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Qibao Ancient Town

 Shanghai Attractions

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Introduction to Qibao Ancient Town (七宝古镇)

Qibao Ancient Town is a tourist attraction in Shanghai and is the closest water town to Shanghai. It is situated in southwest Shanghai at the center of Minxing District by the Puhui River. As an ancient water town with beautiful natural scenery and also long history and profound cultural background, Qibao Ancient Water Town has become a hot destination for tourists going on a Shanghai tour.

Qibao Ancient Town was built during the Northern Song Dynasty and has a history more than one thousand year. The town derived its name from the Qibao Temple in the town, which is a famous Buddhist temple in the area.

The charming scenery of water town and ancient architectures are the main sights to enjoy when traveling to Qibao Ancient Town. Along the river, there are many traditional Chinese architecture that are preserved from Ming and Qing dynasties. Also there are old streets and many museums to see in Qibao.

Qibao Temple, which enjoys significant position in the development of the town, is the most famous site in Qibao Ancient Town. With its long history and splendid appearance, the newly rebuilt Qibao Temple is a fine example of architecture styled in Han and Tang dynasties. Also the Bell Tower, Shadowgraph Museum, Cricket House, Cotton Textile Mill, Zhou’s Miniature Museum, Qibao Calligraphy Arts Room, the Old Trades House, and many other attractions in the town are great places to see and feel the old history.

The Qibao Old Street is located in the center of the town is a place you should not miss out. The old street is divided into the north old street and south old street, with the south street specializing in local food and the north street many shops selling arts, crafts, calligraphy, and souvenirs. 

Qibao Ancient Town is also famous for its specialty food and snacks. Braised Pork, Pig’s Trotters, Stinky Tofu, Lamb and Rive Wine, Hai Tang Cake, Tuan Zi, Banana Rice in Bamboo Tubes, and Xiaolong Bao are some of the must-try food in Qibao Ancient Town.

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Qibao Ancient Town, Minhang District, Shanghai

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Main Sights

Qibao Temple, Bell Tower, Shadowgraph Museum, Cricket House, Cotton Textile Mill, Zhou's Miniature Museum, Qibao Calligraphy Arts Room, Old Trades House

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Travel Information

Admission: Free

Opening Hours: 8:30AM - 9:30PM

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1. To reach Qibao Ancient Town take Metro Line 9 getting off at Qibao Station, leaving the station via Exit 2.

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Travel Tips 

1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.



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