sights / Historic

Qībǎo information

Shànghǎi , China
Street 2 Minzhu Rd, Mǐnháng district; 闵行区民主路2号
Getting there
M Qibao (line 9)
admission ¥45
Opening hours
sights 8.30am- 4.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

When you tire of Shànghǎi's incessant quest for modernity, this tiny town is only a hop, skip and metro ride away. An ancient settlement that prospered during the Ming and Qing dynasties, it is littered with traditional historic architecture, threaded by small, busy alleyways and cut by a picturesque canal. If you can somehow blot out the crowds, Qībǎo brings you the flavours of old China along with huge doses of entertainment.

There are nine official sights included in the through ticket, though you can also skip the ticket and just pay Y5 per sight as you go. The best of the bunch include the Cotton Textile Mill , the Shadow Puppet Museum (performances from 1pm to 3pm Wednesday and Sunday), Zhou's Miniature Carving House and the Old Wine Shop (still an active distillery and a good lunch spot). Half-hour boat rides along the canal slowly ferry passengers from Number One Bridge to Dōngtángtān (东塘滩) and back. Also worth ferreting out is the Catholic Church , adjacent to a convent off Qibao Nanjie, south of the canal.

Wander along Bei Dajie north of the canal for souvenirs; Nan Dajie south of the canal is full of snacks and small eateries such as No 14, which sells sweet tāngyuán dumplings, and No 19, which is a rarely seen traditional teahouse.