Sheltering a community of dark-brown-clothed monks from the Chénhǎi (Sea of Dust) – what Buddhists call the mortal world, but which...
Temple of the Town God
Chinese towns traditionally had a Taoist temple of the town god, but many fell victim to periodic upheaval. Originally dating to the...
Peach Garden Mosque
Originally dating to 1917, this famous mosque is the main place of worship for Shànghǎi’s Muslims.
Old Shànghǎi Teahouse
A bit like the attic of an eccentric aunt, this wonderfully decrepit 2nd-floor teahouse, overlooking the throng of Old Street , is a...
Dating to 1910, this place has cheap eats such as wonton (馄饨汤; húntún tāng; ¥10), and veggie options, including tofu masquerading as...
Middle Fangbang Rd; 方浜中路 · interesting places nearby
Old Street information
This renovated Qing-dynasty stretch of Middle Fangbang Rd is lined with specialist tourist shops, spilling forth with shadow puppets, jade jewellery, embroidered fabrics, kites, horn combs, chopsticks, zǐshā teapots, old poster advertisements, bank notes, Tibetan jewellery, the usual knock-off Mao memorabilia, reproduction 1930s posters, old illustrated books and calligraphy manuals, and surreal 3D-dazzle kitten photos.
Since the closure of the long-standing Dongtai Road Antique Market, some interesting items show up in these shops, but it's best not to assume anything is a genuine antique.