Jiading: a historical and modern place to visit
Jiading district of Shanghai is full of historical and cultural relics as well as modern styles and natural scenery, which attracts visitors from all over the world.
Jiading has an abundance of historical and cultural relics, including the national intangible cultural heritages – Xuhang Grass Weaving and Jiading Bamboo Carving, as well as Confucius Temple, which was built in 1219 and Guyi Garden, founded in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has a rich cooking culture. The famous xiaolongbao, or steamed buns, a typical traditional Chinese food, originated in Jiading.
Its culture businesses and activities are thriving, with a culture center, museum, library, youth activity center, radio and TV station, and lots of traditional activities on offer, making for a strong folk arts scene. As the site of Shanghai International Automobile City, with the Shanghai International Circuit, Asia's first Porsche Experience Center and the Shanghai Auto Museum, every year it holds multiple competitions and events, including the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.
Jiading has seen rapid development and modernization in recent years, without losing its traditional culture. The designs of new architects in the area retain some of the spirit of Zen. Modern and traditional aspects of culture achieve a good balance here.