Visit these his­tor­i­cal pro­tected com­mu­ni­ties and vil­lages out­side of Shang­hai

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Luo­dian town in Shang­hai’s Baoshan dis­trict re­cently was listed among the “fa­mous his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural towns and vil­lages of China” by the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China (MOHURD), east­day. com re­ported Tues­day.

Apart from Luo­dian, Shang­hai has 12 other lo­cal towns and vil­lages on the list, in­clud­ing Fengjing an­cient town, Zhu­ji­a­jiao water­town, Jiad­ing town, Xin­chang an­cient town, Zhangyan town, Liantang town, Nanx­i­ang town, Gao­qiao town, Jinze town, Chuan­sha new town, Gexin vil­lage and Xi­atang vil­lage.

Luo­dian town

The re­cently nom­i­nated Luo­dian town is lo­cated at the North­west part of Baoshan dis­trict and was formed around the Tang Dy­nasty (618–907). Due to its prox­im­ity to rivers and the sea, it be­came a fish­ing vil­lage dur­ing the Song Dy­nasty (960–1279) and en­joyed rapid agri­cul­tural and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Nowa­days, the town is most fa­mous for its dragon boat folk ac­tiv­i­ties, which be­gan in the Ming Dy­nasty (1368–1644); to­day, in­stead of fo­cus­ing on rac­ing, the dragon boat ac­tiv­i­ties in Luo­dian are mostly just touris­tic per­for­mances. The town is also renowned for its su­perb man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques of these boats.

The town is known for its spe­cial­ized fish balls and sweet deserts. Vis­i­tors can take metro Line 7 to Meilanhu Sta­tion, and then walk or cy­cle to town.

Fengjing an­cient town

This an­cient area in Shang­hai’s Jin­shan dis­trict is known for its bridges, rivers and al­leys, which are a clas­sic part of the Jiang­nan (the re­gion south of the Yangtze River) scenery. Fengjing was among the first batch of lo­cal towns se­lected in the list by MOHURD.

The ar­chi­tec­ture in Fengjing is em­bed­ded with a strong Jiang­nan style. The town has main­tained its an­cient ar­chi­tec­tures, which can be found on Heping Street, Shengchan Street, Beida Street and Youhao Street.

The town is also known for its tra­di­tional snacks and foods in­clud­ing yel­low rice wine and dried bean curd. Vis­i­tors can take Line 1 to Jin­jiang Park Sta­tion and then catch a lo­cal bus.

Zhu­ji­a­jiao water­town

Zhu­ji­a­jiao in Qingpu dis­trict is one of the best-de­vel­oped her­itage towns in Shang­hai. It is cred­ited as the “Venice of Shang­hai.”

Ar­chi­tec­tures of the an­cient Jiang­nan style are well pre­served in town. For in­stance, the land­mark is Fang­sheng (set­ting-fish-free) Bridge, which is the long­est, largest and tallest stone bridge in town. Stand­ing on the bridge’s high point, one will have a view of the en­tire area.

No­tice­ably, North Street has pre­served many of its an­cient build­ings from the Ming and Qing dy­nas­ties. The most pop­u­lar lo­cal food is the so-called “grand­mother zongzi.” Al­most ev­ery food store in town has hired an el­derly woman to make meat-filled zongzi. Take

Line 17 and get off at Zhu­ji­a­jiao Sta­tion.

Jiad­ing town

This town is lo­cated at the north­west­ern part of Jiad­ing dis­trict, and is the busi­ness, cul­tural and tourism cen­ter of the dis­trict. It is renowned for its cul­ture.

Here you will see modern city views and plenty of tra­di­tional build­ings, in­clud­ing Fahua Tower, a Con­fu­cian tem­ple, and Hui­long­tan Park. The town also pre­served a batch of mu­se­ums with strong cul­tural val­ues, in­clud­ing Jiad­ing Mu­seum, Jiad­ing Bam­boo Carv­ing Mu­seum, and Luyan­shao Art Mu­seum.

Vis­i­tors can take Line 11 to West Jiad­ing Sta­tion.

Xin­chang an­cient town

Lo­cated in Pudong New Area, Xin­chang is an ideal es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of ur­ban Shang­hai. The old streets, rivers, ex­quis­ite stone arch bridges and tra­di­tional houses here present a clas­sic pic­ture of the an­cient Jiang­nan water­town.

One of the most fa­mous tourist at­trac­tions in town is its stone arch­way. An­other tourist hot spot is Jiang­nan First Tea­house, where many Chi­nese movies and TV se­ries have been filmed.

Vis­i­tors can take metro Line 16 to Xin­chang Sta­tion and then bus 628 to the des­ti­na­tion.

Zhangyan town

In sub­ur­ban Shang­hai’s Jin­shan dis­trict, this old town is from the Tang Dy­nasty. Its tourism re­sources haven’t been fully de­vel­oped, and its res­i­dents still live a peace­ful life.

The most fa­mous spots in town in­clude Zhangyan Park, which was once the pri­vate res­i­dence of a lo­cal distin­guished fam­ily from the Yuan Dy­nasty (1279–1368).

Vis­i­tors can take metro Line 1 to Lian­hua Road Sta­tion and then Lian­wei bus line to the town.

Liantang town

This town in Qingpu dis­trict was formed dur­ing the Three King­doms pe­riod (220–280) some 1,000 years ago. It is said that the fa­mous mil­i­tary gen­eral Zhou Yu (175–210) built a pool in town to train his navy.

The town is con­nected with rivers and old bridges. The for­mer res­i­dence of Chen Yun (1905–1995), a CPC rev­o­lu­tion­ary vet­eran, is one of the sites to see.

The most rep­re­sen­ta­tive food is jiaobai, known in English as wa­ter bam­boo. Since the wa­ter and soil con­di­tions in town are su­perb, jiaobao grown here is ex­tremely de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious. Fried steamed dumplings are also a lo­cal spe­cialty.

Vis­i­tors can take the metro Line 17 to Zhu­ji­a­jiao Sta­tion be­fore tak­ing the Qingzheng or Qingx­iao bus lines.

Pho­tos: VCG

From top: Vis­i­tors look at cor­morants at Fengjing an­cient town of Jin­shan dis­trict; A man rows a boat along a river in Zhu­ji­a­jiao water­town of Qingpu dis­trict; Peo­ple cel­e­brate a dragon boat cul­tural fes­ti­val in Luo­dian town, Baoshan dis­trict.

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