City God Temple or Chenghuang Temple is a Taoist Temple located in Huangpu area near the Yuyuan Market. The original temple, constructed in Ming Dynasty, was destroyed and the present temple was rebuilt in 1926. After renovation, it was opened to the public in 1995.
The City God Temple not only refers to the temple complex but also the traditional commercial district around the temple. There are more than 100 shops in the area and most buildings of these shops are about 100 years old.
The temple is composed of several halls. The Main Hall shrines the statue of Huo Guang (a great general of Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD)). Yuanchen Hall shrines the Yuanchen God who blesses the god luck in the whole year. Yuanchen in Chinese means auspicious time. Cihang Hall enshrines three Goddesses including Yanmu Goddess (help to cure eye disease), Cihang Goddess (bless the safeness) and Mazu (bless the safe sailing). As its name suggests, Wealth Hall is a hall where people pray for fortune and happiness. Parents Hall enshrines the parents of City God.
With the history of 600 years, the City God Temple originated as the Jianshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jianshan (Gold Mountain). In 1403, it changed into City God Temple. From 1821 to 1850, the temple was gradually enlarged and more constructions were added. During the Daoguang era of Qing Dynasty, the temple reached 33,000 square meters to its largest extent. In the period of Culture Revolution, the temple was badly damaged and the statues in the temple were destroyed. In 1994, the temple was restored to its former use as a temple.
Because of its popularity, businesses were set up nearby and the surrounding streets became a busy marketplace. Therefore, the marketplace surrounding the temple is the good place to buy Shanghai local products and small wares and taste local famous snacks.
Admission Fee: 10RMB
Open Time: 8:30-16:30
How to Get to: Take Bus No. 11, 26, 64, 929, 932, 980