Exploring Shanghai's Eclectic Past

China, Shanghai Guide (B): Exploring Shanghai's Eclectic Past

There’s much to explore, discover, and do in Shanghai. And the lights can totally change the appearance of a monument or building, making it worth it, to stay back till daylight fades away. There’s no real order of seeing these places, unless you’re walking or cycling. I’d suggest the metro to those who are crazy (like us) to test their levels of stamina. If you are short on time, it might me a good idea to opt for the Big Bus. It will save you the trouble of walking and changing multiple metro lines.

Jing’an Temple’s location couldn’t be more contradictory. Cocooned between towering skyscrapers and billboards, the temple seems to have arrested time within the confines of its secluded walls. Blink and you might miss the main door that leads to the temple. Inside, you are transformed into a world filled with smoky incense and fervent devotees. Tourists seemed few and were as curious as we were. Should we light an incense stick or should we test our luck by throwing a coin in the tower? Instead, we stood and observed. Stairs lead you to the first floor where a main hall enshrines a statue of Buddha. The detailing on the wooden panels is admirable. The back exit leads you to a maze of staircases – which in turn lead to the monk quarters. The statue of smiling Buddha, giant gong, and other enclosures are enshrined on the same floor. The lower floor holds the hall of the Jade Buddha among other smaller rooms. There’s something in the solitude of a quiet hall. It can kill the noise outside and if you’re focussed – on the inside as well . ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Exploring Shanghai's Eclectic Past
Guide Location: China » Shanghai
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Jing’an Temple   Yuyuan Garden   Temple of the Town God   First National Congress of the Communist Party of China   Tianzifang  
Author: Cheryl Dsouza
Read it on author's website: https://twobrownfeet.com/2015/06/05/exploring-shanghais-eclectic-past/

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