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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. Put Qibao Ancient Town into our Shanghai family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Lovely little town to get a sense of the canal towns around Shanghai if you don't have time to leave Shanghai. Within easy walking distance of qibao metro (with the usual malls and apartment blocks) t...  more »
  • Great water town if you're compressed for time and have limited stay in Shanghai. It may not be the best water town compared to other bigger proper ones eg. Zhujiajiao but I find Qibao Water Town is c...  more »
  • This is my mum's favorite place to visit, every time when I go back hometown, we go that town for fun. There are so many food there and the prices are cheap.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.