In the morning, your guide will meet you at your address and drive to Songjiang Town - the urban center of the Songjiang District on the west outskirts of Great Shanghai and the origin and root of Shanghai area.
At Songjiang Town, you will visit the Ancient classical Zuibaichi Garden built around 400 years ago, Fangta Park (means Square Pagoda Park, including Square Pagoda, Site of Songjiang County Town in Tang & Song Dynasty, Stone Base of Columns of the Old Tang Dynasty Temple, Ancient Heaven Princess Palace, Screen Wall, The Site of Old City God Temple of Songjiang Town, Lanrui Hall (Mr. Zhu Shuishui Commemorative Museum), 5 Old Men Peaks, Mr. Chen Huacheng Commemorative Museum, Wangxian Bridge built in Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago)), ancient Songjiang Town Mosque (the oldest mosque in Shanghai), the out view of Yuanying Pagoda built in Ming Dynasty (around 500 years ago) and Cangcheng History & Culture Area including the giant Dacang Bridge which is 54m long, 5m wide, 8m high and was re-built in 1626.
After lunch, you will drive north for around 20 minutes to The Shanghai Song-Ze Ruins Museum which was built on a Neolithic Age village Site around 6000 years ago – the earliest village being discovered in Shanghai to know early development of human culture and find many “1st” in Shanghai: The 1st Man, The 1st Rice, The 1st Well, The 1st Village… “Song-Ze Culture” was named as one of the most representative prehistoric culture of China.
Afterwards you will drive west to ancient Zhujiajiao Town, around 48 km to downtown Shanghai, by the side of Dianshan Lake - the best well-protected water town in Shanghai. Dianshan Lake is the biggest lake in Shanghai which is between Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. You will visit the local City God Temple and some ancient garden, bridges and courtyards in the town.
You will back to downtown Shanghai at around 6:30 pm.
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The history of Zuibaichi Garden can date back to the Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago). Renovated in the period of Shunzhi Reign in Qing Dyansty (in the middle of 17th century), it is a classical Chinese garden which occupies an area of 5 hectares and is one of the five ancient classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai, alongwith the Guyi Garden, the Yu Garden, the Garden of Autumn Vapors, and the Garden of Zigzag Stream.
This garden was once used by its owner ”Dong qichang” (a famous artist in Ming dynasty) for writing poetry and drinking. Now the inner garden is the original, the outer garden is newly built. There is a square bond in the center, surrounded by pavilions, terraces, chambers, waterside pavilions and long corridors. There is also a wall with latticed widows separating the scenic spots of the thatched cottage, the hexagonal pavilion, and four-sided hall and so on.
More detail about Zuibaichi Garden at Wikipeida: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuibaichi
Songjiang Fangta Park (means square Pagoda Park) was built in 1978 on the Ruins of the former commercial center of Shanghai area during both the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279). Covering an area of 12 hectares, the park mainly features historical and cultural artifacts, including seven national, city and district level historical structures. At the center of the park sits Fangta, or square pagoda, which was built during Northern Song (960-1127). Many changes were made during repairs in the Ming and Qing dynasties, but the main structure and style on the pagoda remained Northern Song Dynasty. About 60 percent of the wooden brackets, the lintel above the arched gate and the rafters under the eaves are the original components. In 1974 the staircase on the ground floor was rebuilt and the pagoda was restored to the style of the Northern Song Dynasty, based on surveys made by the cultural relics department of Shanghai. Each side of the square pagodas ground floor is six meters long. The first storey has balconies surrounded by wooden banisters. The balconies and pent roofs on each storey were made of both brick and wood. The pagoda has nine levels on the exterior and is 48.5 meters high. Each wall is divided into three parts by brick relief columns, with a door in the middle.
Encircling the pagoda are the Song Dynasty bridge, Ming Dynasty wall, stone gardens and other attractions. The park has been referred to as Shanghais open-air museum. Fangta Fengling (means Bells Tingling on the Fang Pagoda in winds), one of Songjiangs 24 attractions, invites visitors to enjoy the pleasant tones of copper bells hanging at the corners of the pagoda.
This park captures the essence of the Chinese garden, it also differs by introducing some Western concepts (the lawn, some trees, etc) and also modern ideas of asymmetry rather that the traditional axial layout. It is a beautiful spot to escape Shanghais bustle, and there didnt seem to be many people as other attractions in Shanghai. Tourists can enjoy many real precious ancient architectures and antiques which were moved and protected here from other places in Shanghai.
The Songjiang Mosque, formerly called the Real Religion Mosque, is the oldest mosque in Shanghai. The mosque was originally constructed during the Yuan Dynasty and rebuilt in 1391 during the Ming Dynasty. The mosque then went through several renovations during the Qing Dynasty.
The mosque covers an area of 4,900 m2. It was constructed in traditional Hui Muslim Chinese palace architecture with Arabic calligraphy. The mosque consists of the mail hall, prayer niche, corridor, two sermon halls and a bathroom. In the east of the mosque lies the Bunker Gate Tower for Muslims to do prayer. The prayer hall is located in the opposite of the tower in the west of the mosque. It is divided into the front and the back hall, with characteristics of Ming and Yuan architecture respectively.
More detail about Songjiang Mosque at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songjiang_Mosque
Yuanying Pagoda inside Xilin Temple was re-built in Ming Dynasty (around 500 years ago). This octahedral pagoda is with 7 floors and 46.5m high. Now it is the highest pagoda in Shanghai area.
More detail about Song-Ze Culture at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songze_culture
Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghais Venice, located by the side of Dianshan Lake which is near the border of Jiangsu Province. It is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes.
Endowed with another elegant name - Pearl Stream - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.
It is said that to visit Zhujiajaio without seeing the bridges means that you have not really been to Zhujiajiao at all! Bridges here are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.
Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge, with five openings both in Shanghai region. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions.
In the town, there is an ancient street filled with representative ancient buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, attracting great numbers of domestic and foreign visitors. That is North Street, which is the best preserved ancient street in this suburb. Only one kilometer long, the whole street is at once primitively simple, yet very elegant. Strolling on this ancient thoroughfare and appreciating the historic buildings, long-established stores, and old bridges as well as the many narrow lanes is another enjoyment.
Zhujiajiao boasts imposing gardens as well as ancient dwellings built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Among the ancient architecture, Kezhi Garden is the largest manorial garden. The garden is commonly named Ma Family Garden after a former host named Ma Wenqin.
Located in Xijin Street in the northern part of town, Kezhi Garden features beautiful sightseeing and quiet and secluded surroundings. It consists mainly of three parts, including a hall area, an artificial hill area and a garden area. In the artificial hill area, there is magnificent symbolic architecture - a foursquare five-story building, on the top of which stands a diametric pavilion named Moon View Pavilion. This building is considered the tallest architecture in the town.
The scenic spots outlined here are just a sampling of the pretty attractions of this water town. Old narrow lanes, peculiar stone hawsers on the riverside and old residences also make you enjoy yourself so much as to forget to go home.
More detail about ancient Zhujiajiao Water Town at Wikipeida: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhujiajiao