The Shanghainese have belatedly realised the value of their old city, Nanshi, located just below the Bund. They have rebuilt certain islands in the Ming style, and beautiful houses with curved roofs now seem larger than life.
There are manywelcoming shops and cafés. In addition to these vestiges of millennial China, there are more recent buildings dating from the last century, known as shikumen, which have also been restored. The lintel stone that surmount the entrances to these houses symbolises the meeting of European and Chinese styles.
To find peace in this lively neighbourhood, take refuge in Yu Garden or the Shanghai Temple of the Town God. And discover some of the most authentic places of worship in Shanghai: the Fuyou Lu Qingzhen Si Mosque; the Temple of Confucius, with its fragrant magnolia garden; or the Baiyun Temple, with its 8,000 Taoist scriptures.