If you are planning a one-day tour in
Shanghai, there are various places to visit, like the Bund, the grand
Jinmao Building, Jing’an Temple, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, etc..
But If you are interested in Chinese traditional culture, such as the
traditional Chinese drawing and the scenes in the movies like Crouching
tiger, hidden dragon, you can come to Fengjing ancient town which is
located in the southwest of Shanghai. It's not that crowded as
Zhujiajiao water town or Zhouzhuang water town as it's far from the
downtown area. It’s open from 8am to 4:30pm. The best seasons for visit
is between March and May or between September and October when it's
neither too hot nor too cold. As it’s a small town, it’s a perfect
choice for a one-day tour.
can take metro line 1 and get off at Jinjiang Park station, and then
transfer to the Fengmei bus line and get off at the last stop. The bus
line comes every 20 minutes and takes around one hour costing 12 yuan
one single way.
Once you step into this small delicate town, you
will see hundreds of narrow rivers intersected with each other, which
breed the residents for generations. Along the river are packed with the
ancient styled houses, which feature wood structure, grey tile, hooked
eaves, timber checkered window, triangular roof and usually no more than
three storeys. They stand so closely that you will probably miss the
narrow long alleys between them. On the river there are some people
paddling the boats. Now that you have a whole day, you can take your
time and take a boat to enjoy the views on both sides. In Fengjing there
are three icon bridges which are Qingfeng Bridge, Zhuxing Bridge and
Beifeng Bridge, connecting the residents on the two sides together. It's
said the bride and the groom must pass these three bridges in the
jubilant music of gong and drum, a Chinese traditional percussion
instrument, during the wedding, which can bless the new couple being
happily together forever. Among all these bridges, Zhihe Bridge stands
out as the oldest bridge here, which was built in Yuan Dynasty and still
works very well.
the boat cruise, you can shop in the small stores. It’s great fun to
see the traditional Chinese items like the fan, handmade art craft
displayed in the stores even if you do not buy them. For lunch, there
are plenty of food you can choose, such as the famous bruised pork leg,
dried bean curd, Shiu mai, steamed bun with juicy minced pork and
wonton. In autumn, you can also taste the very fresh and delicious crab.
After lunch, you can go the Chairman Mao Badges Memorial Hall which
displays around three thousand badges of Chairman Mao collected by a
personal collector Mr. Miu Shifang.
the afternoon, if you are tired, you can go into the teahouse and have a
cup of tea. In ancient china, the teahouse is usually a social place
where people exchange ideas and talk with each other just like today’s
coffee shop! Here you can relax, have a little chat with your friends.
When you have enough rest, you can continue your trip.
place you can go to is Ding Cong Caricature Exhibition hall. Ding Cong
is a famous caricaturist for his social satirizing caricature. The
exhibition hall is two-storey tall and has a big garden which is
decorated with various plants and flowers. There are seven exhibition
halls exhibiting more than a hundred paintings by Ding Cong.
places above are enough for a one-day tour. Besides, there are still
many other interesting things to do and unique beauty to see in this
small ancient town if you have more time.