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Shanghai Old Street

Stroll down this historic street lined with buildings that showcase the city’s architectural evolution from the Ming and Qing Dynasties to the 20th century. 

Shanghai Old Street is a recently restored area featuring gorgeous traditional houses. As you walk from west to east, note how the buildings’ architectural styles evolve from typical Ming dynasty buildings to Chinese Republican designs. The buildings host specialist shops selling everything from jade jewelry to calligraphy manuals.

Also known as Fangbang Zhong Lu, this street is divided into eastern and western sections. Walk down the eastern end, where shops and residences are modeled after buildings from the late Qing dynasty. Notice the buildings’ upturned roof eves and horse-shaped wall tops, characteristic of architecture during this period.

On the west end of the street, buildings are designed after classic Ming and Qing dynasty architecture. Admire their red pillars, lattice windows, black tiles and whitewashed walls. 

Check out the Temple of the Town God, which was first founded in the 15th century. Destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries, this temple is now a popular place for local residents to offer incense to their favorite town gods in hopes of receiving good fortune. Look for beautiful carvings on the roof above the main hall, which houses the statue of General Huo Guang. 

Look inside some of the older shops along the street, including Chunfeng Deyi Teahouse, located near the intersection with Xiaochang. Visitors here can enjoy a cup of traditional Yuan Bao Tea, made with two olives as a symbol of good luck. Stop by the teahouse on Saturday or Sunday to see Ping Tan, a storytelling and ballad-singing performance. 

Don’t miss the antique collection at the Old Shanghai Teahouse. Gathered by the teahouse’s owner over the years, the pieces are presented in chronological order from the late Qing dynasty to the founding of the People's Republic of China. If you’re hungry, this teahouse is a perfect place to snack on Shanghai-style steamed buns or spicy noodles.

Explore Shanghai Old Street at any time. The street is marked on either end by large decorative arches. To get here, take the bus or subway to  Laoximen or Yuyuan Station. Couple your visit with a stop at Yuyuan Garden.


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Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (23 reviews)

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square and Yu Garden. Former French Concession ...

    Sofitel Shanghai HylandNZ$117

    Sofitel Shanghai HylandNZ$117
    Park Hyatt Shanghai

    Park Hyatt Shanghai

    No 100 Century Avenue Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower. Shanghai World Financial Center and The Bund are also within ...

      Park Hyatt ShanghaiNZ$468

      Park Hyatt ShanghaiNZ$468
      Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

      Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

      33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

        This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai ...

        Pudong Shangri-La East ShanghaiNZ$213

        Pudong Shangri-La East ShanghaiNZ$213
        Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

        Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

        No 33. North Henan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huxinting Tea House, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Nanjing Road Shopping District and ...

          Bulgari Hotel ShanghaiNZ$852

          Bulgari Hotel ShanghaiNZ$852
          Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

          Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

          No. 2, Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum are ...

            Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the BundNZ$421

            Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the BundNZ$421
            Grand Hyatt Shanghai

            Grand Hyatt Shanghai

            88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.8 out of 5 (4 reviews)

              Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is steps away from IFC Mall and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower are also within ...

              Grand Hyatt ShanghaiNZ$268

              Grand Hyatt ShanghaiNZ$268
              Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel

              Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel

              No.33 Fujian S Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yuyuan Bazaar, The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Old ...

                Campanile Shanghai Bund HotelNZ$78

                Campanile Shanghai Bund HotelNZ$78
                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

                Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  1.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                  Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park. ...

                  The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, PudongNZ$473

                  The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, PudongNZ$473
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