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Jing'an Temple

The Jing’an Temple is a cultural treasure trove, packed with Buddhist relics and maintaining the ancient tradition of the Temple Fair.

Originally constructed in the 3rd century AD, the Jing’an Temple has undergone a series of reconstructions over the centuries. It was moved from nearby Suzhou Creek during the Song Dynasty and was turned into a plastics factory following Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

The temple’s latest incarnation dates back to the 1980s, when it was rebuilt following a fire which devastated the previous structure. The modern temple is a spiritual refuge in the bustling city centre, its glistening golden roofs and carved mahogany pillars contrasting spectacularly against the busy commercial buildings which surround it.

Shower your nearest and dearest with blessings by burning incense or dropping a coin in the urn by the entrance, before making your way into the shrine. This is a thriving temple, with daily worship and a three-day Temple Fair to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday every May. If you are in Shanghai during the Fair, it’s well worth dropping by. Villagers and city-dwellers have been coming here since the seventeenth-century Qing Dynasty to sell their artisanal crafts and local produce.

Jing’an Temple houses some of China’s most important Buddhist relics, including a 4-metre tall Buddha carved out of jade and the priceless bronze Hongwu bell which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Other pieces, including the influential art and calligraphy of the Eight Eccentric Painters of Yangzhou, are displayed in the exhibition hall. In the basement, you’ll find over 130,000 pieces of carefully preserved stone scripture, while the Grand Hall plays host to a Sakyamuni Buddha, cast from 15 tonnes of silver.

Located on the busy West Nanjing Road, you can reach the temple by bus or metro. It is open every day throughout the year and there is a small entry fee to enter.


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Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai

Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai

1218 Middle Yan'an Road, Jing An Kerry Centre, West Nanjing, Shanghai, Shanghai
    5.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in the centre of Shanghai, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jing'an Temple and Jiuguang Department Store. Shanghai Exhibition ...

    Jing An Shangri-La, West ShanghaiAU$314

    Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

    Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

    65 Yanan Road West, Shanghai, Shanghai
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jing An Park, Jiuguang Department Store and Jing'an Temple. Shanghai Exhibition Center and ...

      Hotel Equatorial ShanghaiAU$105

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

      Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, Shanghai
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jing'an Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square. Shanghai ...

        The Portman Ritz-Carlton, ShanghaiAU$240

        The Puli Hotel And Spa

        The Puli Hotel And Spa

        1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai, Shanghai
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jing'an Temple, Former French Concession and Jade Buddha Temple. People's Square and Shanghai ...

          The Puli Hotel And SpaAU$351

          Swissotel Grand Shanghai

          Swissotel Grand Shanghai

          1 Yu Yuan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Jing'an Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Former French Concession and Nanjing Road Shopping District. ...

            Swissotel Grand ShanghaiAU$167

            Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai

            Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai

            58 Mao Ming Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in the heart of Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai International Trade Plaza and Former French Concession. Jing'an Temple ...

              Okura Garden Hotel ShanghaiAU$188

              The Kunlun Jing An

              The Kunlun Jing An

              No 250 Hua Shan Road, Jing An District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                4.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Jing'an Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District. The ...

                The Kunlun Jing AnAU$154

                Youcun Apartment - Bai Le Men

                Youcun Apartment - Bai Le Men

                Room 502, No.20 Bai Le Men Xiao Qu, Lane 246, Yuyuan Rd, Jing'An District, Shanghai
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Jing'an, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Jing An Park and Jing'an Temple. People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District ...

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