Located next to the Yuyuan Garden
and also known today as the Yu Garden Market,
the City God Temple (Chenghuang Temple) was built
in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty.
Originally a temple built to honor the Han statesman
Huo Guang (68 B.C.) The City God Temple is a Taoist
temple which is composed of many a halls such
as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace,
Star Gods Hall, Yama Palace, Xuzhen God Hall.
The temple had an area of more than 10,000 square
meters including two gardens: West Garden (Yuyuan
Garden) and East Garden. The City God Temple has
a great influence on the residents of Shanghai.
The religious festivals of the temple are considered
to be the festivals for all Shanghai people. Especially
when the Sanxun festival (a day when the City
God start to inspect his people) comes, nearly
all people will come to the Temple to burn incense
and worship the God, while all shops inside or
close by would hang red lanterns to celebrate
the festival. In addition, some folk arts, like
cockfight, penmanship performance and acrobatics,
are fairly attractive.
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