Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jing'An Temple

We recently visited the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai. Jìng'ān Si is translated to Temple of peace and tranquility. It seems odd to have a peaceful/tranquil temple like this in the middle of such a huge and busy city like Shanghai, but it was quiet and peaceful once you got inside. This Buddhist temple was originally built in 247 AD along the Suzhou Creek. In 1216, during the Song Dynasty, it was moved to its current location. During the Cultural Revolution the temple was used as a plastics factory. In 1983 Jing'an Temple was  returned to original purpose. Renovations on the temple were competed in 2010.

It was interesting to see people praying in this beautiful temple with skyscrapers and ads for Tiffany & Co. on the buildings next door.

Here are some pictures from our day.
People were trying to throw coins into the little pagoda on the left. It seemed kind of dangerous to me since no one had very good aim.
We stopped to listen to these guys chant for a while. Baby O really enjoyed it.
This is a large piece of jade that you are supposed to touch for good luck.
 After the temple we stopped at the Shanghai Brewery for some lunch. J enjoyed a porter (he hadn't had a porter, in China, since we moved.)


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