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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. 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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  • A gorgeous temple in middle of city. Very peaceful. Think it was like $8 USD to walk around. Multiple levels and great architecture and storyline. Gift shop is expensive so be careful what you buy,  more »
  • This temple is right in the middle of all the huge buildings, it is very very close to metro line 2 and like they previously stated its 50 rmb's. My husband wanted to visit so we stopped by before goi...  more »
  • Be sure to visit this temple, while in Shanghai. An oasis of peace and gem of ancient architecture surrounded by modern buildings and the hustle and bustle of a big city. Easily reached by Metro, the station of the same name is located right next to the temple. You should spend at least an hour to watch all available for tourists with statues of Buddhist deities.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Beautiful, very accessible but too expensive. Enough to see from the outside.
  • This is a beautiful temple complex and definitely worth a visit.