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Shanghai Old Street

An Introduction to Shanghai Old Street

If you want to look back on the bygone days of Shanghai, the Shanghai Old Street will lead you to travel through the time tunnel back to 100 years ago. Shanghai Old Street is a tourist avenue where a glossy, embalmed wedge of the past is preserved.

As an important part of the Yuyuan Garden tourism zone, Shanghai Old Street starts from South Henan Road, and then leads into the Yu Yuan Mart, where you can go further into Yuyuan Garden and Old City God’s Temple nearby.

Shanghai Old Street, originally named fangbang middle road, is 825 meters long. The street is divided into eastern and western sections by Guanyi Street.

The eastern section retains characteristics of residences in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and early Republican days (1911-1949). The houses on both sides of the street are fitted with checkered windows, and shop fronts have wooden boards, balustrades and swing doors. Their roofs have upturned eaves, protruding corners and laced drain-pipes. The western section is filled with Ming (1368-1644) and Qing style architecture. Black tiles and white-washed walls, red columns and upturned eaves, showcase the style of old Shanghai.

The western section has a number of antique and curio shops, as well as restaurants and teahouses, and the eastern section has a variety of shops including florists, shoe and clothing retailers, noodle restaurants and specialty dealers selling Chinese tea and snacks, such as "Five Fragrant Beans".

In the street you will find hundred-year old stores: Tonghanchun, Laotongsheng, Wuliangcai, Wanyouquan, Qiu Tianbao, Old Shanghai Tea House, Deshun Western Food Restaurant, Chunfeng Deyi Restaurant, Chunfeng Deyi Restaurant, Xishi Soya Beancurd Store, Dingniangzi Cloth Store, Rongshun Restaurant and Baoyintang. There are also newly opened Danfeng Tea House, Clinic of renowned traditional Chinese medical doctors and others of traditional characteristics.

As an ideal place to explore old Shanghai, and also an important east-west passageway to Shiliupu, the City God Temple and Yuyan area, Shanghai Old Street fully expresses the historical and cultural evolution of old Shanghai in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Tourists can enjoy the unique local flavor whilst absorbing the typical human and cultural elements of old Shanghai.

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