This is Yoen in Shang-hai.This looks a Chinese traditional temple with a fountain and tileroofed house though it's called Yoen which is a commercial complex with many of restaurants and cafes ,shopping mole with souvenior shops.
It maybe originated from real traditional temple but there are whole a lot of shops and no atmosphere of sacred or humble like.I guess this huge commercial complex dates back to old local shopping mole with real small temple, which maybe really small and down to earth.And then, some local people built a shop and some others followed it and started building one after another,then bunched together with original one and they were getting bigger and bigger, year by year.And it ended up in such an intricate shopping area.
If you like Japanese animations, it might be the one you like because this town Yoen has real Asian atomosphere and kind of surreal.Whole area is intricate like a maze, just like the world of "Sen to chihiro no kamikakushi(Spirited away)"
We came to Yoen just the next day of the day we had a frog soup in Suzoh city.And because of those red chilies in the soup I ate I had a loose bowel.I wanted to enjoy the dim-sam(Yamcha),my upset stomach offtenly took me to restrooms.At the restroom in a cafe in Yoen, I also got a stomach upset and had to go to the restroom.
I prepared for dirty toilet in China but that was even worse, they didn't have a toilet paper.I was so despirate to get only a pack of pocket tissue, and in the end I found one.That was a disaster.
Well...anyway, you can get there by a cab or if you are staying in Band area, you can walk.Shang-hai is quite a nice area and I like it.All are mixed with old and new.Europian culture and Chinese one are blended together.
Band area is really developed and some place has a new face and Europianized, but as you go into the residencial area, in which Yoen is located,they have reall good old Chinese faces.
So if you will stay in downtown area, most of Japanese would stay in downtown though, you should take a walk all through to Yoen, in that way you can enjoy the true China.