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Jing'an Temple, Shanghai

Guarded by a four-headed lion mounted on a huge pillar, Jing'an Temple stands as Shanghai's most famous religious center. The large Buddhist temple offers a sanctuary and retreat for pilgrims and tourists alike. Originally build in 247 CE, it features a 3.8 m (12 ft) tall jade Buddha weighing 11 tons, as well as a large Ming-period bronze bell. Admire delicate impressionistic 18th-century paintings and calligraphy by the so-called Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, favored by Europeans of the time. An important urban landmark, the temple was a starting point for Shanghai's first tramcar. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Jing'an Temple by using our Shanghai sightseeing planner.
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  • Entrance fee was RMB100! Bell tower was closed. Drum tower was closed. The room with the 3 Gods was closed. All we could do was walk one round and visit the 3 prayer halls.  more »
  • First of all, this ancient temple by itself is absolutely marvelous. Fantastically decorated, full of mystery and history. You can easily spend a few hours here. Having said that, it's pretty...  more »
  • This is a beautiful temple, the main problem of this attraction is that there are far too many people. It's hard to find a quiet place in Shanghai.  more »
  • Located near many large shopping centers, Jing'an Temple is a great place to visit if you want to come to a place with a little bit of history. Since there are so many people here burning incense it can get a little smoky. There are many vendors in the temple that sell good luck trinkets.
  • A beautifully restored temple in the middle of modern Shanghai. Definitely recommend visiting to experience some local culture and spirituality. Entry tickets are $50, which seems steep, however they have done a good job restoring the temple and also considering its location next to upmarket retail and food centres. Conveniently located next to the metro subway.
  • A temple that with lots of commercial shops on its premises. Entrance fee is 50 yuan per adult, have to pay in cash. Opens from 7.30am to 5pm daily. Lots of visitors and tourists. Temple itself is majestic due to the gold paint. Otherwise, this place is too busy for to practise. Lots of monks performing rites for the departed ones. Good place to visit if you are in the city area. Would prefer to visit more peaceful temples like Longhua Temple or Jade Buddha Temple, where the locals go.
  • Even you have to pay 100 rmb for the ticket it worth a visit. Templeis really beautiful. And the wooden crafts are amazing. The area which the temple located is surrounded by high end shopping malls with all branded stuff if you are interested in that too...
  • Easy to visit. Good place to enjoy Chinese temple.

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