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Jing'an Temple

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Address: No.1686 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, China
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+86 21 6256 6366
07:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Archangel Michael's Temple in Shanghai

I was caught by surprise during my first visit when I saw Arch Angel Michael's statue disguised in his Chinese armour outfit. His name in China is Wai Tua 韋駄 Bodhisattva... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
rebecca w
Hong Kong, China
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Cottage City, MD
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are looking to visit a temple in Shanghai I would recommend the Jade Buddha temple. However, this temple is just steps away from the line 2 metro. it is 50rmb to enter the temple and has several buildings to explore. There is a large set of stairs to reach the top of the temple. I quite enjoyed the... More 

Thank ekparr9
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was caught by surprise during my first visit when I saw Arch Angel Michael's statue disguised in his Chinese armour outfit. His name in China is Wai Tua 韋駄 Bodhisattva གདོང་དྲུག་. Often seen by Buddhists as the Dharma protector, sitting on the right hand side of the Buddha. I see him as the twin flame of Avaloketeshvara/ Kwan Yin... More 

Thank rebecca w
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must visit place when you're in Shanghai, the temple visit takes you to an era where you'd enjoy the old buildings/statutes.

Thank Mahesh P
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on a holy day so this added to our experience and the crowds. Asthmatics beware of the incense. there were people trying to sell you things so just smile and walk past. The history was just so interesting to us.

Thank Jjeurotrip
Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a small temple and not cheap to get in either, but you do get a nice view from the top of the temple steps and it is one of the nicer ones we visited. So if you're in the area it's certainly worth looking in.

Thank Hannikins
Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's definitely a visit worth. It's not a huge temple but it takes the hustle out of busy Shanghai. Entrance is free which attracts many people. I recommend to visit during the morning.

Thank Radi R
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was so nice to see some thing of the culture of Shanghai and of the Buddhist Temple , it was great to be able to walk round freely, and take pictures , talk with the people,

Thank Sherry B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing spectacularly about it. Caters more to tourists than locals. Not worth the entrance, IMHO. Visited once.

Thank assiniboine
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jing'an Temple is really easily accessible by metro and worth a visit. It's a little on the pricy side, but the statues are lovely and the architecture is fantastic. I went on a weekday during the day and it was not very crowded.

Thank llkoolkay
Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an active temple, old origin but rebuild 45 years ago after a fire. Nice contrast with modern buildings surrounding this temple. The visit will take 30-45 minutes if you take your time.

Thank Jaja000

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The heart of this neighborhood is the Jing'an Temple, while the main artery of excitement and entertainment is West Nanjing Road. Close to the Former French Concession, the area has a similar draw for foreign residents but displays a more commercial character. Large, flashy malls, luxe residential high-rises and trendy nightlife areas can be found along West Nanjing Road, but areas off the busy street have the same quiet cafes and independent boutiques that many people think of as distinctive of the Former French Concession. Jing'an is less encased in amber, though, and it's possible to immerse yourself more fully in the energy of China's most bustling metropolis here.
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