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Introduction to Nanxiang Old Water Town
Nanxiang, formerly named Cuoxi, was built in 505 (Liang Tianjian Year 4).It now has a history of nearly 1500 years.It’s a business center from old times and was known as Silver Nanxiang. In 1991, it was listed as one of the four famous historical and cultural towns in Shanghai.

History of Nanxiang Old Water Town
In the early Ming Dynasty, Nanxiang Town is the richest town near Shanghai. This town is famous for its weave industry. So, many silk businessmen who were from all over China came here for doing their business. After hundreds years development, the town becomes rich and strong. There are two main markets, the North and the South, in this small and ancient town. The northern one was famous for silk and cloth, while the southern one was famous for rice, horsebean and bamboo.

The lush greenery and the sleepy willows may provide a respite for escaping from the hustle and bustle of the noisy narrow lanes of Nanxiang. Nevertheless, despite the garden’s external and internal features not making it appear it to be as outstanding as one would hope for, it’s the garden’s historical connection to the city that is more to be cherished. There are plenty of relics on display that have stayed untouched since the Ming Dynasty days, and that’s the part that really makes this place sell like hot cakes.

Main Attractions of Nanxiang Old Water Town 

Yunxiang Temple 
Originally named Nanxiang Temple or Liuyun Temple, its construction started in the fourth year of Tianjian reign of the Liang of the Southern Dynasty (505). During the Kaicheng reign of the Tang Dynasty, the land area of the temple was expanded to 12 hectares and it had more than 700 monks. A poem by an ancient sings praises of the temple: Nanxiang has a time-honored ritual place, its architecture and pagodas are the best of all. In the 39th year of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1700), it was renamed Yunxiang Temple because of a horizontal plate inscribed by Emperor Kangxi and became known far and wide. But the time-honored temple was destroyed in a fire later, and the twin pagodas, the stone pillars inscribed with Buddhist scriptures and stone tower, now relocated to the Guyi Garden, were the only remnants.

Guyi Garden
She is one of the oldest gardens in Shanghai and she is a well-known Chinese classic garden in the southeast of China. The five main features of Guyi Garden are stretches of bamboo forest, winding brooks, ancient buildings, couplets written on scrolls and artistic pavements.Guyi Garden has all the components of classic Chinese gardens such as the pavilions, the ponds, the twisted brooks and the artistic shaded paths. The garden has all the attributes of gardens of the Ming Dynasty, pretty, delicate, elegant and simple. Some valuable cultural relics such as the stone pillar inscribed with Buddhist scriptures from the Tang Dynasty and the pagoda built in the Song Dynasty are well preserved in the garden.

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Special Food
Juicy little morsels of pork or crab roe surround by a succulent soup and encased in a paper thin skin, the famous Xiao Long Bao beloved by so many of us can be found all over Shanghai -- ask where the best ones are at, and the answer invariably is Nanxiang Mantou Dian (Nanxiang Bun Shop) in the heart of Yu Yuan.

Information
Opening time: 8:00 - 17:00
Admission Fee:Guyi Garden: CNY 12 
Yunxiang Temple: CNY  8 

Transportation
Bus Routes: Take Metro Line 11,beijia Line get off Nanxiang Station
Address: Northwestern suburbs of Jiading District in Shanghai Nanxiang Town

Mosted Asked Questions about Nanxiang Water Town

1. Shanghai is famous for the Nanxiang steamed Bunds, is something related to Nanxiang Ancient Town?

Nanxiang is located in Jiading District, Shanghai, it's a small town with a history of nearly 1,500 years. It is also the birthplace of local snack Nanxiang Steam Soup Buns. It also called steamed soup dumplings.

2. Is it easy to get to Nanxiang Ancient Town by metro from Shanghai?

You can take metro or public city bus from downtown.
1). By metro: take Line 11 from Jiangsu Lu and get off at Nanxiang, it takes around 40 minutes. Then walk along Huyi Gong Lu for 15 minutes to Guyi Garden.
2). By bus:  you can take Bus No. 517, 562, 822 and get off Nanxiang Gu Zhen station.


3. I will have a short stay at Shanghai Airport, is the day tour to Nanxiang Ancient Town available?

Yes, the tour is available. Make full use of your short layover in Shanghai, take a private tour to visit the 1,500-year-old Nanxiang ancient town, you will visit the famous Old Yiyuan Garden and Liuyun temple depends on the time you have. Taste the local famous soup dumplings as well as other local famed dishes in the town and get a great insight into it culture, custom and history.

4. What's the Nanxiang Ancient town famous for?

The Nanxiang town is famos for Old Guiyi Garden, one of Shanghai's five most important classical gardens, it's a typical in southern China. Walking through the narrow streets at night that affords the opportunity for great picture taking as the water on the canals and the many lit buildings give an almost ethereal backdrop. Nanxiang ancient town is also famous for its many restaurants selling the famous Shanghai soup dumplings known as "Xiaolongbao".

5. Do you have a group tour for Nanxiang Ancient Town from Shanghai?

We don't have Shanghai group tour to Nanxiang Ancient Town but Zhouzhuang Water Town. Since few tourists visit Nanxiang compare to Zhujiajiao and Qibao Water Town. We can customize a private day tour to Nanxiang water town from Shanghai for you. A private tour is more flexible and you will get an in-depth tour experience with a personal tour guide.

6. Where to eat in Nanxiang Water Town? Is there any good restaurant to eat Steamed Buns?

This Ancient Town is the birthplace of Nanxiang Steamed Bun, it's definitely worth trying local delicious buns. However, to make them require high skill. Not all the time you can get authentic steamed soup buns. There is one next to the entrance of Old Yiyuan Garden with authentic and tasty buns. 

7. Would you recommend stay one night in Nanxiang town?

If you are tired of bustle life of big city, stay in Nanxiang old town for one night is highly recommend. There are plenty of old streets, beautiful bridges, and the mixture of ancient houses and new houses with the traditional look. Appreciate the tranquil beauty of the ancient town, walk around the narrow lanes, talk with the locals and enjoy the peaceful night view,etc. You'll truly experience the local slow pace life and get relaxed.

8. How much is the entrance fee of Nanxiang Ancient Town? Can I do the boat ride there?

It's free to walk around the town, but if you want to visit the museums and gardens inside town, the entrance ticket is CNY40 in total. And there is no boat ride in Nanxiang Town. If you want to get the canal cruise experience, you can do it in Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang or Tongli water town nearby Shanghai.

9. What services are included if I book a Nanxiang Day Tour Package from Shanghai?

The package includes personal tour guide, Shanghai hotel/Shanghai train station pick up & drop-off service, etrance fee, lunch at a local restaurant to taste the famous Nanxiang Steamed Buns. Moreover, this tour is 100% flexible, you can let your guide know your requirements during the tour.

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