Taste yummy snacks and meanwhile please your eye with the water town views in Qibao.Qibao Old Street locates in Southwest suburb, Shanghai. It is the hub of Qibao ancient town whereas authentic old buildings and life-style are well preserved. The street is featured with the original looks of old towns around Shanghai several hundred years ago. It was formed at the Eastern Han Dynasty （25-220）, developed at earlier Song dynasty and became prosperous during the Ming and Qing dynasties...
Qibao Shadow Plays were once a feature of Shanghai culture but it was a man named Mao Gengyu from Qibao Town who first introduced this art to Shanghai area. The Qibao Shadow Play performs mainly entertainments based on widely-known historical events with the local dialect, thus giving the shows a truly local character. The plays are performed using colorful drawings and expressive music to illustrate the emotions of the characters.
A great variety of snacks will attract your eye and tempt your palette when you are walking the streets of Qibao town. Colourful and appetizing, few resist the temptation to try them. Different flavoured cakes made from polished glutinous rice 'Qibaogao', dried bean curd wrapped in lotus leaves (Hebao doufugan), roasted sweet potatoes (Kaohongshu), smoked toads (Xunlanhamo), and sugar coated haws on sticks (Tanghulu), etc. can be found on every corner in Qibao Town. Within this area of 21.3 square kilometers (8.22 sq. miles) that forms the ancient streets and a newly developed district, Qibao Town carries visitors back through the centuries by virtue of its history, culture, architecture and local people. A day spent in this unique and historic town will be very rewarding and is highly recommended.
Qibao Old Street locates in Southwest suburb, Shanghai. It is the hub of Qibao ancient town whereas authentic old buildings and life-style are well preserved. The street is featured with the original looks of old towns around Shanghai several hundred years ago. It was formed at the Eastern Han Dynasty （25-220）, developed at earlier Song dynasty and became prosperous during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The street is diverged into southern street and northern street. The southern street mainly focuses on special snacks while the northern one has many handicraft souvenirs, painting and calligraphy works and antique stores.
Qibao is the nearest ancient town from Shanghai city center. It was first built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126) and became a bustling commercial center during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
The name Qibao can be translated as “seven treasures” which is said in reference to the folklore about seven treasures: iron Buddha, a bronze bell, a jade axe, a pair of jade chopsticks, a lotus sutra written in gold, a thousand year old catalpa tree and a gold cockerel.
The waterways are made for commercial purpose and acted as a connection with other major water-towns and villages.