Shanghai Temple of the Town God (Chenghuang Miao) Tours

The Shanghai Temple of the Town God (Chenghuang Miao or Chenghuangmiao), located in the walled portion of Old Shanghai next to the Yuyuan Garden, is an orthodox Taoist temple dedicated to three local deities or “city gods,” General Huo Guang, scholar Qin Yubo and General Chen Huacheng.

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.

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Routes to take by transit: Line 10 (at Yuyuan Garden Station).
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Private Tour: Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Temple and Taobao City Market

Discover the temples, gardens and markets of old Shanghai on this private full-day tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off.  Marvel over the magnificent Jade Buddha Temple, admire the ancient Chenghuangmiao Temple and stroll around the idyllic Yuyuan Garden, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty.  After tucking into a typical Chinese lunch (included) practice your haggling skills as you browse the Taobao City Market.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a private 8-hour tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit your and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Past and Present

Experience the many faces of past and present Shanghai with your own personal guide to provide context and history on this 8-hour private tour. Discover the city's classical charms at the Ming-era Yuyan Gardens, and visit the Jade Buddha Temple, and a silk reeling factory. Plus, compare the colonial grandeur of the Bund with Shanghai’s modern side on the Nanjing Road. Includes entrance fees, lunch, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$60.00
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All Inclusive Private Xitang Water Town and Shanghai City Sightseeing Combo Tour

Cross Shanghai's must-see attractions off your list during this private full day tour of the city and Xitang Water Town. Visit top attractions like Yu Gardens, the French Concession, and more with a guide who will provide informative commentary throughout the tour. This customizable itinerary can be modified to suit your specific interests in Shanghai.
  • Duration: 9 to 12 hrs
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  • Duration: 9 to 12 hrs
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Private Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

Journey back to old Shanghai on this 2-hour private walking tour of historic Nan Shi, Shanghai’s oldest district. Learn about China’s notorious Ming Dynasty, Taoist beliefs and spiritual traditions as you explore the walled Old Town and sample typical delicacies like local dumplings (own expense). See the landmark Chenghuangmiaof (Temple of the Town God), stroll through the pretty Yuyuan Garden and wander through the lively ‘lilongs’ (residential streets). This is a private tour just for you and your party.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Shanghai City Sightseeing Walking Tour

Feel like a Shanghai local as you explore the city on foot, wandering its labyrinth of back alleys, historic neighborhoods, modern skyscrapers and bustling markets, during this 6-hour excursion with a guide and small group. Interact with friendly Shanghai residents as you stroll past 'Shikumen-style' structures, and then tour the old city bazaar. Then explore the buzzing entertainment area at Xintiandi, and gaze in wonder at the soaring collection of gleaming towers that mark the city’s modern core. This private small-group trip, limited to a maximum of 10 guests, also includes hotel pickup and transport to the start point, plus entrance fees.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Old Shanghai Discovery Walking Tour with Tea Tasting at Confucius Temple

Cover thousands of years of Shanghai history during a single outing on this information-packed walking tour. You’ll go behind-the-scenes of the cutting-edge city to discover the ancient traditions of the one-time sleepy fishing village. Tours include stops at Yu Garden, the Ancient City Wall, and City Gods Temple— and include an exclusive Confucian tea ceremony.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Shanghai City Bus Tour

Enjoy sightseeing in Shanghai on a full-day bus tour that shows you the traditional and modern sides of this dynamic city. See the historic City God Temple, the lovely grounds of Yu Gardens and stroll along the Bund to view colonial architecture. Have lunch then head to Pudong and the Shanghai 2010 Expo Park. Go shopping at Pearl City, and have time to walk around Xintiandi district to see examples of Shikumen-style buildings. Includes entrance fees, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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