Qibao Ancient Town, Shanghai

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Explore the streets, towns, and buildings of Qibao Ancient Town, a historical district that offers up the sights, sounds, and scents of old water townships. First built during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1126 CE), and growing into a prosperous commercial district during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the area boasts a wealth of temples, shrines, and long-established stores, all knitted together by narrow streets and the boat-covered river. Cricket fighting holds a significant place in the local culture, with a museum dedicated to the bizarre sport and its tiny insect competitors. Use our Shanghai trip itinerary builder website to arrange your visit to Qibao Ancient Town and other attractions in Shanghai.
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  • We took the metro to Qibao station and walked about 10 mins to this ancient water town. Entrance was free and the alleys beside the river was congested with people. Very touristy with lots of shops.....  more »
  • Small and compact. Not much sights too see but makes for a nice stroll for some souvenirs and good food of which there are lots of. There is a shadow puppet show at 1pm at the museum.  more »
  • Real touristy and usually always packed with people. It's accessible by subway and so it's easy to get to at least. The main road is crowded but the side roads are much less traveled.
  • A beautiful Ancient Town dating back to around the 1200's. The town includes the Bell Temple and tons of restaurants and shops. The town is beautiful when the sun sets and everything lights up in incredible red and green hues. Qibao is a hidden gem located just off of one of the main roads in Shanghai. The shops have everything from small souvenirs and trinkets to purses, clothes, and shoes. In addition to the many restaurants, there are street food vendors mixed in with the shops of Qibao where, if you're brave enough, you can experience Chinese food that is as authentic as it gets. We were glad that we stumbled across Qibao and look forward to walking the streets of Qibao again during future visits to Shanghai. It was a wonderful experience visiting a town that's more than 500 years older than the country I call home (America). There is a bridge over the Puhui River where you can get some great photos of the shops and restaurants that line both sides of the water on either side of the bridge. Qibao is also known for their crickets and, I believe, the cricket fights in the arena. I didn't see the cricket fights, but I did see some of the crickets and they are HUGE! I've never seen anything like it. Qibao is worth the visit if for no other reason than to see the biggest crickets I've ever seen (by far).
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