Shanghai Old Street
Essentials of Shanghai Old Street
Chinese Name: 上海老街 Pronunciation: shàng hǎi lǎo jiē
Admission Ticket Fare: Free
Suggested Visiting Hours: 1-2 Hours
Building Time: In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Address: Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Range: From Henan South Road in the west to Renmin Road in the east with 825 meters in length.
Opening Hours: All day in a round year (January 1st-December 31st Monday-Sunday)
Building Function: A multifunctional street boasting about 225 stores featured with handicraft articles, paintings, calligraphy and jewelry.
Brief Introduction of Shanghai Old Street
Originated from an important venue for Shanghai's foreign trade and gadgets commercial transactions, Shanghai Old Street, also known as "Xiaodongmen", is located in the Shanghai old city area, which stands the city gates of Xiaodongmen. The city gates unfortunately have not been preserved, but the nine gates surrounding the old city still remain deeply in the memory of Shanghai people and have witnessed the economic and social progress in Shanghai.
Walking into Shanghai Old Street, visitors seem to have returned to the bustling market of Shanghai 100 years ago. Integrating tourism, shopping, leisure, entertainment, and cultural exhibitions, this unique multifunctional street in Yuyuan Commercial Tourism Zone has been named after Miaoqian Street in history and has gathered a number of Shanghai’s earliest banks, gold shops, silver buildings, wine shops, tea houses, and theaters. This old street has been the pedestrian corridors connecting Xiaodongmen with Shanghai Old City God's Temple and Yu Garden. The unique geographical location and cultural landscape along the street give it a rich commercial and cultural heritage.
History of Shanghai Old Street
The Beautiful Scenery
Shanghai Old Street was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the western part of this old street begins at South Henan Road and continues to Guanyi Street. So, the buildings here reflect the combination of Chinese and Western style.
Then, after the establishment of the Republic of China and the invasion of ouster nations, this old street was gradually shrouded with a mixed color of Chinese traditional and Western culture.
After a period of historical and cultural evolution, Shanghai Old Street is divided into east and west sections with Guanyi Street as the boundary. The eastern section has been decorated and remodeled to retain the residential characteristics of the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China. The facades of the houses in the west section imitate the architecture of Ming and Qing dynasties, highlighting the folk customs of the Old Town in Shanghai.
Highlights in Shanghai Old Street
The commercial operation of the whole street takes traditional characteristic industries as the mainstream, highlighting traditional folk culture and creating a Shanghai style cultural atmosphere. On both sides of the old street, lattice windows, row door panels, Fan's railings, and landings have been restored, together with the cornices on the roof, dripping lace and horse head walls. Together with the "Star Street" on the north side, Shanghai Old Street ushers you into a picture of thriving scene in old Shanghai.
The Kangjia Lane
The Kangjia Lane
Next to Shanghai’s Old Street, the Kangjia Lane fully portrays the long history of Shanghai. The winding alleys, commonly known as "tile houses" by the people, still have a large number of local residents living here. Foreign friends and Chinese who have traveled to Shanghai come here in an endless stream to feel the true meaning of old Shanghai.
The old street redisplays many time-honored shops, such as Tonghanchun（童涵春）, Laotongsheng（老同盛）, Wuliangcai（吴良材）, Wanyouquan（万有全）, Qiutianbao（裘天宝）, The Old Shanghai Teahouse, Deshun Western Food Restaurant, Chunfeng Deyi Restaurant, Xishi Soya Beancurd Store, Dingniangzi Cloth Store, Rongshun Restaurant and Baoyintang and other century-old shops. Furthermore, such shops with traditional characteristics as Danfeng Tea House and Chinese Famous Clinical have been rooted here for a long time.
How to Get to Shanghai Old Street
Take Bus No.11, 26, 55, 64, 65, 66, 71, 220, 576, 920, 930, 736, 801, 715, 868, 926, 929, 969, and get off at Xiaodongmen Station.
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from the Hongqiao International Airport, you can take Metro Line 10 to Yu Garden Station, then walk about 5 minutes to Shanghai Old Street.
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from the Pudong International Airport, you can take Metro Line 2 to Century Avenue Station, then transfer to Metro Line 9 to Xiaonanmen Station.
Chinese: 请带我去上海老街。English: Please take me to Shanghai Old Street.
1. From Airport
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from Hongqiao international Airport, it takes about 36 minutes (70 yuan).
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from Pudong International Airport, it takes about 44 minutes (151 yuan).
2. From Railway Station
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from Shanghai Railway Station, it takes about 24 minutes (26 yuan).
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from Hongqiao Railway Station, it takes about 37 minutes (71 yuan).
If you go to Shanghai Old Street from Shanghai South Railway Station, it takes about 26 minutes (44 yuan).
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