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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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  • This temple is located very close to city center Shanghai. This was my second visit to this temple. Ticket Price is RMB 50 and it is worth visiting when you are in Shanghai.Another good part is the be...  more »
  • Very nicely kept historical monument. Unfortunately missed on inside view. You can walk from all 4 sides of temple, which is surrounded by shopping places and eateries. Reaching here is very easy Get ...  more »
  • Great place to relax your mind, by siting in the temple of Jing'an. Takes you back in time to see the old Chinese art work. Throw a coin and see whether you are lucky to get the coin in to the centre ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • What an impressive place! Great woodwork.