When you picture old China, what comes to your mind? If you want to feel more of old Chinese-style Shanghai you need to move away from the colonial areas and the modern skyscrapers and venture onto the water towns surrounding Shanghai City. While there are quite a few water town options, the closest one to central Shanghai and relatively within town, is Qi Bao.
As many of you maybe know, Shanghai is a River City. It always has been relying on boat traffic and as so many of the other water towns in the nearby. Shanghai had many canals itself. Not much is left of the former Water Town Charm, but this tiny little place called Qibao Old Town and it shouldn’t be missed.
And what a lovely scene it is. When I picture old style Shanghai, this is usually what comes to my mind. Wide canals, Chinese houses, narrow bridges, bustling old shops and vigorous street vendors selling local cheap produce to the loud locals. All that’s missing to make it fit my fantasies of former China are flying Gong Fu masters fighting swords with one another.
As the old street in the heart of this tiny town is the epitome of old Shanghai, the streets has been restored to its original look. The old, time-worn stone roads and narrow lanes left by the Song Dynasty, while the temples, gardens, pavilions, houses has been well preserved from Ming and Qing Dynasty, which features black-bricked walls, elegantly decorated tiles.
Charming, isn't it?
In between all the famous sights, grand skyscrapers and famous places, Shanghai is actually hiding a little gem in its outskirts. A small place where time stood still and the old Shanghai invites to explore.
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