Qibao

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Qibao
七宝镇
Town
Qibao Old Town
Qibao Old Town
Qibao is located in Shanghai
Qibao
Qibao
Location in Shanghai
Coordinates: 31°09′28″N 121°21′05″E / 31.15778°N 121.35139°E / 31.15778; 121.35139Coordinates: 31°09′28″N 121°21′05″E / 31.15778°N 121.35139°E / 31.15778; 121.35139
Country People's Republic of China
Municipality Shanghai
District Minhang
Village-level divisions 54 residential communities
9 villages
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 201101
Area code(s) 0021
Website www.qibao.gov.cn/

Qibao (simplified Chinese: 七宝镇; traditional Chinese: 七寶镇; pinyin: Qībǎo Zhèn; literally: "Seven Treasures Town"; Shanghainese: tshih4pau2) is a town in Minhang District, Shanghai.[1] Its formation can be traced back to the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, to the Northern Song Dynasty. The name comes from the local temple, "Qibao Temple".[2] Today, Qibao is a tourist attraction, in the area known as Qibao Old Town by the Puhui River with traditional Chinese architecture and a number of attractions, including museums and street food.[3]

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.[citation needed] 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. Qibao is also known for crickets (with a "Cricket House") in the Qibao Old Town area.

Location[edit]

Located in the western suburbs of Shanghai, Qibao covers an area of 21.3 square kilometres (8.2 sq mi). It can be accessed by taking Shanghai Metro Line 9 to Qibao Station. As of 2011, it has 54 residential communities (居委会) and nine villages under its administration.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qibao Ancient Town". TravelChinaGuide. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Qibao Old Street: Look for the Saga of Shanghai. China: Shanghai Qibao Old Town Industrial Development Co. Ltd. 
  3. ^ Pitts, Christopher (April 2013). "Top Sights: Qibao". Pocket Shanghai (3rd ed.). Lonely Planet. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-1-74179-963-7. 
  4. ^ 2011年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:七宝镇 (in Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Retrieved 2013-01-03.