- Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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As Shanghai's oldest and largest religious complex, Longhua Temple is a natural tourist attraction, drawing droves of travelers. The temple was built in the 10th century and is named after the pipal tree where Buddha is said to have reached enlightenment. It's staggering seven-story pagoda is easy to spot, though much more lies within. Take time to explore the five main halls each filled to the brim with ornate sculptures, including numerous buddhas. Also take time to marvel at the more than 14,000-pound bell located in the bell and drum tower near the entrance. And if you're visiting Shanghai in the spring, expect hordes of peach blossoms to make appearances in your photographs. Unfortunately, the most photogenic point of the property, the pagoda, is not open for exploration.
Recent visitors found the Longhua Temple peaceful and enjoyed being able to witness locals in worship. Many also strongly recommended visiting during the week, as the weekends bring in the most tourists and can become quite crowded. Travelers who reported visiting at peak days of the week and popular times of the year reported admission prices surging, especially during Chinese New Year.
The Longhua Temple is located south of downtown and is accessible via the Longhua metro station. Admission is reportedly 10 yuan (about $1.50); visitors are welcome every day between 7 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information, consult the Shanghai tourism board's website.
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