The City Temple of Shanghai

When you ask a person growing up as a Chinese American, where is the place you like best in Shanghai? The answer may be surprised to learn. It is not the beautiful Pedestrian Street of East Nanjing road, not Xintiandi, means new heaven and earth, even not the spectacular Pudong skyline from the Bund (Waitan). It is the The City Temple of Shanghai (Cheng Huang Miao) .

Stop in one of the many tea houses for a drink (see the house in the center of the photo below) then enjoy your lunch or dinner here. There are countless restaurants and places to eat.

Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant is our favorite. It is one of the most historical and famous dumplings shop in the world that started in a small rural town called Nanxiang near Shanghai. Steamed buns are made from high-quality flour, pork and /or crab meat. Is also called steamed juicy pork bun ( Xiao Long Tang Bao) because inside of the bun is juicy.

Many golden koi fishes, the symbol of courage and good luck, swim in the surrounding pond.

Yuyuan is a 5 acre garden that was built more than 400 years ago.

Jiuqu Bridge with modern Shanghai skyscrapes in the background.