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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  • Located in the bustling Nanjingxilu, there are many subway and bus arrivals. But I do not like its atmosphere, too splendid, completely no monastic people should have a plain. If you are traveling to Shanghai, you can completely overlook this attraction. It's not worth the special visit.
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  • The "distinctive feature" of this temple is this big lantern "standing tall" in the middle of the temple square (I'd been in Japan and seen many stone lanterns where they are like "prevalent" in templ...  more »
  • Jing'an Temple Station soon. You'll know because it is a huge Temple glowing gold Kira. They visited local people seriously devoted prayer, so quietly. 拝mmsu is a splendid Buddha image.
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  • When I was little the temple was more simpler. Nowadays it is rather a small palace than a simple Buddhist temple. Worth a visit!! On the first and the mid of the lunar month the entree is free
  • You will not find peace there and you will not become rich, if you throw some coins in the monument. But you can make nice pictures in a place wich looks like from ancient times. It is awesome taking pictures with the skyscrapers in the background. And sometimes the monks are making music.
  • This beautiful Temple was built, burned down, rebuilt, torn down, and then rebuilt again. It has a lot of history if you want to look into it. Besides that, the temple itself is lavishly designed with lots of Golds and ornaments.
  • 50 yuan entrance fee. Well maintained. Mix of tourists, monks and Buddhists.
  • Gorgeous place, shiny gold roofs and classic architecture. Go to the temple then then park across the street and come back after sunset as the temple is beautifully lit at night. also do not forget to walk around the outside of the temple. Also bring change to toss into the tower in the middle of the temple plaza for good luck (and a bit of fun)
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