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Jing An Temple

This centuries-old, downtown Shanghai temple is home to the largest pure jade statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in mainland China.

Jing’an Temple has a fitting name. It translates to “Temple of Peace and Tranquility” and this complex on one of the city’s main shopping streets does indeed offer an oasis of calm. Built in the third century, the Buddhist temple has a checkered past. It was relocated during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), converted into a plastics factory during the Cultural Revolution and destroyed by fire in 1972. Today’s reconstructed temple, surrounded by modern skyscrapers and shopping malls, is a perfect place to escape the busy streets of downtown Shanghai. It also offers a fascinating window into the spiritual lives of Shanghai’s people.

Light some incense sticks and send blessings to loved ones at home. This is an active temple and so visitors are welcome to join locals in worship. Enjoy the tranquility as you stroll through the temple’s three main halls: Mahavira Hall, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the Three Sage Hall. In the Mahavira Hall, stand before China’s biggest pure jade Buddha. The statue stands about 12 feet (nearly 4 meters) high and weighs more than 10 tons (8.9 tonnes).

Make your way to the Exhibition Hall of Buddhist Relics to admire the impressive paintings and calligraphy by Yangzhou’s Eight Eccentric Painters. Keep an eye out for one of the temple’s most important relics, the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) bronze bell.

If you are visiting Shanghai in early May, try not to miss the annual Temple Fair, which celebrates Buddha’s birthday. The three-day fair began during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when villagers would gather at the temple and sell handicrafts and agricultural produce.

You’ll find Jing’an Temple on West Nanjing Road in downtown Shanghai. The temple is easy to get to by metro and public bus. There is a small admission fee and the temple is open daily.


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The Puli Hotel And Spa $270
The Puli Hotel And Spa

The Puli Hotel And Spa

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

    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 Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jing'an Temple Station is only a 5-minute walk and Changping Road Station is 15 minutes.

    Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai $211
    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 Stars

      Located in the center of Shanghai, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jing'an Temple and Jiuguang Department Store. Shanghai Exhibition Center and Former French Concession are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jing'an Temple Station is 7 minutes by foot and Changping Road Station is 16 minutes.

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai $138
      The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

      The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

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

        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 People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jing'an Temple Station is 8 minutes by foot and West Nanjing Road Station is 11 minutes.

        The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan $214
        The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

        The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

        1008 West Beijing Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jing'an Temple, Former French Concession, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. People's Square and Yu Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km). West Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Changping Road Station is 14 minutes.

          The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi $146
          The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

          The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

          No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 15 minutes. South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

            Hotel Equatorial Shanghai $52
            Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

            Hotel Equatorial Shanghai

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

              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 People's Square are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jing'an Temple Station is 5 minutes by foot and Changshu Road Station is 15 minutes.

              The Kunlun Jing An $95
              The Kunlun Jing An

              The Kunlun Jing An

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

                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 Bund and Yu Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km). Changshu Road Station is 5 minutes by foot and South Shaanxi Road Station is 13 minutes.

                Swissotel Grand Shanghai $78
                Swissotel Grand Shanghai

                Swissotel Grand Shanghai

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

                  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. People's Square and Shanghai Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jing'an Temple Station is only a 5-minute walk and Changping Road Station is 11 minutes.