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The famous Buddhist temple, Jade Buddha Temple is in the western part of Shanghai. The temple was built between 1911 and 1918 in the style of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The temple was destroyed during the revolution overthrowing the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately, the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. It was named the Jade Buddha Temple.
Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade. The Sitting Buddha is 190 centimeters high and circled by the agate and the emerald, portraying the Buddha at the moment of his meditation and enlightenment. The Recumbent Buddha is 96 centimeters long, lying on the right side with the right hand supporting the head and the left hand placing on the left leg, this shape is called the 'lucky repose'. The peaceful face shows the peaceful mood of Sakyamuni when he left this world.
The Jade Temple is good place to visit; the peaceful atmosphere could give a kind of harmony to our busy life.
Admission Fee: CNY 30 per person
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00 (ordinary days)
5:30-17:00 (Lunar New Year's Day, the 1st and the 15th day of every lunar month)
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: Take bus 19, 206, 738 and get off at Jiangning Road Anyuan Road Station.Take bus 54, 68, 112, 206, 316, 738, 950 and get off at Jiangning Road Haifang Road Station..
By Subway: Take Subway Line 7 to Changshou Road Station. Get out from Exit 5 and then walk along Xinhui Road, turn right till Jiangning Road to look for the temple on the right side
Note: No photography of the Jade Buddha is permitted, but postcards are on sale and photography is allowed in the other rooms.