Top Shanghai Tours-Jade Buddha Temple Shanghai (two)
Posted Nov 15 2013 6:28am
Founded in 1882, the Jade China tours Buddha Temple is one of the most illustrious Buddhist temples in all of Shanghai, made up of several humbling gathering-areas and devotional spaces. The Devajara Hall, Jade Buddha Tower, and the Mahavira Hall compile the temple’s primary sections, while each of the facility’s final sweeping halls,—the Recumbent Buddha Hall, the Dining-Room, the Tang Hall, Kwan-yin Hall, and the Amitabha Hall—make up the remainder of this world-class destination that resonates with transcendental power. Visitors young and old, religious or no, will no doubt be struck by the temple’s 70 worshipping monks, the three gold-plated Buddha statues towering affront an incredible main hall, and the 7,000 Buddhist sutras featured at this historic holiday spot.
What the busloads come for are the temple's two gorgeous white jade Buddhas, each carved from an individual slab of Burmese jade and brought to Shanghai in 1881 by the monk Huigeng, who was on his way back from Burma to his hometown on nearby Putuo Shan (Putuo Island). A temple was built in 1882 to house the statues, but was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt at the present site in 1918 with swirling eaves characteristic of the Song Dynasty architectural style. Northeast of the main Daxiong Bao Dian (Treasure Hall of the Great Hero), which Yangtze River cruises contains golden images of the Buddhas of the past, present, and future, the Cangjing Lou houses the first of the two treasures: a lustrous, beatific, seated Buddha weighing 205 kilograms (455 lb.), measuring 1.9m (6 ft. 5 in.), and adorned with jewels and stones. The other Buddha is found northwest of the main hall in the Wofo Si, where a less impressive but still beautiful 1m-long (3 ft. 4 in.) sleeping Buddha reclines, his peaceful expression signaling his impending entry into nirvana. Opposite it is a much larger, coarser replica donated by the Singapore Buddhist Friendship Association in 1988.
In the temple, photography is travel to Shanghai forbidden. The temple closes for lunch between noon and 1 pm, and is open daily except on special occasions, such as the Lunar New Year.
Addresss: Anyuan Lu 170, west of Jiangning Lu, 6 long blocks north of Beijing Xi Lu, Putuo District, Admission Fee: RMB 20 Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:30 Recommending Time for a Visit: 1.5 hours Bus Route: No.13, 19, 24, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866, 922 buses will take student tours to China you there.