Followed a local to find these 2 places. No crowd for sure, because there was no one there  and NO path for the temple (road was a big ask in this case).

This hidden gem was built in 1930, designed by a prominent Hugarian architect, Ladislaus Hudec in 1925. Mr Hudec was an important man, he did 60+ buildings in Shanghai and a top architect of his time.

(1) Catholic Country Church 息焉堂, Shanghai – No. 1 Ke Le Roadcatholic-country-church-Shanghai-Ladislaus Hudec-2221.JPGIn 1966, this Byzantine style church was damaged by the cultural revolution. Fortunately, they used the church as a school 1968, so not the whole building was trashed; lost all the stain glass and that sort of thing. By 1974, the church’s cemetery was redistributed to be used for Shanghai Botanical Garden’s nursery (just lovely). After 42 years of non-church activities, the church was reopened for Catholic service in church actually close their doors(!) It is best to visit on Sunday between 8h00-10h00. There is service on Sunday at 8h00. Chinese service only. Otherwise you may get a nasty closed church


Font choice that went wrong… this Chinese font belongs to the Qing (first emperor of China)… why on earth did they do that? Most people can’t read this.

(2) Temple (no idea what the name is, there is no road), near Ye Nu Jing river 野奴泾

This temple was built behind the church.. It kind of looked like a Taoism thing. Not sure really. The temple looked finished, but there was no access anywhere.

The view was worth walking through the bush. I mean, when will you EVER see an empty place in Shanghai? As a deprived person, I felt that it was worth it. Could only see it by climbing the wall or through the slits of the walls. It was more like the small child in me just wanted to do this.

This is the path. You kind of need to face yourself towards the wall and walk sideways.

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 Where was I? / How to get here?

There was no nearby subway. The closest public transport was the bus.

Taxi – No. 1 Ke Le Road, near Hami Road ==> will like to emphasize that we only saw 3 cars the whole time, so if you want to take a taxi to get home, either you call one or you’ll be waiting for a long time

Bus – stop Xianxia Lu Jianhe Lu 仙霞路剑河路 54, 88, 836 Take about 10min walk to find the church.

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Salut, I am Joyce. 30 something living in Paris. Appreciate little things and share giggles. Prudent, no nonsense reviews. #ExploreLaughRepeat


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  2. No Joyce, you will never see an empty place in Shanghai (and many other major Chinese cities for that matter). What a shame I did not know about these two places when I visited Shanghai – they look great.

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