Qibao Ancient Town, Shanghai

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Explore the streets, towns, and buildings of Qibao Ancient Town, a historical district that offers up the sights, sounds, and scents of old water townships. First built during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1126 CE), and growing into a prosperous commercial district during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the area boasts a wealth of temples, shrines, and long-established stores, all knitted together by narrow streets and the boat-covered river. Cricket fighting holds a significant place in the local culture, with a museum dedicated to the bizarre sport and its tiny insect competitors. Use our Shanghai trip itinerary builder website to arrange your visit to Qibao Ancient Town and other attractions in Shanghai.
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  • You tell me that being in China is this scenery... it's a fact... and early.. .we are not always in our comfort zone, but spend a few hours in this historic district that brings closer you to their historic and culinary side! Dozens of small shops aligned in tiny alleys and crowded with hundreds of people. You can test, taste and buy everything that excites your palate. This was a way to approach the Chinese food. Outside of the so-called commercial streets there are architecture and constructions of the past, the many bridges that cross the rivers nearby, people who live nearby, children who learn the basics of fishing with their grandfathers. For us... another small facet cultural! Four hours.. .who were the most interesting!
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  • It is a familiar Riverside in the subway. It is about a 10-minute walk away from the station. Weekends are crowded with Chinese tourists. Street food stalls so you are full of tourist and plain old water, but is fun to eat so many coming along.
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  • If you want to see night life of china please visit this place, I like atmosphere they are very clean neat and well maintained. recommended  more »
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  • This place is great if you don't want to travel too far outside the city to explore an ancient town. Cool and unique shops too, I was surprised. Explore the history!
  • Authenticity. Public spaces could be greatly improved in terms of hygiene. Bridges have stairs but not fully wheel chair friendly. Very difficult to find vegetarian meals.
  • Visiting Qibao was a real pleasure during my 2 years in China. Located on the outskirts of Shanghai this little town is thronged by tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of 'ancient' China. For me this place was charming because of the equally large number of locals who visited it for bargain shopping. If you can't find an item in the hundreds of malls and shopping streets of downtown Shanghai try your luck in Qibao before giving up your search. Explore this place for its hidden treasures, beautifully restored architecture, interesting street food and great bargains!
  • Good place to buy stuff. It's one of the smaller attractions i have seen.
  • prepare yourself for the squeeze, or be early, and avoid weekends! one of the many old towns, this one is nearest to Shanghai.

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