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Jinze Ancient Town

Location:318 State Highway, Jinze Town, Qingpu District.

How to Get There

Bus: The Shanghai Tourist Bus No. 4 goes there.

Introduction

If you are having a Shanghai package tour,our Shanghai travel guide introduce you to see the Jinze Ancient Town,which is one of the Shanghai tourist attractions,thus giving you a complete sightseeing in Shanghai.
Jinze locates in Qingpu District, Shanghai, is a peaceful ancient town with a history of over 1,300 years. It renowned for its crisscross waterways, but mostly for its bridges, not on the number but for time-honored bridges with different shapes and varied usage, thus it is entitled the "No.1 Bridge Town" of the southern Yangtze area. Differ with other water towns, it is a town with a little more dignity but less delicacy.

Jinze is a very small town that covers an area of no more than 0.6 square km, but within this area, there are more than 10 ancient bridges have been well preserved through the ages. Most of them have gone through the baptism of several dynasties, the longest history of which can be dated back to Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Besides, each bridge in this town, will be connected with a temple. It's said that, during the Three Kingdoms period, the General of Eastern Wu Kingdom led an army here for defending. As the land was crisscrossed by channels and waterways, he ordered his soldiers to build bridges and set up temples on one end of each bridge to pray for safe and peace.

7 Old Bridges

In the Shanghai area, Jinze is known for its bridges. They are Puji Bridge, Wangan Bridge, Yingxiang Bridge, Animal Freeing Bridge, Ruyi Bridge, Linlao Bridge, and Tianwuge Bridge.

Puji Bridge and Wangan Bridge both have a history back to the Song era. It is thought that the Puji Bridge is the oldest one around Shanghai. It is said that it was built in 1267. There is a single arch. Wangan Bridge was originally built at about the same time or perhaps earlier. It has a pavilion at the center of the bridge, so it's also called Pavilion Bridge.

Yingxiang Bridge was originally built in the Yuan Dynasty Zhiyuan Period. It was built when the Mongols ruled the area. It is a thin bridge composed of six pillars and five arches. It is a bridge that is now composed of bricks, stones, and wood. Yingxiang Bridge was originally built in the Yuan Dynasty Zhiyuan Period. It was built when the Mongols ruled the area. It is a thin bridge composed of six pillars and five arches. It is a bridge that is now composed of bricks, stones, and wood.

Ruyi Bridge was built in the Qing Dynasty. It is the best preserved bridge. It is 50 meters south of Animal Freeing Bridge.

Tips:

March, April and May are the best months for a travel to Jinze; but if you plan to make the tour during June or July, you'd better bring some rain-proof clothing as June and July are the rainy season in the area.

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