinese cities. By joining our trip, you will learn about Chinese Buddhism which made its way into China from India around the third century BC. Also, you will discover the fundamental philosophical principles developed by influential figures such as Confucius by visiting a Confucianist temple and the City Guardian Temple located in Shanghai. If a trip to the past is not enough, don’t worry, we will help you experience first hand the impressive progress of technology in China by letting you try cashless and cardless payment methods and many other tech wonders.
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Private Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

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Journey back to old Shanghai on this 2-hour private walking tour of historic Nan Shi, Shanghai’s oldest district. Learn about China’s notorious Ming Dynasty, Taoist beliefs and spiritual traditions as you explore the walled Old Town and sample typical delicacies like local dumplings (own expense). See the landmark Chenghuangmiaof (Temple of the Town God), stroll through the pretty Yuyuan Garden and wander through the lively ‘lilongs’ (residential streets). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
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Experience Chinese Herbs Market & Taoism Temple Plus TaiJi Practice Bike Tour

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See a different side of Shanghai, and connect with its history and heritage, on this immersive, half-day bike tour of the city. Starting out from a central location, you’ll meet your guide and will grab your bicycle and helmet. Head first to a traditional Chinese medicine shop before continuing through the scenic French Concession. Stop at a local park for training with a tai chi master. Finally, visit a local Taoist temple to learn more about this spiritual tradition.
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【Shanghai•City Walk】Shanghai half-day city tour

【Shanghai•City Walk】Shanghai half-day city tour

The private English speaking tour guide will show you around famous attractions and tell you the history and story of Shanghai. The best tour to experience the past of Shanghai. Many Shanghai classic attractions are included. The private English speaking tour guide will show you around and tell you the history and story of Shanghai.
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Cindy's Morning Breakfast, Wet Market and Gong-Fu Cha Tea Ceremony Private Tour

Cindy's Morning Breakfast, Wet Market and Gong-Fu Cha Tea Ceremony Private Tour

It's a common saying that in order taste the true flavor of a place, do what locals do. In Shanghai, it's the early morning breakfast market. If you are an early riser or you have flown in from overseas and are waking early because of the time change, this is the perfect way to get out and do a little walking while getting to know more about the local Shanghai breakfast culture. Your guide Cindy, will get off the beaten path to explore neighborhoods while enjoying the tasty food shoulder to shoulder with locals. We will also see the Wet Markets. Named because the floor tends to be wet, thanks to the live fish flopping around and the vendors' habit of throwing water on the ground to keep the area clean. Along the way, you will wander through some of the urban alleys that many locals call home. It is fascinating to see what it is like for Cindy to live in this incredibly densely populated area. You end at your guide's home for a Gong-Fu Tea ceremony. You will leave with a new friend.
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Shanghai Airport Stopover Private Tour to Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden and Bund

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Break free from airport terminal boredom and imagine strolling through lanes flanked with cafes, brand stores, galleries framed by a skyline punctuated with stunning Yu Garden, historical Jade Buddha Temples and architecture along the Bund. You can safely venture into the city without the fear of missing your connecting flight and take a relaxing break from airplane mode on Shanghai layover.
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Top Shanghai Airport Layover Tour with Maglev Train Experience

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Private Tour of Shanghai Tower, Old Street, Xintiandi with Xiaolongbao Lunch

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With the assistance of the knowledgeable guide, we will visit around many of the highlights in Central Shanghai. Shanghai Tower provides a fantastic view of the city from its observation deck and it's cafe, while walking through the antique streets of Old Shanghai and Xintiandi is captivating in a different way. For lunch, we will visit a place in Old Shanghai to eat Nanxiang Xiaolongbao. In the Afternoon we will visit Xintiandi and Shikumen museum and a local Taoist temple. 1. All admission fees included 2. Private professional guide included for the entire duration 3. Free hotel pickup and drop-off included 4. Flexible starting and ending time (Suggested 9:00am to 5:00pm)
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RideNow Cycle Club is the biggest Cycle Club in China, with immense experiences of leading cycling trips from beginner level to professional racing level. Having rooted in Shanghai for over a decade, we have the most comprehensive knowledge about riding a bicycle in the modernest city in China.
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2 Days Shanghai Shore Excursions Enjoy City Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town

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Enjoy 2 days Shanghai shore excursions to downtown city, exploring highlights of Shanghai city from historical Yu Garden and Bund, as well as modern Nanjing Road and World Financial Center, enjoy the beautiful Oriental Venice of Shanghai at Zhujiajiao Water Town, get a memorable trip in China!
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8 or 10 Hours Private Old Culture in New Shanghai Tour (or Layover)

8 or 10 Hours Private Old Culture in New Shanghai Tour (or Layover)

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Spend a quality 8 or 10 hours discovering China’s thousands year old cultural roots in today’s Shanghai… Buddhism; Taoism; Confucianism & classical garden art. You will… • Experience Buddhist culture by copying Scripture calligraphy in Jade Buddha Temple; • Learn about Confucius with tea testing process in Confucian Temple. • Finding your own zodiac god in a Taoist temple: City God Temple; • View the wonderful aesthetic of Chinese landscape by visiting the classical Yu Yuan garden; • Visit Old Town Shanghai to see the traditional architectures of Ming & Qing dynasties, including time to souvenirs shop; • Sample and enjoy the various delicacies of Shanghai’s “street food”, or dine at a well-known restaurant, as you wish… all delicious! The tour itinerary can be fully customized based on your interests and needs, please feel free to discuss with your guide when meet up. Pickup and drop-off by private car service is inclusive.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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2 Days Shanghai Layover Tour

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Experience the combination of modern and tradition in what has created Shanghai’s unique charm on this tour as you visit the city's highlights within 2 days, such as famous Yu Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Tower, Nanjing Road and more. With convenient airport transfer service, this tour grant traveler a hassle-free layover in Shanghai.
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Shanghai Cruise Port Private Day Tour Exploring City Highlights

Shanghai Cruise Port Private Day Tour Exploring City Highlights

Explore the city highlights from Shanghai port in one day, enjoy the classic garden views and savor delicious street food, walk leisurely along the Bund and marvel at city skyline on the tallest buildings-Shanghai Tower!
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  • 8 hours
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1 day Shanghai City Mini Group tour

1 day Shanghai City Mini Group tour

You can experience the diverse Shanghai in one single day accompanied by our experienced guide. Almost all of the famous landmarks are included.
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144 Hours Visa-free Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Tour from Airport

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Join in the popular Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou tour package with airport transfer, reveal myriad sides of China that stretch far beyond the popular tourist trails immersing you deep into beautiful landscapes of Suzhou and Hangzhou, as well as get to know the Shanghai modernization. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide throughout your experience.
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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Self-Guide 10-Hour Private Transfer Tour

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Flexible self-guide tour with English speaking driver service . Exploring Zhujiajiao water town and Shanghai’s most incredible city attractions by private driver assistant . Reduce tour cost without guide and more flexible and enjoying with your own time, without rushing and pushing during whole day. More choice for Shanghai city attractions , Hotel pick up and drop off included .
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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2 Days Shanghai Private Tour from Cruise Port

2 Days Shanghai Private Tour from Cruise Port

Take the chance of Shanghai port layover to explore downtown Shanghai, enjoy the most highlighted sites and experience the modern and ancient part of Shanghai. Convenient Shanghai cruise port transfer is included!
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  • 2 days
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Shanghai City Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town Self-Guide Private Day Trip

Shanghai City Highlights and Zhujiajiao Water Town Self-Guide Private Day Trip

Enjoying flexible self-guide trip and private English speaking driver assistant . Exploring Zhujiajiao water town and Shanghai’s most incredible city attractions. No pushing and rushing, flexible and enjoying with your own time. More choice for Shanghai city attractions , Hotel pick up and drop off included .
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Flexible Hours of Private Shanghai Layover or Transfer Tour

Flexible Hours of Private Shanghai Layover or Transfer Tour

Specially designed for layover or transfer guests. 100% flexible customized to fit into guests' time schedule. You can choose : • Transfer Only; • 4hr Transfer + sightseeing; • 6hr Transfer + sightseeing; • 8hr Transfer + sightseeing; • 10hr Transfer + sightseeing. Pick-up and drop-off at guests' time schedule at any address in Shanghai. No mater you are airport layover or transfer from airport to cruise port or vice versa, or Disneyland hotel, or central hotel or train station. We smooth your trip! Note: For airport layover guests, keep at least 3 hrs more than the tour duration you chosen, for flight boarding etc.
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  • 2 to 12 hours
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$42.00
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Shanghai Tour of the Bund, FFC and Dinner inside the Oriental Pearl Tower

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New visitors to Shanghai can get acquainted with the city at an easy-going pace on this full-day small group tour. With an expert guide, travel the city by private vehicle, stopping at major attractions like the Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like Shanghai Old Street, Shikumen Museum and Sinan Road. Plus, we will enjoy dinner in the revolving restaurant in the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and enjoy panoramic views of Shanghai. 1.Shop around the boutique arts and crafts stores in the Xintiandi enclave 2.Lunch and dinner are included, with vegetarian options available 3.Your guide can answer all your questions about the city on this small group tour 4.Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your Shanghai hotel
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Full-Day Private Tour trough Shanghai Highlights

Full-Day Private Tour trough Shanghai Highlights

Get to know Shanghai with your own guide on this private day tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, walk through People’s Square and visit Shanghai Museum; walk around Nanjing Road, exploring surrounding communities and the thinnest building. In the afternoon, visit the largest Shanghai's ancient garden - Yu Garden and the oldest temple - Longhua Temple, explore the Historical Sites along Wukang Road and Hengshan Road. According to your preference, your guide will recommend some delicious local foods to eat. 1. Learn about profound history and culture at Shanghai Museum 2. Experience the original Shanghai atmosphere in Yuyuan Old Street and local communities 3. Visit the central origin of Shanghai urban coordinate axis at Park Hotel 4. Personalized experience with a private guide 5. Make the most of limited time with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$147.20
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