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Chenghuanmiao: Shanghai’s 100 year market


Oct 21, 2019

Chenghuanmiao: Shanghai’s 100 year market

Oct 21, 2019

Modern Shanghai is hardly the typical Chinese city – most traces of the old town having succumbed to developers. But amidst the skyscrapers and hi-tech bustle is a century-old market where Chinese traditions are still very much alive.

Being China’s foremost business and financial centre, it’s no wonder that Shanghai is more advanced than any of the nation’s other cities. Nevertheless, China’s cultural heritage lives on in every district of its most cosmopolitan city.

One such place is the popular Chenghuanmiao Market, also known as the 100 Year Market. Visitors and locals flock to this market; each street, lane and alley is lined with shops selling local food, souvenirs, clothes, tea and much more. The most eye-catching site in the market district is a spectacular ancient timber building in Chinese architectural style that no visitor can resist taking photos of.

Nearby is Yuyuan Garden, the mansion of an old minister during the Ming Dynasty. Take a stroll inside to appreciate the Chinese architecture of a building that is now a museum displaying numerous everyday utensils and many other exhibits. The centerpiece is the Chinese garden, consisting of a rock garden, fish pond, and many exquisite Chinese waterfront pavilions.

It is quite easy to get to the 100 Year Market: take the Line 10 metro and get off at Yuyuan Garden Station.

THAI International has a daily direct flight to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. www.thaiairways.com

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