Shanghai Outings: Qibao

Qibao (七宝镇) is literally called the “Seven Treasures Town” is a town in Minhang District, Shanghai. Its name comes from the local temple, “Qibao Temple”. Today, Qibao is a tourist attraction with traditional Chinese architecture and a number of attractions, including museums and street food.

Qibao is known for its speciality cuisine, hong shao rou (“red braised pork”), cooked using a combination of ginger, garlic, aromatic spices, chilli peppers, sugar, light and dark soy and sometimes rice wine. The town was also once the residence of the noted painter Zhang Chongren, a friend of the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, on whom the character Chang Chong-Chen from “The Adventures of Tintin” was based.

How to get there

Located in the western suburbs of Shanghai, Qibao can be accessed by taking Shanghai Metro Line 9 to Qibao Station.

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