Shanghai's Three Temples
Shanghai has only three remaining large Buddhist temples, though unfortunately they have been rebuilt over the years, often using concrete and steel. As a result, they capture more of the spirit of the original than the actual substance.
First the Jade Temple, with famous Buddhas of Jade (which you can't take pictures of).
This is the reclining Buddha - a very beautiful room and scultpure
Lots of banners in front of the main hall
Chinese Screen, with lots of detail
Tradition dictates you buy and light incense at the communal fire
You then pray four times - once in each direction (North,
South, East, West)
I waited a long time to capture this old woman on film, as she seemed to carry the Chinese spirit this day
And an older man coming out of the temple itself
Very interesting & pretty bird near entrance
Next is Jing An temple, in the middle of the nicest shopping and business district. My hotel was across the street.
Inside the courtyard - note this is all concrete construction
and contrasts sharply with the movie and shopping billboards on the mall behind
Next is Long Hua Temple, in Southern Shanghai - here is its pagoda
And ribbon tree - the purpose is unclear, but I think you buy ribbons to hang, providing financial support for the temple
Main Buddha Hall
Lighting incense for prayer
Very gold Buddhas
First time I've seen Buddhas look like angels, almost with wings
Many Buddhas (or warriors, I forget) - sorry for the poor lighting
Room of the many Buddhas