Jade Buddha Temple Travel Guide
Jade Buddha Temple is one of the most active Buddhist Temples in Shanghai.
Built in 1911, this saffron walled complex is the seat of the Shanghai Buddhist Association. Named for its two bejeweled white jade Buddha, one is 1000kg, 1.9 meter-high figure carved from Burmese jade brought to China in 1882, and a smaller reclining Buddha, the temple receives thousands of visitors and worshipers daily.
The temple was destroyed during the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Fortunately the jade Buddha statues were saved and a new temple was built on the present site in 1928. The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. And the Buddha´s birthday are the most popular time to visit the temple for the faithful, it is possible to witness ceremonies at other times as well as Chinese New Year.
The Jade Buddha Temple is a good place to visit whether you are a Buddhist or not, the peaceful and transcendent atmosphere will rich our busy modern lives.
The two precious jade Buddhist statues are not only rare cultural relics but also porcelain artworks. Both the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha are carved with whole white jade.
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".
Can be reached by buses No. 19, 14, 36, 54, 63, 68, 76, 105, 106, 112, 113, 138, 206, 223, 506, 516, 550, 563, 738, 768, 830, 837, 866 and 922.
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour