Exiting a modern metro station to find a temple whose history dates back to 247 AD is another example of Shanghai’s blend of the new and ancient. Jing’an was relocated here in 1216 and—after doing time as a factory during the Cultural Revolution—is once again a thriving place of worship, complete with a renovated pagoda. Entering the courtyard, you’ll be struck by the aroma of incense, gold-adorned towers bathed in sunlight, and intricate wooden carvings. Explore the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Three Sage Hall, and Mahavira Hall, with an imposing jade Buddha statue that measures 20,000-plus pounds and nine feet high. On your way out, toss a yuan into the courtyard’s massive urn for good luck.
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