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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.

Popular Activities at Shanghai Old Street

Give yourself heaps of time at Shanghai Old Street. Below are the top things to do:

You should consider buying a Private Shanghai Afternoon Tour or a Classic and Modern Shanghai Full View Group Tour while you're visiting. These activities are some of the most sought-after.

For even more activities, have a look at our Shanghai things to do page.


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Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel ¥11,305
Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town God Temple Snack Street, Yu Garden, and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Old Street are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 16 minutes.

    The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai ¥15,117
    The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

    The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

    88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

      Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥13,156
      Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

      Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

      505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 7 minutes.

        Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥12,207
        Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

        Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

        555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and The Bund. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

          Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai ¥14,482
          Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

          Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

          1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yuyuan Bazaar, Old Chinese City, and Shanghai Museum. The Bund and Shanghai Old Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 11 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 18 minutes.

            Mercure Shanghai Yu Garden ¥5,901
            Mercure Shanghai Yu Garden

            Mercure Shanghai Yu Garden

            789 East FuXing Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of City God Temple, Yu Garden, and Shanghai Old Street. Old Chinese City and The Bund are also within 1 mi (2 km). Xiaonanmen Station is 10 minutes by foot and Lujiabang Road Station is 16 minutes.

              Grand Hyatt Shanghai ¥17,898
              Grand Hyatt Shanghai

              Grand Hyatt Shanghai

              88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is steps from IFC Mall and Shanghai World Financial Center. Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower are also within 10 minutes. Lujiazui Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 9 minutes.

                Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥11,014
                Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

                Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

                505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, Shanghai Museum, and People's Square. Yu Garden and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.