Comments on: Temple of the Town God (Chenghuang Miao) in Shanghai http://www.journeyidea.org/shanghai-temple-of-town-god Travel across the world with Journey Idea Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:11:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 By: Christine http://www.journeyidea.org/shanghai-temple-of-town-god/comment-page-1#comment-20640 Christine Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3073#comment-20640 I just visited Shanghai and i think from architectural point of view it is a perfect blend of the old and modern constructions... the age old trademark design of multi-inclined coloms resting on the wooden pillars to the yuvayan skyline and buildings at Pudong are all master pieces in its own way.. .-= Christine┬┤s last blog ..<a href="http://life-in-travel.blogspot.com/2010/08/paris.html" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> =-. I just visited Shanghai and i think from architectural point of view it is a perfect blend of the old and modern constructions… the age old trademark design of multi-inclined coloms resting on the wooden pillars to the yuvayan skyline and buildings at Pudong are all master pieces in its own way..
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By: Jackie http://www.journeyidea.org/shanghai-temple-of-town-god/comment-page-1#comment-17184 Jackie Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:24:24 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3073#comment-17184 I 'd like to add that, in the old days, people imagined that the city was protected by a god known as Chenghuang (town god). People could live peacefully, under his protection. It was believed that Chenghuang was given a boon by God of the universe to ward off evils in towns and cities and make citizens live a prosperous and happy life. He was even capable of granting what people prayed for. He gave sunshine when there was too much rain and gave rain when it was too dry . He brought big crop harvests for farmers and flourishing business for traders. The first known Chenghuan Temple was built very early according to historical records! I ‘d like to add that, in the old days, people imagined that the city was protected by a god known as Chenghuang (town god).

People could live peacefully, under his protection.

It was believed that Chenghuang was given a boon by God of the universe to ward off evils in towns and cities and make citizens live a prosperous and happy life.

He was even capable of granting what people prayed for.

He gave sunshine when there was too much rain and gave rain when it was too dry .

He brought big crop harvests for farmers and flourishing business for traders.

The first known Chenghuan Temple was built very early according to historical records!

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By: Samantha Straw http://www.journeyidea.org/shanghai-temple-of-town-god/comment-page-1#comment-17183 Samantha Straw Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:19:11 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3073#comment-17183 Temple fairs were a grand affair held in the Taoist temple on special festivals, in the ancient days.. Slowly , the permanent temple market was formed, encompassing the Yuyuan Garden and the Zigzag Bridge. The local flavor about this busy market area is really authentic, where the locals still preserve their unique life styles and customs! Temple fairs were a grand affair held in the Taoist temple on special festivals, in the ancient days..

Slowly , the permanent temple market was formed, encompassing the Yuyuan Garden and the Zigzag Bridge.

The local flavor about this busy market area is really authentic, where the locals still preserve their unique life styles and customs!

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By: Josephine http://www.journeyidea.org/shanghai-temple-of-town-god/comment-page-1#comment-17182 Josephine Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:13:52 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3073#comment-17182 During cultural revolution, the sculpture of Goddess had been destroyed and the area of temple was used for other purpose. But due to the passion of local Shanghai people, the development again began in 1994.. Though the size of the temple has been considerably reduced when compared to its glorious period, it stll stands as one of the must visit destination for tourists in Shanghai. During cultural revolution, the sculpture of Goddess had been destroyed and the area of temple was used for other purpose. But due to the passion of local Shanghai people, the development again began in 1994..

Though the size of the temple has been considerably reduced when compared to its glorious period, it stll stands as one of the must visit destination for tourists in Shanghai.

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By: vareeja http://www.journeyidea.org/shanghai-temple-of-town-god/comment-page-1#comment-13703 vareeja Thu, 24 Jun 2010 06:19:23 +0000 http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=3073#comment-13703 Regardless of size, many walled cities in ancient China contained a temple dedicated to one or more immortal or god as the spirit(s) or protector(s) of the city. The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or "Gold Mountain", an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty. Regardless of size, many walled cities in ancient China contained a temple dedicated to one or more immortal or god as the spirit(s) or protector(s) of the city.

The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or “Gold Mountain”, an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty.

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