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Chenghuang Temple (City God Temple) is a major Taoist temple in the Huangpu District of Shanghai, close to Nanjing Road. The temple was built during the Yongle reign (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty, and it prospered greatly during the Qing Dynasty. The temple is next to Yuyuan Garden.

Today the temple still plays an important role in the spiritual life of Shanghai ans is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The term City God Temple is used to refer not only to the temple itself but also the area of traditional shops and stalls.

'Chenghuang' means 'city god' and thus Chenghuang Temple contains shrines to three city gods of Shanghai, deified venerated individuals from the past. First there is Huo Guang, a famous chancellor during the Han dynasty who died in 68BC. He was the first city god, designated this role during the Yuan Dynasty. Next is Qin Yubo (1295-1373) who served during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties and was appointed a city god of Shanghai by Emperor Hongwu. Last is Chen Huacheng (1776-1842) who died defending Shanghai during the First Opium War against the English.


Chenghuang Temple
247 Middle Fangbang Road


Bus: 66, 11, 23, 24, 43, 782
Metro: South Shanxi Road (Line 1), West Nanjing Road (Line 2)

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