Over 800 years of some­thing for ev­ery­one in Jiad­ing

Shanghai Daily - - CIIE - Yu Hong chi huo, xi­ao­long­bao xi­ao­long­bao Xi­ao­long­bao xi­ao­long, quyi “quyi

Jiad­ing District in north­west­ern Shang­hai is well known for de­li­cious snacks, sports venues and other fun. Last year, Jiad­ing cel­e­brated its 800-year an­niver­sary with a cav­al­cade of events. This sea­son, things are bit more low key, but there are still plenty of cool things to do.

First, let’s talk about where to eat. Nanx­i­ang is the top des­ti­na­tion for “foodie” in Chi­nese.

Visit Guyi Gar­den Res­tau­rant in Nanx­i­ang and try the made by ex­ec­u­tive chef Li Jian­gang.

is a type of steamed bun, tra­di­tion­ally pre­pared in a the small bam­boo steam­ing bas­ket that gives them their name. When the ar­rive at the ta­ble, take a small bite and suck out the hot soup in­side be­fore eat­ing the meat.

The Con­fu­cius Tem­ple is an­other place no vis­i­tor should miss. The tem­ple was built 800 years ago, and has un­der­gone many ren­o­va­tions. It was once known as the finest Con­fu­cius tem­ple in cen­tral Wu State, one of the states dur­ing the West­ern Zhou Dy­nasty (c. 11th cen­tury770 BC) and the Spring and Au­tumn Pe­riod (770-476 BC). The ter­ri­tory of Wu State in­cluded to­day’s Jiangsu Province and Shang­hai.

Jiad­ing is known as a place of ed­u­ca­tion, and the tem­ple was at the heart of this rep­u­ta­tion. Build­ing work started in 1219, but it was not un­til 30 years later that the tem­ple be­gan to take shape we see to­day. It re­mains one of the big­gest and best-pre­served Con­fu­cius tem­ples in Jiang­nan (re­gion in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River).

To­day, Tongji Univer­sity and Shang­hai Univer­sity have cam­puses in Jiad­ing, sus­tain­ing the city’s rep­u­ta­tion as a cen­ter of aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

Jiad­ing Mu­seum takes you on a jour­ney through the his­tory of the district with ex­hibits and lec­tures. If you want to en­joy some mu­sic or plays, the Poly Grand Theater should be your des­ti­na­tion of choice.

The theater, built four years ago, presents a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances by lo­cal and over­seas play­ers, from tra­di­tional to modern, in­clud­ing the bal­let “Giselle” by the Paul Tay­lor Dance Com­pany. “Swan Lake,” “Sleep­ing Beauty” and “The Nutcracker” by Rus­sian com­poser Tchaikovsky are com­ing up in the next few months.

The theater of­fers classes for chil­dren to get to know and love mu­sic.

If you just want to take your fam­ily for a walk in the park, then the best des­ti­na­tion is Ji­abei Coun­try Park, one of Shang­hai’s big­gest sub­ur­ban parks. Open to the pub­lic for just over a year, Ji­abei fea­tures farm­land, his­toric build­ings and driver­less ve­hi­cles. While the south part of the park is mostly farm­land, the north part will even­tu­ally be cov­ered by for­est.

When you fi­nally head for home, be sure to take a Xuhang straw sou­venir. Xuhang straw plait­ing has sur­vived for over 1,000 years. For cen­turies the res­i­dents of Xuhang cre­ated ex­quis­ite ar­ti­cles for daily use us­ing the stems of yel­low grass and dec­o­rated them with col­or­ful pat­terns. Xuhang straw prod­ucts are fa­mous far and wide for their clever, beau­ti­ful de­signs and prac­ti­cal con­ve­nience. Whether hand­bags, fruit plates, hats or slip­pers, th­ese daily ar­ti­cles, laden with lo­cal fla­vor, boast nat­u­ral beauty and are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

Be­fore leav­ing, you must not for­get to take in some like tra­di­tional bal­lad singing, comic di­a­logue and clap­per talks. Jiad­ing was the fourth city in the coun­try to be named as a city.”

Jiad­ing is a fab­u­lous place to visit. Ev­ery­one will find some­thing in­ter­est­ing, some­thing de­li­cious to eat, and a mem­ory to take home, among des­ti­na­tions both an­cient and modern.

Visi­tors taste Nanx­i­angxi­ao­long­bao.

Jiad­ing Mu­seum — IC

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