Old Street and KongZi Temple in JiaDing, Shanghai, China

Last Updated on: 25th April 2024, 12:49 pm

If you are in the local area of Jia Ding suburb, or want to see more of the old Shanghai rather than the metropolitan area, you may be interested in seeing the Old Street and KongZi temple, both are free to enter and is a great choice for a peaceful stroll or free, low key activity day out in Shanghai.

Old Street

Zhou Qiao Old Street or Zhou Qiao Lao Jie (州桥老街) is a small, old pedestrian street lined with old shops located along ChengZhong Street (see map below).


There is also a pagoda here called Fa Hua Pagoda Fa Hua Ta (法华塔) that has been heritage protected by the local government since only 2002.


DSC07401“Protected since April 27th 2002”, entry to the pagoda.

The old street is pedestrian only and vehicle access is restricted. Vehicles, such as taxis, can only go as far as the entry gate to the old street. The area is not as popular as some other ancient Chinese streets (such as in Suzhou), so visitors can experience authentic Chinese architecture without the crowds.


Kong Zi Temple

Within walking distance is the grounds of the Kong Zi (Confucious) temple. The tree-lined grounds have a lake, a temple and pergolas and is a cool and tranquil place for a stroll in the hot summer.


The temple has a variety of Chinese musical instruments on display, as well as pictures depicting Kong Zi and his disciples’ life.


Getting here:

Fahuata and Confucius Temple are all located within walking distance to each other (around 450m) along Nanda Street (南大街) (see google map here). This area is about a 3.5 km taxi ride (click for google maps directions) from Jia Ding West Metro Station on Line 11. You can also catch buses from Jia Ding 嘉定 numbers 2, 3, 9, 13 and get off at the corner of Cheng Zhong Rd and Zhang Ma Rd (城中路张马路), or buses 5 and 11 and get off near the corner of Ta Cheng Rd and Cheng Zhong Rd (塔城路城中路).

The old street ‘Zhou Qiao Lao Jie’ is perpendicular to Jiading South Street, which itself is parallel to, and in between the two main streets Chengzhong Rd and Bo Le Rd and intersects Tacheng Rd. If you are arriving by taxi, ask the driver to send you to either Old street: ‘Zhou Qiao Lao Jie‘ or Fahua Pagoda: ‘Fa Hua Ta‘. The driver will know to send you to the gate of the old street with these two names, you will be able to see the pagoda upon arrival. Your driver may go along ChengZhong Street or to Confucius Temple south gate: ‘Kong Miao Nan Men‘.

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