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Stop along Metro line 11 for things to see
2014-01-01
By Xu Wei

Along the Metro line 11 that connects Jiading District to downtown Shanghai, there are a plenty of places of interest offering ideal spots to visit for a day.

Huaqiao Station:

Tour of ancient town

Huaqiao Station in Jiading’s neighboring Jingsu Province is a gateway for people living in Shanghai to get to spots in Jiangsu.

It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Huaqiao Station to Huaxi Park in Huaqiao Town. The tranquil, public park, one of the best parks in Kunshan City is themed with its cobblestones.

People can also take buses at the Huaqiao Station to get to old water towns in Jiangsu. It costs 4 yuan to reach Jinxi and Zhouzhuang by Bus No. 7, and only 1 yuan to get to Qiandeng by Bus No. 253.

The taxi flag-down fare in Huaqiao is 10 yuan for 3 kilometers.

Anting Station:

Charm of an auto town

Anting Town in Jiading District is home to both ancient streets and the modern auto industry.

When getting off at Anting Station, you can take Bus No. 6 to Anting Old Street, which preserves the traditional buildings and decorations of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Tourists can pray for happiness at the Puti Temple, which was built in the Three Kingdoms period (220-280AD), climb the Yong’an Pagoda or go boating in the river along the old street.

To learn more about the auto industry, don’t miss the Shanghai Auto Museum. The museum offers insights into the development of the auto industry in China and worldwide.

The exhibits, both historical collections and new products, show the history and evolution of the automobile industry.

The museum charges an entrance fee of 60 yuan.

To get there, you can take Anting Bus No. 4, Bus Bei’an Line, Bus Xiang’an Line or Bus Lu’an Line, and get off at Boyuan Road Stop.

Nanxiang Station:

Cultural relics in a classical garden

Guyi Garden is a famous classical garden in Nanxiang Town. The Nanxiang Bus No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 can take you there from the Nanxiang Station.

After touring the garden, you can walk to the Nanxiang Old Street for only 15 minutes.

Originally built in the Qing Dynasty, the street has been restored to its old appearance with buildings in black tiles and white walls. Small bridges and corridors add nostalgic charm to the street as well.

Zhenru Station:

Old temple in downtown area

The Zhenru Temple at 399 Lanxi Road in Putuo District was originally called Wanshou Temple.

Built in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and rebuilt in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), the temple features a number of architectural relics from that time.

It is one of the few oldest surviving Yuan Dynasty timber frame buildings and Buddhist temples. The temple is not very big but quite elegant.

There is an 800-year-old Ginkgo tree decorated with ribbons, expressing people’s blessings and wishes.

It is a tranquil place despite its downtown location.

Jiao Tong University Station:

Celebrated school

Jiao Tong University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China. It was founded by Sheng Xuanhuai (1844-1916) in 1896 as Nanyang Public School. Each old building in university tells its own story, witnessing various events taking place in the school over the past century.

You can also visit the neighborhood Xujiahui commercial area, and the tranquil streets such as Wukang, Hengshan and Kangping roads.

Longhua Station:

The oldest temple in Shanghai

Longhua Temple is the oldest and largest ancient temple in Shanghai. It boasts a history of over 1,740 years and features a 40-meter-high pagoda.

The octagonal pagoda consists of a hollow, tube-like brick core surrounded by a wooden staircase.

There is a large copper bell hanging in the bell tower. The bell-striking ceremony is held on December 31 every year to welcome the New Year.

The delicious vegetables noodles at the temple are not to be missed.

Oriental Sports Center Station:

A variety of sports

Shanghai Oriental Sports Center was built for the FINA World Swimming Championships.

Its outdoor diving pool is on an island of a lake, with a roof in the shape of a half moon. Spectators can enjoy views of the center and both banks of the Huangpu River while sitting out in the open air.

The center also includes facilities for tennis, football, basketball, badminton, table tennis and swimming.

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