Jing'an Temple, Shanghai

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Jing'an Temple Metro now. Next is Hisamitsu department store. Admission ticket sales office is on the right side of the gate. Essentially no temples of Japan and discomfort. Chinese-style worship and budai is impressive. How to attain the benefits of budai?
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  • October 3, 2017
    Well worth a visit. The temple is located in amongst the high-rise, highly developed city so its nice to find some history. You don't need to spend long there - 20-30 minutes is probably enough. Inter...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    To my pleasure visiting the Temple in the middle of the hustle and bustle, disconnect a few hours inside, oddly this in mido of skyscrapers. A luxury of Buddhism, relaxing, and without words
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  • July 2, 2017
    A beautiful example of an old temple complex that's still in operation. You'll encounter monks still doing their prayers, and there's usually some of the faithful performing their rituals in one of the areas. The temple is in excellent condition, largely because of a wealthy benefactor (thus the gold roofs). The bell and drum towers are particularly impressive. A note of caution-it's *super* crowded on National Holiday. Almost standing room only. So don't come the first week of October if you can help it.
  • March 5, 2017
    This temple is definitely one of the places of Shanghai I prefer. It is a good break from the city chaos, and the strong smell of incense is relaxing. It is not as ancient as other sites in China, but it is one of the most traditional-looking buildings in Shanghai. The contrast with the surrounding skyscrapers is striking and photogenic. Inside, a lot of people actually pray in the different rooms, which I found particularly interesting as a tourist. You can also see people trying to get coins inside the central structure for good fortune. The price is very accessible, so I would strongly recommend a visit! It is next to a metro station as well as a typical shopping mall.
  • March 21, 2017
    large gilded temple, you need to pay an entrance fee. On the right after the ticketing office is a small room with a covered well that has a not very large hole where you can toss coins and make a wish. I missed all 5 of my 1 yuan coins but the wish came true half a year later! lol!
  • March 20, 2017
    You have to buy ticket to get there , now its 50¥ . When u'll get there you can walk only on 1 and 2 floors. Many people are coming to pray there so its a bit uncomfortable to take pics and talk when somebody is praying. Also monks are living there. So you are kinda barging in private space . Also some cars on the yard spoiled the view and impression
  • December 3, 2016
    Located next to multiple malls on Nanjing West this gorgeous temple stands out among the modern buildings in Jing'an neighborhood. The inside of the temple is spacious and absolutely spectacular. 50Rmb to enter is well worth it.

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