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Longhua Temple, {CATEGORY}

Shanghai's largest and most active temple is one of its most fascinating, featuring the city's premier pagoda, Longhua Ta. Local lore has it that the pagoda was originally built around A.D. 247 by Sun Quan, the king of the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period, but today's seven-story, eight-sided, wood-and-brick pagoda, like the temple, dates to the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279). For a long time the tallest structure in Shanghai, today it's pretty (tiny bells hang from the eaves) and just a little delicate, and can only be admired from a distance. The extensive temple grounds, on the north side of the newly created pedestrian street, are often crowded with incense-bearing supplicants. There are four main halls (only a century old), the most impressive being the third, Daxiong Bao Dian (Grand Hall) where a gilded statue of Sakyamuni sits under a beautifully carved dome, flanked on each side by 18 arhats (disciples). Behind, Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, presides over a fascinating tableau representing the process of reincarnation: a boat in the bottom right corner indicates birth, while death awaits at the bottom left corner. The fourth hall, Sanshen Bao Dian, features three incarnations of the Buddha. Behind the third and fourth halls is a basic but popular vegetarian restaurant (11am-2pm). Longhua is also famous for its midnight bell-ringing every New Year's Eve (Dec 31-Jan 1), which takes place in the three-storied Zhong Lou (Bell Tower) near the entrance. The tower's 3,000-kilogram (3.3-ton) bronze bell, cast in 1894, is struck 108 times to dispel all the worries said to be afflicting mankind. For a fee of ¥50 ($7.15/£3.60), you, too, can strike the bell, but for three times only.

Practical Information

Address: Xuhui

City: Shanghai

Country: China

Phone 1: 021 6456-6085

Opening hours: Daily 7am-5pm

Entrance fee: Admission ¥10 ($1.45/73p)

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Longhua Temple, {CATEGORY}

Shanghai's largest and most active temple is one of its most fascinating, featuring the city's premier pagoda, Longhua Ta. Local lore has it that the pagoda was originally built around A.D. 247 by Sun Quan, the king of the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period, but today's seven-story, eight-sided, wood-and-brick pagoda, like the temple, dates to the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279). For a long time the tallest structure in Shanghai, today it's pretty (tiny bells hang from the eaves) and just a little delicate, and can only be admired from a distance. The extensive temple grounds, on the north side of the newly created pedestrian street, are often crowded with incense-bearing supplicants. There are four main halls (only a century old), the most impressive being the third, Daxiong Bao Dian (Grand Hall) where a gilded statue of Sakyamuni sits under a beautifully carved dome, flanked on each side by 18 arhats (disciples). Behind, Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, presides over a fascinating tableau representing the process of reincarnation: a boat in the bottom right corner indicates birth, while death awaits at the bottom left corner. The fourth hall, Sanshen Bao Dian, features three incarnations of the Buddha. Behind the third and fourth halls is a basic but popular vegetarian restaurant (11am-2pm). Longhua is also famous for its midnight bell-ringing every New Year's Eve (Dec 31-Jan 1), which takes place in the three-storied Zhong Lou (Bell Tower) near the entrance. The tower's 3,000-kilogram (3.3-ton) bronze bell, cast in 1894, is struck 108 times to dispel all the worries said to be afflicting mankind. For a fee of ¥50 ($7.15/£3.60), you, too, can strike the bell, but for three times only.

Longhua Temple, {CATEGORY}

Shanghai's largest and most active temple is one of its most fascinating, featuring the city's premier pagoda, Longhua Ta. Local lore has it that the pagoda was originally built around A.D. 247 by Sun Quan, the king of the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period, but today's seven-story, eight-sided, wood-and-brick pagoda, like the temple, dates to the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279). For a long time the tallest structure in Shanghai, today it's pretty (tiny bells hang from the eaves) and just a little delicate, and can only be admired from a distance. The extensive temple grounds, on the north side of the newly created pedestrian street, are often crowded with incense-bearing supplicants. There are four main halls (only a century old), the most impressive being the third, Daxiong Bao Dian (Grand Hall) where a gilded statue of Sakyamuni sits under a beautifully carved dome, flanked on each side by 18 arhats (disciples). Behind, Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, presides over a fascinating tableau representing the process of reincarnation: a boat in the bottom right corner indicates birth, while death awaits at the bottom left corner. The fourth hall, Sanshen Bao Dian, features three incarnations of the Buddha. Behind the third and fourth halls is a basic but popular vegetarian restaurant (11am-2pm). Longhua is also famous for its midnight bell-ringing every New Year's Eve (Dec 31-Jan 1), which takes place in the three-storied Zhong Lou (Bell Tower) near the entrance. The tower's 3,000-kilogram (3.3-ton) bronze bell, cast in 1894, is struck 108 times to dispel all the worries said to be afflicting mankind. For a fee of ¥50 ($7.15/£3.60), you, too, can strike the bell, but for three times only.

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