Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)
Yufo Si is a working Buddhist community - one of the few in China - but the star attractions of the Jade Buddha Temple are two figures brought to Shanghai by a Burmese monk in the 19th century.
The most impressive is the sitting Buddha, a 1.9 m (6.5 ft) giant encrusted with semi-precious stones. This Buddha is sitting in the pose which captures the moment of his enlightenment by meditation. The other Buddha is smaller and in the attitude of 'happy repose', as he goes peacefully to death. Both Buddhas are carved from white jade. Facing the reclining Buddha is a large copy in stone, brought to the monastery from Singapore.
These are the main points of a visit to the temple, but take a look at the halls while you're there, particularly the Grand Hall with its golden 'Gods of the Twenty Heavens'. There's also a restaurant that serves the public, with a simple downstairs and a swankier upstairs.
The Jade Buddha Temple is in the Western part of Shanghai. It's possible to get there by train, but it involves several changes. The simplest way is to get bus 19 from Broadway Mansions and take it to Anyuan Lu.
Tours & Tickets
See all the main sites of Shanghai, 'Paris of the Orient'. Your fully guided coach tour includes lunch as well as entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Got only half a day to explore Shanghai? Discover the 'must-see' sights such as Jade Buddha Temple, Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and Shanghai Museum on the ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Explore the history, art and symbolism of Buddhism as you visit two of Shanghai’s major Buddhist temples with an East Asian art scholar as your professional ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Get a taste of traditional Shanghai on this private guided tour. On this full-day sightseeing tour, visit Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Chenghuangmiao ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)