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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 temple within the city along the road. A very huge and beautiful place to visit. They just close early at 5 in the afternoon. Tourists and locals alike come and visit this holy place for worship. 
  • If you don't have a lot of time, it's a good place to visit to get some feeling for old China. Buildings are nice, but no explanations given, so you'll have to figure everything out yourself. 
  • Our son recommended this visit even though he had never visited. It was more than worth our time. The statues, the art, the woodwork, the ceremony...it was beautiful. The only criticism is that it wou...  more »
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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.