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Jing'an Temple, Shanghai
(3.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Jing'an Temple into our Shanghai travel itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It is worth a stop. It is peaceful, big and active. It has an interesting architecture. pray and enjoy being blessed. 
  • This is a charming temple right next to a subway station. An interesting combination of old architecture surrounded by more modern buildings. 
  • Very nice place entrance must pay , evening view is better with lights , actually nothing too special but if in Shanghai for 4-5 days must go ... 
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  • Big beautiful temple in the city .. 50yuan per person for entrance fee is quite expensive though .. Very convenient right next to the jing'an trmple metro station
  • I love this place ! The energy is amazing. It was fundamental one of the most influential cultural experience anyone can have while visiting Shanghai. I walked into morning prayers in the main chamber where the silver buddha is. Their bonsai garden is amazing as well.
  • fantastic old temple you must see if you visit shanghai
  • A recently renovated historical temple amongst skyscrapers. Worth a visit.
  • One can immediately sense the sheer difference at the first glance. Gorgeous and serene.