Shanghai Temple of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)
Almost every city in China has a Town God temple, and Shanghai’s dates back to 1403. It was converted into a City God temple in 1403 during the Ming Dynasty. As the popularity of the temple grew during the Qing Dynasty, businesses started popping up in around it until the entire area turned into a busy marketplace until its near destruction during the Cultural Revolution.
While the temple was restored in the 1990s and again in 2005, its renovations have held true to the building’s fifteenth century beginnings. You’ll still see local Shanghai residents burning incense to statues of Huo Guang and Qin Yubo, and the much of the market surrounding the temple has been restored, though you’ll see more souvenir stalls and noodle shops nowadays.
Tours & Tickets
Explore the history, art and symbolism of Buddhism as you visit two of Shanghai’s major Buddhist temples with an East Asian art scholar as your professional ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
See Shanghai through the eyes of a local on this 2-hour guided tour of the city’s areas where normal tours don’t go. Follow your knowledgeable local guide as ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Get a taste of traditional Shanghai on this private guided tour. On this full-day sightseeing tour, visit Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Chenghuangmiao ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)