Before leaving for Shanghai, a family friend highly recommended the Jade Buddha Temple. He described the jade Buddha as one of the most beautiful statute he has ever seen in his life. I was very excited to see and admire this amazing religious artifact myself.
On Saturday morning I headed straight for Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai’s most venerated and famous Buddhist temple. The smell and smoke of burning incenses permeated the sacred ground. Worshipers and tourists mingled about in the temple. You have to pay an additional 10RMB to see the famous jade Buddha statue in a separate building. Unfortunately, the statute was placed a bit far away from the viewing platform, however even from the distance, the jade Buddha gleamed with beauty.
In the afternoon, I headed to Han City on West Nanjing Road, as my friends were eager to purchase more fake luxury goods and cheap souvenirs. Later in the evening, we went to Cloud 9, a famous bar in the Grand Hyatt in the Jin Mao Tower for some pricey but delicious cocktails.
On Sunday I followed my friend who’s Catholic to St. Ignatius Cathedral for an afternoon English mass. The mass was quite interesting, yet it reminded me of Chapel service back in high school.
After a very satisfying lunch at Ippudo ramen in Metro City (close to the cathedral), my friends and I went to Longhua Temple and Pagoda, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Shanghai. The temple was a lot less touristy compare to the Jade Buddha Temple. The temple ground was much more tranquil and had an old Chinese feel to it which I really like.
We hoped back on the metro for Xin Tian Di, a very funky urban attraction with lots of European styled eateries and bars. There are cute Christmas stalls that lined the street of Xin Tian Di Style (mall). We stopped by Simple Café for coffee and croissants before heading home for dinner.
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