Jing'an Temple, Shanghai
Come in the early evening when the sun has set and the temple and area around it is truly electric. The temple when lit up is quite a sight and it's worth looking around the area at the other buildings new and old. The architecture is really interesting from the old Paramount Theatre to the new Wheel Lock Plaza.
Note the temple is most likely closed itself, but there's plenty to see in the area around the temple.
The JingAn Temple was originally built in 247 A.D., but it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. It was last torn down during the Cultural Revolution, and then rebuilt about 1980. It is a functioning Buddhist temple, and it was full of worshipers while we were there.
It is open from 7:30 to 5. You can take a tour for 30 yuan, but we just wandered around quietly and nobody seemed to care.
Thought i was lucky finding this free park, as i was waiting for Shirley, who was getting her finger nails done at the mall. Some of the locals in groups playing marjong, or getting some air on a nice day.
Visit Jing'an Temple in Jing'an district.
Jing'an temple is a sample of Han Buddhism.
The temple features a collection of Buddha sculptures from various dynasties, some calligraphy and paintings.
Opening hours are most likely between 8.30 and 16.00.
Admission fee, something between 10 and 20 RMB, I think.
Opposite is Jing'an Park.
Although this temple is said to date back to the Song dynasty, (having been relocated here from Suzhou Creek in 1216), the current temple complex looks very new and was being renovated when I visited in May 2008. In fact it looked like a building site with a new hall being built with a flight of concrete steps leading up to it. It's not a great temple to visit, so if your time is limited, I shouldn't bother coming.
This is a very easy temple to visit if you use the subway but it was a disappointment. It was quite small and the main Buddha was behind closed doors as were many of the other statues in the complex.
One interesting aspect of the temple is that it is surrounded by some very tall and modern buildings. The juxtoposition of old and new it seems is everywhere in Shanghai.
Only go to this temple if you are bored and have seen all the other sights.
First built during the Southern Song Dynasty in the early 1200s, Jing'an Temple (previously called Bubbling Well Temple) has been rebuilt and renovated several times, most recently in 2002. It is now marooned along commercial Nanjing Xi Lu, surrounded by upscale shopping malls, high-end office buildings and luxury apartments. The Buddhist temple complex contains the 3.3 metre Peace Bell and a 2.2 metre cow-skin drum. Open daily from 0730 to 1700.