When you do a business trip, you may prefer modern city , like New york , Longdon or Paris; When you travel, I think most people prefer to stay in a place with more traditional culture. Jiading is a suburb of Shanghai with Confucius Temple and beautiful Gardens. Jiading is also a water town ,similar to Zhou Zhuang Village,Woo Jhern and XiTang.
This apartment is specailly for guests, my family normally live in the next-door ,so, don't worry children making noise. The apartment has three rooms, this one is facing south garden with single bathroom , kitchen is available, guests can cook by themselves. restaurants are very close .we can drink tea in the living room .
- House cleaning service weekly
- Cable TV
- Large glass windows facing the south courtyard and the room door opening onto a aisle for maximum privacy
- Queen size bed
- fresh towels, linens, slippers & start-up toiletry kit
- purified water, replenished regularly
- A place for tea ceremony in the dinning room, ikebana show in the living room
Metro Line 11
- 15 minutes to metro station by walk
- 45 minutes to down town by train
Bus Line 9
-15 minutes to bus station by walk
- 30 minutes to HongQiao airport & railway station by bus
Recommendations scenery spot In Jiading:
Jiading zhouqiao,the root of Jiading.Established in 1218 as the center, here becomes the cradle for history and culture of Jiading. The abundant historical relics spread all over the area, including ancient p(website hidden), old street, bridges, temple, private gardens etc. You may trace the footprints of this South ancient town by visiting Huilongtan Park, Confucius Temple, Fahua P(website hidden), Qiuxia Garden, appreciating Bamboo Carving Museum and Lu Yanshao Art Gallery, enjoying local delicates at Zhouqiao food street.
Fahua P(website hidden)
It was first constructed during Emperor Kaixi's reign(phone number hidden)) in the South Song Dynasty. It is a tetrahedral brick-wooden structure p(website hidden) with seven-floor in a height of 40.85 meters. After getting through many renovations, the p(website hidden) still keeps its original outlook. Wooden stairs inside lead to the top to a bird's eye of the whole city. It was announced as the Shanghai Municipal cultural relic preservation unit in 2002. The Gu Weijun Exhibition Hall and Jiading Historical Relics Exhibition Hall are housed in it.
Jiading Confucius Temple
Jiading Confucian Temple was established in the 12th year of Jiading in Southern Song Dynasty(1219). It is one of the best conserved county-level Confucian Temple architectures in our country although has gone through several tens of repairs in the past 800 years. It was praised as " the first in ancient Suzhou area". The archways, stone lions, corridor of steles,Lingxing Gate, Panchi Pool, Dacheng Palace and Danghu college in the temple all have literary quotations of many years. In 1962, the Jiading Confucian Temple was listed as Shanghai Municipal cultural relic preservation unit.
China Imperial Examination System Museum
Shanghai Chinese Imperial Examination Museum is located at the Jiading Confucian Temple. At present it's the unique topic museum about imperial examination at home and abroad. By displaying five parts of "change and development of imperial examination system", "imperial examination and confucianism", "imperial examination and social civilization", "procedures of imperial examination" and " imperial examination and education" as well as more than one thousand of relics. The museum fully exhibits and reappears the rise and decline history of imperial examination system from Han Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty, which lasted for more than 1,300 years.
Bamboo Carving Museum
Jiading Bamboo Carving Museum makes full use of the collected relics resources, absorbs folk collection of Jiading Bamboo Carving. The purpose of the museum is to provide a place for the tourists to observe and appreciate Jiading Bamboo Carving. Jiading Bamboo Carving dates back to mid-Ming Dynasty , having a history of 400 years. It is initiated by three generations in the Zhu family-- Zhu He, Zhu Ying and Zhu Zhizheng. The exquisite artworks are mainly made by the forms of under-earth deep carving and relief. In 2006, Jiading Bamboo Carving was listed as the national intangible cultural (website hidden) Yanshao Art Gallery
Built on June 26 1999, situated in the poetic and picturesque Chinese Jiangnan Garden, the Lu Yanshao Arts Gallery covers an area of 6.5 mu, is the place where academic conferences are (website hidden) Yansha(phone number hidden)), a Nanxiang Jiading native, is a famous landscape painter whose vigorous style received critical acclaim in the late 20th century. The gallery houses nearly 100 pieces of Lu's art works.
Huilong Pond was dredged in 1588, or the 16th year of the Wanli Reign of the Ming Dynasty, with a history of 400 years. Its name is derived from the Huilong Pond in front of the park, literally means "the pond where five dragons gather together". The cultural relics and historic sites such as stone pavilions and stone towers are well-preserved in Huilongtan Park. The Kuixing Pavilion, Zhuangyuan Clochard and the Confucius Temple coordinate with one another around the pond side. The monuments to Hou Tongceng and Huang Chunyao still stand majestic in the park.
Built in 1478 in Ming Dynasty, the quiet, unsophisticated, broad and elegant Qiuxia Garden is the oldest, yet the most well preserved among Shanghai's five private Jiangnan gardens. The whole garden covers an area of 47.7 mu, consists of Garden of Gong Clan, Garden of Shen Clan, Garden of Jin Clan and Chenghuang Temple. It integrates the essences of Jiangnan style garden with thick foliage and tall bamboos, special flowers and peculiar trees, pailions and terraces and winding path leads to secluded spots; therefore, it can be called the garden with gardens inside. A large number of couplets are still viewable now. The Qiuxia Garden is a perfect respite for city-weary souls. It was listed as the Shanghai city-level cultural relic preservation unit in (website hidden) Weijun Exhibition Hall
Archive and used articles of Gu Weij(phone number hidden)), the former diplomat of China, are on displaying in Fahua P(website hidden). The exhibited items are full and accurate, with high historical (website hidden) , a Jiading native, was one of the founder of the United Nations. He once worked as China's chief diplomat, head of the financial department and representative premier of Northern Warlords Government . In 1919, he refused to sign on "Paris Treaty" when attended the Paris Congress on behalf of Chinese government.
Zhouqiao Old Street
Located in the Zhouqiao Scenic Area, the Zhouqiao food street is one of the busiest streets in Jiading. The traditional bridges, rivers and residences in Jiading style gathered here. When you walking on the stone street, you can enjoy the traditional chinese snacks and appreciate the beauties of Jiading.
Take bus line 5 at Tacheng Road and Huyi Highway Station, to east direction,3 stop to Confusion Temple, then you can walk along Bole road, museum, Gardens, p(website hidden) and water town ,restaurant and tea house are around that place.
- For security reasons, we don't allow guest to bring home overnight any strangers who didn't check in with the guest. If you would like to meet with friends or have some formal meeting, you can make use of the tea place in the living room .
- If Essie have time, we would like to invite you for a tea ceremony in the living room,but we don't like guest to make tea by themself in the tea place, because some tea ware are very easy broken.
- My family live in the next-door, so we don't use the kitchen to prepare our own meal ,you can cook by yourself .
- To keep the common areas of the house tidy , we ask our guests to keep all their belongings in their rooms.
- We ask guests not to bring or consume food items in their rooms, to avoid bugs etc. The living room is spacious with a big dinning table.
- Help us conserve the earths valuable energy, by switching of lights and air-conditioners when you leave the room.
-Would appreciate not smelling greasy meat cooking,because we keep many good tea in the living room,bad smell will give bad influence to the tea. Many thanks!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Mark. He led us all over town just after we arrived so that we would know what to visit in more detail. As part of that tour, he took us to a old tea house, including a visit to the members-only section with is Qing dynasty. On our third day there, we asked if there was a Starbucks in town, and he led us on a 15 minute walk to show us where it was!
The room we had lived up to its billing - it was large, airy, air-conditioned and with modern bathroom furnishings. We did not use the kitchen, but it looked like it was complete.
Jiading is a decent tourist destination in its own right, but we thought that it is a bit distant from downtown Shanghai to make it an ideal place to stay for anyone's full stay in Shanghai. Including the walk to the subway station (15-20 minutes), it is another 40 minutes or so on the subway to get to People's Square, for example. A taxi to the subway would reduce the time if you can get one promptly.
Jiading is a significant town centre and has an interesting museum, Confucian temple with beautiful gardens, a large moat and a couple of rivers meeting in the town.
We can recommend Mark and his facility wholeheartedly to anyone wanting a slightly quieter, less crowded place to stay while in the Shangai area.
Mark and his family are great!. Always willing to help and made me feel at home. They let me share with them several times the traditional Chinese tea Ceremony and helped me to conect a group of taiji in the community. Enjoy a lot the brightness and tranquility of the house especially every day when coming back from the lively life in the center of Shanghai. Thanks for everything. I will let you know about me ; D
I have a great stay at Mark's apartment during my business in Jiading. Mark has taken his time to show me around Jiading which is absolutely beautiful showing traditional characteristic of an old water town.....I have been in China for 10 years and have seen many places in China; however I have to say Jiading is very special. Again thanks Mark!
I cannot say enough of the hospitality of Mark, all his advice and the amount of time he took to show me around town. I had the most comfortable , enjoyable and chill out week here exploring Jiading leisurely.
I had an unforgettable experiences as Mark took me to the Jiading Hospital of Traditoinal Medicine for acupuncture treatments by the specialist, the local bathhouse, the massage centre nearby, the old town centre.
Thank you so much, Mark!
We have met with Mark and Essie, and talked, as friends who had not seen for a long time.
Essie served us a delicious tea. We enjoyed her graceful movements during the tea ceremony. Our brains, watching the smooth flow of the process, melted after the long journey that has helped recover more quickly.
We slept soundly and woke up for dinner, pushing all of our travel plans.
A wonderful garden around the house with a comfortable chair has to rest.
So come and enjoy the comfort and hospitality of Mark and Essie.
Mark and Essie were wonderful hosts, and their tea ceremony was exceptional. The master bedroom is very luxurious, and Jiarding is a beautiful place.
Mark's master bedroom was very well set up, great place and Jiarding is so beautiful!
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‘Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.’ ～Thich Nhat Hanh
Hey, I'm Mark, the creator and writer of Zen Habits | Ikebana, Tea Ceremony & Shanghai Homestay. I 'm married with two kids (William & Jensen), we live in Jiading (A hidden Jewel with Confucius Temple and beautiful Gardens in northwest suburb of Shanghai), I’m a pedestrian , believe in vegetarianism and diet for health.
Essie,my wife, is a ikebana specialist, also good at tea ceremony, now Essie begin to play Guqin, a seven-stringed plucked instrument in some ways similar to the (website hidden) the same time, Essie begin to learn children massage, it is a traditional Chinese medical science,it can cure children's fever.
Anyway, When you travel to Shanghai, welcome to Jiading to have a cup of tea!