Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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This Chinese Buddhist Temple hosts two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma, along with many other cultural relics. It is a peaceful refuge from the modern bustle of Shanghai, where monks may be seen and heard conducting Buddhist ceremonies.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kathy J
Carson City, NV117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a great example of a Buddhist Temple. If you wish to learn about the Buddhist religion, this is a good start. The actual jade Buddha is on the second floor of this building. But, the main floor provides gilded statues - huge ones- of Buddha and his kings. This is a Temple and followers are praying and making offerings so it is important to be respectful. I really enjoyed this quiet site in the midst of a city of almost 30 million people.
Written April 8, 2020
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Surprisingly this temple is nice, a good size and historical. Just walking distance from the Changshou metro station line 7. There’s a variety of statues of gods and goddesses to be admired snd prayed (if you are a Buddhist). There are 2 Jade buddhas, one reclining and one sitting upright. Both in different parts of the temple. The reclining buddha is in white jade and the sitting buddha is in green jade. Sitting buddha sits in an airconditioned room where no photography is allowed. Pretty cool visit!
Written August 2, 2021
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Maria K
62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful temple in Shanghai: don’t skip. It’s really pretty. With a couple of gorgeous courtyards and multiple temples you can visit. Highly recommended. In the middle of the city. You can’t photograph the Jade Buddha itself, but all other altars you can. Everything is so calm, and pretty and manicured and worthy of a photo.
Written May 19, 2024
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taqqie
Utrecht, The Netherlands3,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a very active temple, with loads of Buddha's and undoubtedly lots of stories and anecdotes. Unfortunately I ended up without guide to explain to me what was going on, but nevertheless this was a very impressive experience. Despite its fame, still very much in use by locals and I felt slightly intrusive.
Definitely something you wouldn't want to miss if you;re exploring Shanghai for the first time.
Written November 7, 2020
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Maria Floratou
Patras, Greece1,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
The jade buddha temple in Shanghai is a good place to go whether you are Buddhist or not. The peaceful and transcendent atmosphere adds a kind of richness to our busy modern society.
Written August 22, 2019
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vmimartins
Guimaraes, Portugal1,536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
After being in Tibet and visit some Buddhist temple the visit to Jade Buddha temple showed a different concept and a different living of the Buddhism. A nice temple with two great white jade statues of Buddha, but it´s seemed quite “commercial” not just for the gift shop but it looks like just a touristic attraction.
Written September 21, 2011
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deabs8
Los Angeles56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
First off the Jade Temple is very nice and a definate must see. It is however the youngest of the three temples in Shanghai, and the original Jade buddha that was destroyed in a fire bout 100 years ago, was much smaller than what is there now. I loved the whole trip there and only advise that the "tour guide" that will come up to you and practice his/her english will be very sweet and knowledgable so take advantage of them while they are with you but be aware that the shop they will take you to first is the most expensive and they will be very good at selling you on the fact that all proceeds go to a charitable fund. Bargain here if you are going to buy and know that the shops on the lower floors sell about the same stuff for much, much less!!! Sometimes a couple 1000 RMB less!!! (for statues) Have fun and take the tour guides with a grain of salt.
Written December 1, 2008
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Scenic281379
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Only visit if you want to go to a giant buda theme gift shop with and entry fee of 20yuan. Since the moment you enter you are guide straigth to the shops!only the 1st room (guardians) has no shop next to the statues,but the keepers all the time scream that u should go to the other rooms. After it is all shops,not even the jade buda can be seen in peace!next to the "free entrance buda" (included in the original ticket) can be seen without 3 shopkeepers screaming all the time "hello!chopsticks!very cheap!" And a red add saying all other items on sale in front of the buda. The other buda (10 yuan extra) is about 5mts away and with a poor ligthning (no pictures nor video allowed) and to be honest you can't really see much due to the darkness and the distance. All the items are over price (in comparason of the tipical over price turistic items),same one can be found for 30% or more around the yu (yuan) garden/god's temple even the hand paintings and the teas (and all the crap they sell to be honest). Also, not even those who pray get off eassy, they are push away by the keepers if they pray too long. The feeding the fish cost 38 yuan a bag (in other places cost from 1 to 20...top!). If you want to see a real temple there are far better choises! The god's temple or the jin'ang temple where you pay a fee to support the building and of course you can support more if you want directly in front of the statues, in there you can see real religion and actually feel at peace. My advise DON'T GO THERE!
Written April 7, 2014
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ctm7944
Phoenix, AZ17,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Take Metro Line 7 to Changshou Rd depart station at Exit 5. Walk East/Left on XinhuiRd. Turn Right at Shaanxi N. Road. then Left at Anyuan Rd. 15 minutes total walking.
Cost is 20Y for entry and 10Y to see the Buddhas (sitting & reclining). Photos are allowed throughout complex, except for the sitting Buddha. The buddhas are accessed by climbing stairs.
Guides are available at a cost, but not necesary.
The complex is very picturesque and serene. A great getaway from the hustle & bustle of the city.
Note: The Monks are at lunch from 11AM - 2PM.
Written November 29, 2013
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d m
CA, USA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
It seems this 'temple' is located right in the middle of a market or something because its surrounding on the outside STINKS. At the time we arrived by taxi, there was a loud argument right in the front door.. perhaps some motorcyclist ran into someone walking, no one hurt but maybe someone wanted compensation.. First impression: stinky and scary.

We learned that we had to PAY an entrance fee to enter the 'temple'. Also, another fee to PAY if we wanted to light some incense.. When I opened my purse, the MONK leaned over and looked in it, trying to see how much money I have (which determined their level of catering services to us. he didn't get to see anything!). The whole time there, most monks were constantly checking there cell phones!!!! Even the chanting was just a 'show'.

Nothing was authentic, respectful, spiritual, or simple here.Take away those in robes 'the monks' and those running the place, it is a site worth seeing for all of its old characteristics and charms. Unfortunately not enough to compensate for the people's terrible behavior.

The real bottom line there is the site generates money, so put on your costumes. Quite honestly, I believe that the Chinese despite religion/Buddhism. Without speaking it out loud, they simply express their disgust in action. ???What happened to them???

We walked around, there was a short hallway (about 15 normal walking steps away) leading to another room.. so we followed to look inside. Turned out it was just a restaurant, so we turned around to come back on our path. Notice this is still inside the 'temple' premise, no gate, no door of any sort; except a sign in Chinese word. A man who wasn't there 20 seconds ago YELLED at us in Chinese & blocked our way. We politely tried to explain in few words that we were just walking around. He sounded like he repeated what he just said in YELLING tone.. About the 4th time of his repeat, he held out his hand out (like to insist we give him something...) We gave him our tickets. He let us pass him.

We believe he must have said: temple Restaurant guests don't get access to the 'temple' area without tickets. But what kind of manner is that on a 'temple' premise?? Was it because we were Asian, so he treated us like one of his kind and called us thief?? We sure felt like ones. Perhaps, if we were light skin, blonde hair, and taller he would have composed a more proper manner?!!?!!

Then, there was another heavy fee we'd have to pay if we'd like to see 'the Jade Buddha' --no, I was disappointed at how nasty this experience was. I was done with this place. Actually, were were done anyway because there wasn't MUCH of anything to see or to learn.

We took a cab on that rainy day after we learned from the phone app that this was an attraction site. We were ripped off by the Taxi on the "to" trip. We had been in Shanghai for 4 days, so we decided to walk back. It was may be.. 3-4 miles away.

We did a lot of walking and I do like the walk. I learned after my entire trip that China today isn't truly what it seems. What it really is, is no more than a metal ring plated with a very thin layer of gold. That amount of gold isn't suitable quality for our western world but its faulty shine sets it apart amongst Asia.

I came to China looking for the old world, one of a kind craftsmanship, society of integrity.. After all, that is what their media projects about who they are, isn't it?? I was disappointed.
Written September 6, 2012
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