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“Peaceful and very nice”
Review of Longhua Temple

Longhua Temple
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Owner description: Built in the early Song Dynasty (960-1279), it is the oldest and largest temple in Shanghai. It is popularly believed that the temple gained its name Longhua from the legendary “Longhua” tree with branches extending some 20 kilometers, under which the Maitreya Buddha was enlightened.
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This temple is slightly away from city center, however it is worth a trip. It is very close to metro/subway station (about 800-900 meters walk) from the station.
The temple from, outside does not look to be bi or attractive, however once you step inside, you will see this is quite a large complex and has 3 main buildings. The garden around temple is also simple but very nice. Outside the temple, there is large pagoda.
When we went there it was Saturday and we do not have to pay any fees, though they mentioned about 10 Yuan as fees for entrance.

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

OK, so it's not as elaborate as the Hangzhou temple, and it takes awhile to get there on the metro (line 11); but you'll feel like you're in "real" China at Longhua Temple. We got off the Metro and there was an enormous contrast between the high rises going up in this corner of the city and the ancient pagoda and temple. The people in this Shanghai neighborhood and the visitors to the temple look more rural than urban; and we were the only Westerners at the temple. It was humbling to watch the worshipers who were so excited to have traveled there. The monks seemed real, not like performers. Our favorite part was visiting the vegetarian "restaurant," where the only dish offered was an amazing bowl of soup- chock full of homemade noodles and a variety of vegetables - at 15 RMB! Don't miss the Martyrs' Cemetery next door, which is HUGE and impressive and pretty much the yin to the temple's yang.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

I really wanted to visit a tranditional temple while in Shanghai and this did not disappoint! The pagoda (sp) outside looks just like you'd imagine and inside it was tranquil. Beautiful rooms leading into court yards.

Thank KDEngland
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Nice temple to visit. Is in need of some renovations to restore it to its former glory!

Very friendly people and very authentic.

Thank melbourne505
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

If you have not experienced a temple in China, this is a very good option to see one. Only costs 10RMB for entry which includes an incense bundle if you care to join in on that. It is not large nor crowded but is active with monks and worshippers around. The buddhas and other statues are excellent to see but the buildings could use some TLC. The smell of burning incense fills the air it seems throughout the grounds.

I actually had tried to go to this one on Chinese New Year Day in 2012 but walked away as it was so crowded that day with people trying to enter and the number of street vendors almost made the sidewalks impassable. When I finally made it back in June 2013, there were only a handful of people around ... and very few street vendors. It was actually very peaceful.

I have been to several other temples around Shanghai and China. I thought overall it was average in comparison to the others. Pros were smaller size, less crowded (at least when not Chinese NY Day), full temple experience, less costly, pagoda adjacent (although cannot enter), and adjacent to Longhua Martyrs Park which is worth seeing. Cons were a little run down, obviously some buddhas at other temples are larger or made of jade, you may find drums or bells at other temples, and maybe for some, overall too small.

Thank Anthony F
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