Live in Traditional Chinese Culture

Apartment - Private room · 号 Tacheng Rd, Shanghai, Shanghai 201800, China
Mark
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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 only for guests, my family live in the next-door ,so, don't worry children making noise. The apartment has three rooms, this one is master room with bathroom inside, kitchen is available, guests can cook by themselves. restaurants are very close .we can drink tea in the living room .

Includes:
- House cleaning service weekly
- wi-fi
- 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

Transportation:
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
- 40 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 pagoda, old street, bridges, temple, private gardens etc. You may trace the footprints of this South ancient town by visiting Huilongtan Park, Confucius Temple, Fahua Pagoda, Qiuxia Garden, appreciating Bamboo Carving Museum and Lu Yanshao Art Gallery, enjoying local delicates at Zhouqiao food street.

Fahua Pagoda

It was first constructed during Emperor Kaixi's reign(phone number hidden)) in the South Song Dynasty. It is a tetrahedral brick-wooden structure pagoda with seven-floor in a height of 40.85 meters. After getting through many renovations, the pagoda 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.

Huilongtan Park

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.

Qiuxia Garden

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 Pagoda. 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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $231 /week
Monthly Price: $702 /month
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  • Mark is certainly the gracious host as mentioned by the other reviewers. He spent 3+ hours of his time, showing us the shops (food, fruits, sundries) near his apartment and even came with us on the bus to the old town center of Jiading where we visited the Confucian Temple and the Bamboo Carving Museum. Mark was very knowledgeable and acted as our tour guide at both places. We ate lunch at a restaurant that specialized in "soup dumplings" aka "xiao long bao" - a tasty treat!

    People's Square in Shanghai is 45 mins by train and costs only 6 yuan each way (Sept 2013). We managed to catch the Christian Dior exhibition at the MoMA. The world-class Shanghai Museum of Art is not to be missed as well.

    Marks apartment is on the ground floor of a low rise building - one of many buildings located within a small gated community, complete with a children's playground, basketball court, walking paths alongside fountains and bridges.

    Our bedroom came with a private full bath. The other two bedrooms in the apartment share a full bath just steps down the common aisle. The bathrooms have Western style sit-down toilets. The bedrooms are clustered away from the other living areas and are thus quiet enough should you wish to sleep in.

    After touring for 2 weeks, we appreciated the washing machine and laundry detergent in the apartment. There was a huge area in the courtyard outside with many clothes lines and hangers to air dry the clothes. It was good to have clean clothes again.

    Given the pots and pans, one can certainly cook in the kitchen. But with so many restaurants near the apartment and in Jiading center itself, we did not bother. A nearby fruit store provided us with juicy Asian pears, Chinese peaches, apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, kumquats, pomelos, cherries, etc.

    After school ends for the day, Mark's children and dog sometimes play in the courtyard; they are friendly and very well-behaved (even the dog).

    Yes, I would recommend Mark's apartment in Jiading, especially for longer stays and/or for a quiet, community-based home away from the bustle of street crowds and the loud noise of city traffic.

    September 2013
    Mark
    Response from Mark:

    Thanks, you are really (website hidden).

    September 2013
  • Very nice guy, we had tea together. Unfortunately we had not more time, so he couldn't show us around. I recommend staying with him!

    February 2013
  • We luckily finish our Shanghai trip in Jiading (Shanghai suburb). The city is calm and relaxing contrasting with Shanghai even if you have a lot of things to see. Mark and Essie receive us with a lot of generosity and kindness. They really care about our comfort. They invited us to a tea ceremony and explaining the difference virtue of each kind of tea. There place is very pretty, big, confortable, "zen" (just like in the pictures). If ever you go to Shanghai we recommend you to pass by Jiading and stay few days in Mark and Essie's place.

    October 2012
    Mark
    Response from Mark:

    Rebecca, Thank you for your good words. We really enjoy the time staying with you. Have a nice trip in China! Yours sincerely Mark & Essie

    October 2012
  • Mark truly is the ultimate host. I had a thouroughly enjoyable week in Jiading where he spent much time showing me around town, took me to the bathhouse, to the specialist at Jiading Hospital for Tradional Medicine for treatments, the local tailor to have some clothes made, pointed all all the local attractions to check out. After I moved to Suzhou Creek for the remainder of my holiday, when I still had to return to the hospital, he kindly picked me up at the train station, helped me with choosing thank you gifts for the doctor and student at the hospital and took me to the tailor to settle the account. I could not have asked for a more accommodating and kind host.
    Thank you so much, Mark, you truly are outstanding and I hope I can return the hospitality when one day you visit Melbourne.

    August 2012
  • 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!

    August 2012
  • Our stay in Jiading was calm and enlightening - Mark is an excellent host. We were unfortunate not to meet Essie,but very fortunate in another way,as Mark had plenty of time to spend with us and we enjoyed his company immensely.Jiading is a delightful town to wander around and Mark was very generous with his time - showing us all the special places.We also loved just sitting and talking about life with him over many cups of tea.He is a very kind person with a good heart.
    We can only tell you about our wonderful experience - you must go there and feel it for yourself.

    July 2012
  • We love this family! Two days was definitely not enough time with them. Our original plan was to spend a day in Jiading and a day in downtown Shanghai, but we enjoyed Jiading so much that we never left! We are family of 3 and the master bedroom was perfect for us. It is actually bigger than the photos look. The bed itself was plenty of room for two adults and one child. Mark is warm and kind. He goes out of his way to make sure you have a wonderful time on your stay. Essie is brilliant! She is very shy, but didn't mind when I watched her make ikebana or listened while she practiced guqin. We love her commitment for traditional Chinese arts. Their son William is one year younger than my daughter and although she doesn't speak Chinese and he speaks very little English they had so much fun playing together! Their youngest son Jensen is two and he is a sweet boy. Even though we didn't make it into downtown to visit we arrived and left by train from there and we didn't feel Jiading was too far away. We don't mind the MTR ride. If you feel you must spend time downtown then I would suggest you stay at the very least 3 days b/c you will find it hard to leave Jiading! Thank you Mark, Essie, William and Jensen for a wonderful stay with you!

    June 2012
  • I've stayed at Mark's only 2 nights
    It's too far from Shanghai Centre but such a relief when you want to be away from this creazy city! ;-)
    I was at my first days in China, in Asia. Mark was such good help for all questions, the language, the culture, to get my way around.

    I really enjoyed walking along the canal and arrived at the little public square and had BBQ in terraces with restaurant and locals. This was the high light of my 2 days. Be careful with the spice! ;-)

    The master room is very big. It 's clean, humble, great.
    If you have the choice between 2 places think about contributing to a family from Shanghai with 2 kids-which is not easy!

    I should have spend a bit more time at night to experience the tea ceremony with them instead of being tricked by non honnest people in downtown Shanghai...

    THANKS MARK!
    (and Bonjour to your wife whom I didn't see much)

    May 2012
  • I arrived at Mark and Essie"s and felt like I was coming to stay with old friends. Mark was a wonderful host greeting me, taking me for lunch in a local restaurant and shopping for food. The main bedroom was big & clean and with own bathroom Also enjoyed cooking my own food after many nights in hotels.

    Essie is shy and her English is not as good as Mark's however she shared a Tea Ceremoney and we took lots of pictures and had a good laugh. Mark generously took me for a long walk around the old city to take photos and as we walked, we talked and shared ideas and life views. I also visited the Confucious Temple and around the sights of Jiading...very beautiful although much of the newer areas are Industrial!

    My stay was very special and a highlight amongst many during my month in China. I certainly recommend staying here and I really enjoyed my home away from home. Thank you so much Mark and Essie for your brilliant hospitality. I will certainly return for another taste of your traditional (and modern) Chinese life. love Suex

    May 2012
  • We had a great time with Mark and Essie. Mark was a wonderful host and helped us with the practicalities before and after arrival in Shanghai. Having tea together one evening was a treat. Jiading is quite far from the city centre but we were actually happy we decided to stay there since it's very picturesque and offers a glimpse into the less touristy parts of the city. It will be fun to go back there again. Thanks, Mark and Essie!

    May 2012
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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!
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