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Shanghai Qibao Town, Shanghai
(3.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Explore the streets, towns, and buildings of Shanghai Qibao 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 Shanghai Qibao 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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TripAdvisor
  • Place gets busy on weekends, great way to dive into Chinese culture. Ask your chinese friend to take u there and then have lunch in one of the hidden places on the second floor of old houses, where on...  more »
  • This is a small, two block wide portion of a water town that is inside of Shanghai and you can reach this place using the subway. It is a tourist trap but, look pass that and you can find good food an...  more »
  • Very cute and quite authentic ancient water town accessible by metro. Free entrance. You can buy a group ticket to the handful of museums inside the town, but the museums are small and specialized. On...  more »
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  • 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!
  • totally touristy and full of junk BUT also quite pretty and interesting. the old buildings and bridges are lovely and worth visiting if you can't get out to suzhou. the place is full of touristy junk stores, some yummy food and mediocre restaurants. also it's full of other tourists, mostly chinese.
  • It is just okay if you need to see the real old style but Dapuqiao has Tianzifung,the traditional chinese ancient style, larger and cleanliness.
  • Takes about 20 minutes from Hongqiao airport by bus. No much attractions except the street foods. Still not a bad idea if you have to spend more than 4 hours waiting for your flight.
  • This is the closest Ancient Water Town to the Shanghai CBD area. Due to that reason, it's always packed on the weekends so it's a good idea to go early before the kids and families arrive. It's also a little small compared to the Water Towns outside of the Shanghai boundaries but it's still absolutely stunning if you're into Chinese history and culture.