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  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration:  3 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 guide. Delve into one of China’s main religions and gain an in-depth understanding of Buddhism in China over the last 2,000 years.


  • Semi-private guided walking tour by an experienced scholar on Buddhism in China
  • Learn about the history of Buddhism in China and the significance of visual imagery in the religion as you sip a cup of tea
  • See the various Buddhist deities, including the Goddess of Mercy, at Jing'an Temple
  • Visit the Jade Buddha temple and see the amazing Buddha sculpture
  • East Asian art scholar and local gallery owner ensures an educational and in-depth experience

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What You Can Expect

Scholar-Led Shanghai Walking Tour: Buddhism in China

Jade Buddha Temple

Begin with a discussion on the basic beliefs of Buddhism and its spread from India to China around 2,000 years ago over a cup of soothing hot tea. Learn about Buddhism’s fundamental concepts such as karma, enlightenment and the significance of deities like Bodhisattvas in temples.

Then, visit Jing’an Temple, where you’ll see many pavilions, statues of Buddha and other deities. Inside, see the 12-foot (4-meter) Jade Buddha, the largest sitting jade Buddha in China. Your guide will share details about Buddha’s life and influence on Chinese Buddhism.

Next, you’ll travel by taxi (10 minutes) to the Jade Buddha Temple, one of Shanghai’s most active Buddhist temples. Here, you’ll see the impressive 7-feet (2-meter) white jade Buddha brought from Burma in the 19th century by a monk. Your guide will explain the significance of the images of Buddha and how they fit into Buddhist practice and belief as you walk through the temple.

After your walking tour, you’ll have a deeper understanding of Chinese Buddhism and its influence on contemporary China.

Customer Reviews



5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

I liked this tour a lot. Our guide knew a lot about Buddhism and he taught me many new things. It was a very good tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

This was a fantastic tour! We got lucky and the tour ended up just being my father and I. Our guide was wonderful - when we first met him, we did a quick little introduction to who he is and to Buddhism. Then we headed to Jing'an Temple and afterwards, the Jade Buddha Temple. Stephen, our guide, was friendly, and very knowledgeable about religion. My father knows some about Buddhism, and he was very impressed with what Stephen taught us. I even used my new knowledge to teach some of our friends about Buddhism later that week. Thank you Stephen, we had a great time!
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