Qibao Water Town, Near Shanghai

by wired2theworld on April 1, 2017

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Question: What’s the Disney version of a Chinese water town?
Answer: Qibao

We’d wanted to do a day trip from Shanghai, either to one of the Duplitecture towns (towns created to look like Paris, or Venice, or Holland, down to the buildings, canals and faux Eiffel tower) or to one of the nearby “quaint water villages” (a historical village set alongside a river). In the end, we could not figure out how to get to one of the Duplitecture villages on our own and the other water villages seemed to require an overnight or a package tour. So Qibao was the answer, given that it was accessible by talking a Metro line about 45 minutes, almost to its end.

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Walking from the Metro to the entrance.

We emerged from the underground metro stop in front of a large department store. It took a while to get our bearings and figure out which direction to head (tip, go south) and then where to go once we got there. “There” turned out to be a giant entrance to the old part of the town, but honestly it wasn’t obvious. We walked in toward the center and finally came to an information booth where we picked up a map.

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Entrance to the old town area of Qibao.

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

From there we just wandered a bit through crowded alleyways filled with food offerings and cheap souvenirs. There were several temples and a few old buildings requiring admission to enter. It was absolutely packed with Chinese tourists and we saw very few, if any, western faces.

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

The oldest area was packed with people strolling and shopping among the (mostly) food stalls and shops.

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Pickled vegetables in Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Chicken baked in clay? Quibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

Quibao water village near Shanghai

Qibao water village near Shanghai

In all, there wasn’t a lot of “wow” there, but it was interesting to get out of the city center for a bit. If you do want to go, here are a couple of articles that can tell you more about Qibao and the water towns near Shanghai:

http://travel.cnn.com/shanghai/eat/how-eat-your-way-through-qibao-old-street-299122/

http://www.yilongwei.com/misc/water_towns.htm

 

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