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  The yellow-walled temple buildings were constructed between Yangtze River1911 and 1918. The two jade Buddhas (out of five brought back from Burma in 1882 by the priest Hui Gen) were first kept in a suburb of Shanghai. They are carved entirely from single blocks of jade and were a gift from Burma. Three halls make up the temple complex. In the Jade Buddha Hal1 is the tranquil two meter (6.5-foot) high seated statue of Sakyamuni, while downstairs in the Reclining Buddha Hal1 is the white jade image of Sakyamuni in repose. Precious statues of the Northern Wei (386--534) and Tang (618-907) dynasties are on display in the temple’s exhibition hall, along with hand-copied Tang-dynasty Buddhist scriptures and paintings. Over 70 monks hold daily Services. The temple runs a vegetarian restaurant whose menu boasts 'meat' dishes such as pickled duck, shed eel and chicken, all made of bean curd and vegetables. Crackling rice and mushroom soup is recommended. It is located at 170 An Yuan Lu.

  This museum is without doubt the finest in all of China and must rank among the great museums of the world. The modem display, with sound and even a holographic movie kiosk, opened in 1995. The artifacts of Shanghai's commercial past are revealing and nostalgic. Whi1e the city rapidly tears down its heritage, this museum is a great look back. It is located at 201 Renmin Da Dao.


  This museum is located in the former Shanghai Race Club at 325 Nanjing Xi Lu. The race track is now Renmin Gongyuan (People's Park) and the Renmin Dad Dao (People's Square). It is immediately noticeable for its trademark clock tower. The bui1ding is marked with the insignia SRC, standing for Shanghai Race Club—the main staircase is decorated with iron railings in the shape of horse's heads. In the front stairwell all the third floor there is a European war monument devoted to the people of Shanghai who died in World War I, probably the only monument of its type still remaining. The one which stood on the Waitan was destroyed. It is possible to go up on the roof for an excel1ent view of the city.

  Formerly situated at Hongqiao Lu, this museum is now located at l Shi Da Dao, Pudong within the Oriental Te1evision Tower.

  Situated in Shanghai's southwest area, the pagoda and temple were originally built between Yangtze Riverthe l0th and the 13th centuries--historical records vary as to the exact dates. The temple belongs to the Chan (Zen) sect. The present seven-storeyed pagoda is just over 40 meters (130 feet) high and dates from the early Song Dynasty, but was restored at the end of the Qing (1644--1911). The Longhua Temple nearby is a complex of five halls flanked by bell and drum towers, the sound of the evening bell of Longhua was known as one of the old traditions of Shanghai. On New Year's Eve, this bell is rung 108 times at midnight. To hear this event is considered good luck. A flower terrace, overlooked from a tea-room, is also one of the attractions of the temple, for in its peony gardens there is a 100-year-old peony said to have been planted first in a Hangzhou temple during the reign of Emperor Xianfeng and later transplanted here. Engravings on a boundary stone indicate that the stone was placed at the southwest corner of this temple during the Five Dynasties period (907-960). West of the temple is Martyrs' Cemetery, once part of the temple's peach orchard, and now replanted and expanded.

  This authentic temple was originally connected on two sides with the Ming-dynasty city wall built in 1553. As late as the mid-1930s, it was full of carved statues of various gods, including the Taoist immortals, but sadly those have now all disappeared. Today it is no longer a functioning temple, and is rarely visited by tourists, but still offers plenty to see.

  A fake replica of a smal1 piece of the city wall stands on its grounds. Ironically, directly outside this fake wall stands the only original Qing-dynasty city gate still standing, the Small North Gate (Xiao Bei Men). You can still read some of the inscriptions on it which were covered up with plaster during the Cultural Revolution. Sadly, it is used by the neighborhood people to hang their wet laundry and is in disrepair. This gate was left standing when the rest of the wall was torn down in 1911 because it was connected with what was then a functioning temple.
Inside Dajing Miao is a city wal1 museum which includes a scale model of Shanghai's old city wall complete with models of the entire Nanshi District as it looked in Qing times. There is also an exhibit of old photographs. Be sure to look upward at the roof of the original temple buildings and you wil1 find many roof ornament figurines in the shape of various historic warriors, gods and animals. It is located at 259 Da Jing Ge Lu.


  Located within the Yu Yuan Bazaar shopping complex, unlike the surrounding faux Ming-Qing Yangtze Riverstyle buildings constructed in l994, this is an authentic temple first constructed during the reign of Ming Emperor Yong Le (1403~1424). It was renovated in 1926 and again in 1994. During the Cu1tural Revolution it was a factory, but reopened as a temple after the 1994 renovations of the Yu Yuan Bazaar. This Taoist temple is dedicated to the City God Qin Yu Bo, but also serves as a place of Taoist worship.

  A functioning Buddhist nunnery housed in authentic Ming-dynasty buildings dating from the year 1600. It is near the more famous Cheng Huang Miao, but down a side alley off of the main street at 29 Chen Xiang Ge Lu. It was closed during the Cultural Revolution and reopened in 1994.

  ThYangtze Riveris is a functioning Taoist temple built in 1882. Each day you can see worshippers and monks performing authentic ceremonies including playing various musical instruments, chanting long hymns, burning incense and paper money. There is a training school for new Taoist monks. Despite its fascinating nature, this temple is se1dom visited by foreign tourists, probably due its location. Located down a long narrow alley Way which begins near the Lao Xi Men (Old West Gate) police station just off Xizang Nan Lu. Look for the decorative gate over the alley Way's entrance, read the English language sign on the wall, then follow the long alley Way to its end. Plain looking walls on the outside disguise the beautiful courtyard structure within. Look upward at the rooftop ornaments of historical figures brandishing weapons and wearing traditional clothes, as wc1l as nature scenes of sacred animals. This is also the headquarters of the Shanghai Taoist Association. It is located at 8 Xilin Hou Lu, Lane l00, Lao Ximen District.

  A Buddhist Temple located at the comer of Fuxing Lu and Ji An Lu, within walking distance from Huaihai Zhong Lu and Huangpi Nan Lu metro station. It is an impressive pre-revolutionary temple. During the Cultural Revolution it was a factory, much like Chenghuang Miao was. A community of resident monks lives here. The worshippers and monks are friendly and welcome the chance to explain their faith to visitors. They belong to the Pure Land Sect which worships Amitabha Pusa or Om-i-to-fu. This sect has an almost Christian belief in an after-death rebirth in a Western Land or Pure Land similar to heaven.

  First established in 1917, and renovated in 1925, today this is a functioning mosque which also serves as the headquarters of the Shanghai Islamic Association. It is situated at 52 Xiao Tao Yuan Lu in the Nanshi District.

  South of the Longhua Pagoda at 1l l Long Wu Lu, the gardens' greenhouses, bamboo groves and flower gardens cover some 67 hectares (165 acres) of land. Among the gardens' miniature penjing trees is a pomegranate over 240 years old.

  This traditional Chinese garden is full of wooden pavilions, lakes, trees, flowers, and a tea house. It was built in 1931 by a famous Shanghai gangster, Huang Jin Rong, who dreamt of living the life of a Confucian mandarin. While sitting within its walls you can forget that you are in a city. It is located on the corner of Gui Lin Lu and Cao Bao Lu.


  Across 70 hectares, the zoo houses over 600 species of animals including giant pandas from Sichuan, golden-haired monkey which once frequented the Yangtze gorges and rare Yangtze River alligators. It is situated at 2381 Hong Qiao Lu, near the airport.


  This park is populated with lions, tigers and bears. Visitors have been confined to tour buses after a man was killed by a lion several years ago. It is located in Pudong.


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