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Chengxiang Ge Temple
Chengxiang Ge Temple, also known as Ciyun Temple, located in Shanghai Old Town, is the most famous Buddhist nunnery in Shanghai. The temple was originally built in 1600, the Wanli reign of the Ming Dynasty. It's famous for its statue of Kwan-yin, the Goddess of Mercy in China. The Kwan-yin statue was carved from chenxiang wood (sandal wood), so the temple was named. It has came through many difficulties over the hundreds of years, as the war and disaster. ... more
Huzhu Pagoda
The Huzhu Pagoda is situated on Tianma Shan the highest hill in Shanghai. During World War II, invading Japanese troops burned to ashes the largest temple on the Tianma Shan Hill and took precious Buddha statues back to Japan with them. A wonderful pagoda, however, survived. The Huzhu Pagoda out-leans the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy by more than one degree, according to a report in the People's Daily. Built in 1079, the seven-tiered, octagonal pagoda is 20 metres ... more
Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddha Temple. As with most modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure-land and Zen traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Buddha made of marble, donated from Singapore, and ... more
Jing'an Temple
Jing'an Temple (translates as "Temple of Peace and Tranquility") is a Buddhist temple on West Nanjing Road. The first temple was built in 247 AD, at the time of the Kingdom of Wu, during the Three Kingdoms period. Originally located beside Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt once in the Qing Dynasty. During the Cultural Revolution, it was converted into a plastics factory. It was ... more
Longhua Temple
The Longhua Temple (literally translates as "Lustre of the Dragon Temple") is a Buddhist Temple dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha in Longhua Town of Shanghai. Although most of the present-day buildings date from later reconstructions, the temple preserves the architectural design of a Song Dynasty monastery of the Buddhist Chan sect. It is the largest, most authentic and complete ancient temple complex in the city of Shanghai. The temple was first built in 242 AD, ... more
Nanxiang Twin Pagodas
Nanxiang Twin Pagodas is the only one of the oldest brick pagoda in the structure of Chinese pavilions. The twin pagodas located by the side of the main street in Nanxiang Town of Jiading District, were built in the Five Dynasties period (907-960). A beautiful story is about Nanxiang Temple. When a farmer was digging the land he suddenly exposed a piece of stone. And ever after it he often saw two cranes standing on it. At that time Buddhism was on vogue and ... more
Square Pagoda
It is also named Xingshengjiao pagoda, which was built sometime between 1068 and 1077 during the Northern Song Dynasty. Many changes were made during repairs in the Ming and Qing dynasties, but the main structure and style remained Northern Song Dynasty. In 1974 the staircase on the ground floor was rebuilt and the pagoda was restored to the style of the Northern Song Dynasty. Each side of the square pagoda's ground floor is six meters long. The first story has ... more
Xilin Pagoda
Xilin Pagoda standing in Songjiang District. It was originally built in the Xianchun reign (1265-1274) of the Southern Song Dynasty. There used to be a Xilin Temple with a pagoda called Chong'en, popularly known as Xilin Pagoda. Rebuilt in 1387, the Hongwu reign in the Ming Dynasty, with the name changed to Yuanying. Built of brick and wood the pagoda is an octahedron of seven stories with stone staircase built inside which is still intact. Due to a long time ... more
Zhenru Temple
The Zhenru Temple is situated in Zhenru Town at the northwestern edge of Shanghai city. The temple was built in in 1320 AD, during Yuan Dynasty. The Grand Hall in the temple complex is the oldest wood frame building preserved in Shanghai today. ... more
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