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 specially for guests, my family normally live in the next-door ,so, don't worry children making noise. The apartment has three rooms, each one is facing a 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 north 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
- 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 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 we have time, we would like to invite you for a cup of tea 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.
- 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!
I really love this place. It's clean and silence. I reccomend if you are finding some place for relax in Shanghai. Moreover, it's easy to find vegetarian food around here.
Jiading is a very interesting place to visit, much less turisty (we haven't encountered any other foreigners!) than downtown or other water towns, and much more real-life. It's a bigger city than I had first pictured, and it's beautiful to let yourself wander round and find its hidden gems. Old town is very traditional, then long streets with very good shops in the modern part of the city, the Confucius temple, the gardens. Mark and his family have been extremely kind and welcoming, I'd love to go again and stay for longer. Felt at home.
Hi Giulia, sorry for the hot water problem. It was because i forgot to charge money for natural gas, I should ask you if you had some problem for take shower, Sorry. And also sorry for the difficulty bring to you about the first arriving. I should send you a print in chinese address. Thanks again. wish you a happy new year. Yours sincerely Mark and family.
Thank you for the great time in Jiading! Mark was very nice and helpful. He gave us tipps were to go and what to see. During a tea we had some time to talk about chinese traditions and history.
He also took us to Shanghai so that don't had to go by metro.
The flat was very nice and clean. We lived together with his parents in an own apartment, but we had our own bathroom.
Mark was a great host! He helped me find the apartment, showed me around town, and gave me great advice about what to do and see in the town. I am only sorry that I didn't get to spend much time talking to him and his family, but I really enjoyed my stay with them.
A week's stay at Mark's was the best guest experience I've had. He's given his time and effort to show me great things in China and helped with any small difficulties of being foreign and not speaking the language. It was a pleasure to meet his family. The place is beautiful, peaceful, safe and very comfortable. It's a far better choice than a hotel in China for a super relaxing and more authentic stay. Plus, a brilliant bed - might explain why I slept late :) Strongly recommend it!
Nice and clean house. A little too far to downtown. A great chance to live in country side in shanghai.
Mark is nice and helpful.
Mark was extremely welcoming! He was busy getting ready for his vacation and still made time to have some tea and talk with me. The room had a great view of his garden, an area that also turned out to be a comfortable spot to cozy-up with a book. The neighborhood (and city) was filled with friendly people, and I thought it was a good introduction to Shanghai. There is also a metro station within walking distance (15 minutes).
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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!