The Jingan Temple (aka the Golden Temple) in Shanghai is a pretty impressive structure, and with it’s excessive golden detailing it’s hard to miss. Although clearly heavily restored in places, the temple is an attractive display of traditional Chinese temple architecture. I particularly loved the ornate animals decorating the roofs – everything from dragons to elephants!

Tourists are welcome to wander around the courtyards, balconies and some rooms of the temple itself, although it is considered disrespectful to enter or take pictures of prayer rooms where the faithful still come to pay their respects.

The easiest way to get to the temple is to get off the metro at the stop bearing it’s name, immediately out of the metro station you’ll see the golden roofs. There’s also a lovely garden called the Jingan Temple Garden nearby, which makes for a more peaceful afternoon stroll.


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