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Shanghai Old Street Travel Guide


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This is world famous characteristic shopping & traveling street in Shanghai featured of its classical building complexes and the unique delicacies. Shanghai Old Street actually is an 825-meter-long business street linked to Yuyuan Garden and City God Temple of Shanghai. In some way, it is a fenceless folk museum of old Shanghai that leaves lots of unforgettable memories in aged people in Shanghai. It characteristically exhibits the history from Ming and Qing dynasties to the Republic of China, also including the inburst period of western culture. Originally named Miaoqian Dajie (literally translated as the Avenue in Front of Temple), it is ranged from South Henan Road on the west to Renmin Road on the east. In short, this is a unique multifunctional street for sightseeing, shopping, leisure and cultural interaction.

Firstly, what will attract you very much are its unique buildings with a harmonies tie with the nearby Yuyuan Garden and City God Temple, and the red volumes, pink walls and black roofs with upturned eaves dotted with some Euro-style buildings vividly show the elegance and uniqueness of ancient architectural clusters of Ming and Qing dynasties. It gives the travelers the right impression that China should be.

In total, there are roughly 225 shops available on both sides of the street. They offer diverse products such as the handicraft articles, painting works, calligraphic works, jewelry and others. The buildings are characterized of the checkered windows, shop-fronts of wooden boards, balustrades and swing doors, roofs with upswept eaves and protruding corners, laced drain-pipes and horse-shape wall tops.

The eastern part retains the features of buildings in the late Qing Dynasty and early Republican era. The typical time-honored representatives include Tonghanchun Medicine Store, Laotongsheng Food Shop, Wuliangcai Glasses Shop and so on, and they may bring you back a Shanghai 100 years ago. There is a famous tea house here widely known as Chunfeng Deyi, and the tea it serves is famous as Yuanbao Tea, in which you can taste two olives. If you travel here at weekends, you can enjoy the performance of pingtan, a typical form of dialogue and singing. The western part is assembled with many antiquity stores, apart from the easily-available restaurants and tea houses. But it is also highly featured of the flower stores, clothes shops and some local snacks such as Wuxiang Bean.

This is an antique but prosperous area in Shanghai remaining lots of the historical memories here. Traveling to Shanghai, if you have more time, Shanghai Old Street is your must-see tourist destination.

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