Natural Beauty in the Center of Town

On October 31, 2011, in Beijing, Nature Scenery, Temples, by Jack Li

If you like to walk through parks and see nature at its best. Then on your next Beijing Tour plan on visiting Jingshan Park. It was once a royal garden now it’s a stunning landscape garden. When you travel to Beijing plan on seeing the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park in the same day since […]

If you like to walk through parks and see nature at its best. Then on your next Beijing Tour plan on visiting Jingshan Park. It was once a royal garden now it’s a stunning landscape garden. When you travel to Beijing plan on seeing the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park in the same day since they are right by each other.

Jingshan Park is located in the center of Beijing on the south-north axis. It is right behind the Forbidden City. So your day can start by visiting the Forbidden City then you can leave the city through the north gate go across the street and walk around Jingshan Park. On a clear day the visitor will be able to see a clear view of the Forbidden City. Jingshan Hill is the highest point in Beijing. From here you can see the Bell and Drum Towers, Beihai Park and the White Dagoba Temple.

Jingshan Park can date back to the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (1271-1911). Jingshan hill served as an imperial garden. There were fruit trees planted in the Ming dynasty. Pavilions were built around the park so that the emperor could make sacrifices to his ancestors. The royal family would also enjoy hunting around the park.

Jingshan Park was open to the public in 1928 and in 1949 the park was rebuilt. The paths were paved and the buildings were renovated. The park covers 57 acres. While you are visiting make sure you see -first Qinwang Pavilion, second five summits, third hall of Imperial Longevity and forth Yongsi Hall or Missing Hall.

Qinwang Pavilion has two stories and is surrounded by white marble. The emperors would worship the tables of Confucius here. The second thing to see is the Five Summits they are located around Jingshan hill at each summit is a pavilion. These pavilions used to have a copper Buddha stature that represented the five tastes which were sour, bitter, sweet, acrid and salt. In 1900 all of the Buddha’s statues were lost during the warfare.

Thirdly you need to see the Hall of Imperial Longevity-the emperors paid their respects to the ancestors here. Some emperors had their portraits placed in there so that they could be worshiped. Lastly you need to see the Yongsi Hall or Missing Hall this is placed were the past emperors and queens bodies where placed after they past away.

If you are looking for something to do that is close to your Beijing hotel then Jingshan is right for you. Since it is in the Center of town it will only be a subway ride away. It is a great place to spend your day. It is opened from six A.M. to nine P.M. During the colder months remember to wear warm clothes.

Beijing Purple Bamboo Garden

On October 28, 2011, in Beijing, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

If you want to travel to Beijing but you are on a budget then you need no fear. You can visit the Beijing Purple Bamboo Garden for free. The Purple Bamboo Garden is in a nice location since you can get there by a bus. So when you are planning your China tour and you […]

If you want to travel to Beijing but you are on a budget then you need no fear. You can visit the Beijing Purple Bamboo Garden for free. The Purple Bamboo Garden is in a nice location since you can get there by a bus. So when you are planning your China tour and you want to do something for free plan on seeing Beijing Purple Bamboo Garden.

The Garden is located in the Haidian District, west of the Capital gymnasium. In the ancient times it was a wetland, and in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) a river Called Tonghui ran though this land. In the Ming Dynasty the people built a temple and called it Zizhuyuan or the Purple Bamboo Garden. The public was able to see it after they fixed it up in 1949.

It covers 117 acres. While you are walking around the Garden you will be able to see three lakes and two small islands. The lotus blossom adds to the lakes beauty. If you want to walk around the island you can cross the arch bridge. The garden has many pavilions, man mad hills a river, bridges and a lotus pond. Each one of these attractions helps create a beautiful scenic spot. There is also a hexagonal pavilion with bamboos surrounding it, while you are walking around you will feel like you are in a fairly tail.

In the west side of the garden there are fishing holes so when you are walking around you might be able to see people fishing. The South side of the garden you will be able to see a hill house and a Children’s Eden. In this part of the garden you will be able to see a blue lotus Islet and a Moon Islet. If the night is clear the best place to look at the moon is at the waterside pavilion. You can look out and see the moon island and the moon.

People say the most beautiful spot in the garden is Bayixuan Pavilion. It is .62 acres. A lotus pond can be found in front and ten thousand green bamboos behind. The Pavilion by it self is an amazing but when you had the surrounding to it becomes the most beautiful place. If you enjoy paintings then you will enjoy Zhuyunshi Garden. Around this area you will find engraved paintings and poems telling about the rain, wind, snow and frost. The pictures show bamboo scenes and how they change with the seasons.

If you visit during the summer months then you will be able to boat around Lotus Ferry. There are water lilies that grow here and lush lotuses. Here in the garden you will be able to spot 50 types of Bamboos some of these types are purple, fishpole, mottled bamboos. The whole garden is decorated with bamboos. You can find bamboos on the floor, on the pavilions, on tables, chairs and the bridge. If you have the desire to understand about the Chinese bamboo culture then the garden is for you.

So when you are hanging out at your Beijing hotel and you realize that you have less money then you thought and you still want to sightsee then the Purple Bamboo Garden is for you. It is a good way to spend your day. If you enjoy the Chinese cultural then the Purple Bamboo Garden is for you.

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The Ancient Warriors -Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse

On October 27, 2011, in Must-sees, Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an, by Jack Li

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse is one of the three attractions you should see on your China tour. The other two attractions you should see are Pandas and the Great Wall of China. When you travel to Xian make sure that you plan on visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors for four hours, since there […]

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse is one of the three attractions you should see on your China tour. The other two attractions you should see are Pandas and the Great Wall of China. When you travel to Xian make sure that you plan on visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors for four hours, since there is a lot to see. There are three pits, a Museum and a shopping street.

The Terra Cotta Warriors where found by peasants who were digging a well in 1973. When they were digging they started to find pieces of pottery. These pieces looked like body parts. So they call in the Archeologists to come see what they found. Many archeologists came, but they didn’t imagine on finding thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors.

The archeologists dated the Terra Cotta Warriors back to the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin built himself a mausoleum so his body had a place to rest when he died. It is also said that Emperor Qin had each one of this warriors go to an artist to get a clay life size model made after them. So if you look closely each one is different. He also had treasures and sacrificial objects buried so that he could have them in the after life.

There are three sections of the Terra Cotta Warriors. No. 1 is the largest it has columns of soldiers in front and war chariots at the back. No 2 was founded in 1976, there are thousands of warriors and 90 Chariots of wood. No 3 is the command center of the armed forces it has 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses. Seven thousand pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, weapons have been unearthed. Most of them have been restored to look like they did in the Qin dynasty.

In the museum you will find two Bronze Chariots and Horses. They were unearthed in December 1980. Both needed extensive restorations that took two and half years. They are half the size scale-model of the real chariots and horses, but they still have so much detail. No 1 Chariot is a two wheel vehicle and is drawn by a team of four horses. A driver is sitting in the driver seat. He is looking ahead, he is lucky to be able to have an umbrella. No 2 Chariot is the lead chariot and larger then no. 1. The horses have gold and silver gears. The chariot has three windows one in front and two on each side and door opens from the back. The purpose of the Bronze Chariots and Horses was to serve as a vehicle for the emperors inspections tours in his after life.

The Terra Cotta Warriors will not be close to your Xian hotel. To travel there you first need to go to the Xian Railway Station and take tourism bus no. 5 from the east square. Or you can take the public bus. If you take the public bus, make sure you go to the south gate of Tang Paradise and get off at Bing Ma Young (Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses) station. Make sure you plan for an hour drive both ways. Seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors is worth your time.

Make the ‘Great Wall’ your Goal

On October 26, 2011, in Cool Places, Great Wall, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

There are three things that you need to see while you’re on your China tour the first is a Panda, the second ‘The Great Wall’ and the third is the Terracotta Warriors (I will write about the warriors in another blog).  Hiking the Great Wall might not be easy but it will be worth the […]

There are three things that you need to see while you’re on your China tour the first is a Panda, the second ‘The Great Wall’ and the third is the Terracotta Warriors (I will write about the warriors in another blog).  Hiking the Great Wall might not be easy but it will be worth the time during your China travels. Many people visit China and many people miss the opportunity to climb the ‘Great Wall of China’. Don’t be one of those people.

Short History-

Throughout the Spring and Autumn period, there was seven states that fought with one another. To protect themselves they started to build walls and put troop around these wall watch for invaders. In 221 BC a man by the name of Qin defeated the other six states, and set up the first kingdom in China. While he was emperor he had the wall connected to protect against Huns. In the Ming Dynasty the emperors had the walls enlarged and fortresses and watch towers built, to stop minority tribes from invading. Even though the Qing Dynasty started off fixing the wall by the middle of the dynasty all engineering work stopped.  Today the all the parts that the visitor can visit where mended to ensure the safety of the sightseers.

The Great Wall is a hike since it crosses the tops of the mountains. There are two ways to get up to the top the first you can hike to the top and the second you can take a cable car. If you so choose to hike up to the ‘Great Wall’ make sure you are ready to walk up 1,000s of stairs. Even though there are 1,000s of stairs it won’t take long for you to hike them. The cable car does cost 60RMBs to ride.

When you get to the top you will see an unbelievable view of the Great Wall. You will be able to see the Great Wall for miles surrounded by trees. During the summer months the trees will be green. In October the colors of the trees will start to change to yellows, reds and orange making it look enchanted.

The length of the Great Wall is 5,500 miles. It took 2000 years to build starting in the Warring State period to the Ming Dynasty (476 BC-1644). There are six sections you can visit some of these sections might be easier to hike then others. Some sections of the wall have only stairs and these stairs do not match up. Some are bigger, some are tall, some are long and some are short and small. So it is hard to get a pattern down when you are walking up them. So these Stairs go either straight up or straight down. Other sections have smooth walking paths and some stairs, these sections are easier to hike.

If you want to go to the Great Wall you can book your tour through chinaTravelDepot.com. The price includes a private car that will pick you up in front of your Beijing hotel, entrance fees and a local travel guide. Just remember that you need to make it your goal to visit the Great Wall of China.

Don’t Forget about Guangzhou

On October 25, 2011, in Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel […]

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel there. During this time you will in counter pleasant rain, sunlight and flowers that bloom all year long.

If you need ideas on ways to travel to Guangzhou, you can take a flight or train. There is one airport called Baiyun International. There are also three railroad stations: Guangzhou Railway, East Guangzhou, or North Guangzhou Railway Station. If you go by train you can choose to get a seat or a sleeper bed. If you travel at night it is a good idea to get a sleeper.

Another name for Guangzhou is Canton. It is the third largest city in China. Guangzhou is located in the south-central Guangdong Province its sits north of Pear River and is close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Macau.  Just Remember if you want to visit Hong Kong make sure you have a multiple entry visa or you will not get back into China. The legend-During the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC-254 BC) the Cantonese people suffered from famine for many years. One day five immortals took pity on the city and came in riding goats. Each goat ears where made out of rice and each one was a different color. The immortals blessed the area, they blessed the weather they also blessed the crops. Days after the immortals visited the Cantonese people the famine ended. The Cantonese people wanted to show their appreciation so they built the immortals a temple and called it the “Five Immortals Temple”.

If you like historic sights then you will like Guangzhou. Some of sights you can visit are ‘Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum’ and ‘Bright Filial Piety Temple’. These sites will tell you about the ancient history of Guangzhou. If you like scenery then you will like Yuexiu Park and Shanmian Island, plus you will be able to see exotic mansions. And it you like to go to museums then you need to make sure you go to “Guangzhou Museum of Art”, the museum is the top art museums in China.   

For all the people who love to shop, there are a massive number of retail stores and shopping malls. The shopper can find top-notch products from all over the world in Guangzhou International Building, but the true shopper’s paradise is the Beijing Road Business Street. If you like food then you will love Guangzhou, since it has the best food. You can find the best Cantonese cuisine there.  Don’t forget about the pastries.

So make sure when you plan your China travel that you don’t forget about Guangzhou. The number one reason why you should not forget about Guangzhou is that it is warm all year long. While you are visiting Guangzhou you can go sight seeing and shopping. Also remember that Guangzhou has the best food.

The Beautiful Scenery of Yangshuo

On October 24, 2011, in Must-sees, Nature Scenery, Shopping, by Jack Li

If you like fresh air and beautiful scenery then make sure on your next China travels you visit Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yangshuo is located in southern part of China in the Guangxi province. The nice part of Yangshuo is that most of the sightseeing […]

If you like fresh air and beautiful scenery then make sure on your next China travels you visit Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yangshuo is located in southern part of China in the Guangxi province. The nice part of Yangshuo is that most of the sightseeing attractions will be in walking or biking distance from your China hotel.

On of the best ways to send your day in Yangshuo is by biking and climbing through one of the many Mud Caves. In these caves you will be able to climb through the mountain to where the mud is and then if you so choose you can take a mud bath. A fun fact about mud is that you can float. When you are finished playing in the mud you can hike a little more to a stream that is also in the  mountain and wash off. If you are worried that you will get lost in the mountain, then don’t since there will be a tour guild with you the whole way.

If you go to the Moon Water Cave, you can play in a swimming pool after you hike out of the mountain. This is a great idea since you will probably have mud on you. The best time to go is in the summer months, where the weather is nice and hot so you will want to  get wet and dirty.                                                                              

Another fun way to send your day is going on a boat ride on the Li River. The boat ride will cost you 80RMBs. On the boat ride you will be able to see locals fishing for food. You will also see water oxen playing in the water. And the best part is the unbelievable scenery. The scenery is breath taking. On the Li River you will also see thousand of hills that surround Yangshuo and Li River. These hills have their own poses and expressions. Some of these hills look like people or things. One is named School Hill or Shutong Hill if you get close enough you will be able to make out a boy. 

If you want to go shopping or to get something to eat then you need to visit West Street aka Global Village. Foreigners come from all over the world to manage cafes and restaurants so there are plenty of food choices to choose from. The street is also good place to buy souvenirs. Some of the souvenirs you can buy are: Green Jade, a gain of rice with your name written on it plus your name in Chinese, pearls, purple Jade eternality balls, Chinese dresses, purses, wallets, silk and shirts plus much more. Just remember never buy anything without haggling for it.

Yangshuo is a beautiful place to visit. The best way to get here is by going on a China flight. When you visit you will see for your self that it is a gorgeous place. It is a great place to go if you want some flesh air. So when you plan your trip make sure you have time to visit Yangshuo.

Can’t Leave China Without Seeing a Panda

On October 21, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shanghai, by Jack Li

When you plan your China tour make sure you plan on seeing a Panda, because it would be a sin to go all the way to China and not see a panda. A fun place to go see Pandas is the ‘Wild Animal Park’, in Shanghai. Here you will also be able to see 200 […]

When you plan your China tour make sure you plan on seeing a Panda, because it would be a sin to go all the way to China and not see a panda. A fun place to go see Pandas is the ‘Wild Animal Park’, in Shanghai. Here you will also be able to see 200 different animals from all over the world.  Seeing the wild animals will make your Shanghai tour.

The ‘Wild Animal Park’ is China national 1st grade zoo. It coves over 300 acres, don’t worry you don’t have to walk all of those acres. Part of the zoo is a bus tour. There are 200 different animals from all over the world including rare animals. There are five main animal sections which include the animal performing Hall, area for wild beasts, herbivores, penned animals and other animals.

If you love to watch performers then you are going to love watching these animal actors. Elephants, dogs, sheep, bears, tigers, lions, monkeys and parrots all have superior acting skills and they all work well with each other. If you get a chance make sure you go see one of their shows they will surprise you on how good they really are. Another part of the performing hall is the dog racing course, not only do dogs use this course but other animals do to. So you better time your time just right so you can see camels, or ostriches, compete on this course.

The best part of the zoo is the tour bus. It will be an unforgettable experience. You will be able to get close to the animals and see how wild animals act when they are in the wild. The zoo feeds the tigers and lions live animals so that they will keep their survival instincts. So keep your eyes open since you might be able to see these animals catch, kill and eat their prey.  One of the benefits on going on the bus tour is that you are able to feed and take pictures of the animals, such as bears who will come up to the bus and beg for food and you will  be able to feed giraffes leaves.

When you go to the Wild Animal Park, make sure you go see the Penned animal’s area, because this area includes the giant panda hall. And you can’t leave China without seeing the Pandas. In this area you will be able to see a white lion, white tiger, kangaroo and crocodiles and much more. This area will teach you about how the animals lives and what they like to eat. So when you leave the zoo you will be educated. Don’t forget to see the bird garden and young animal garden.

While you are at the zoo you can ride the Ferris wheel and be able to see the bird’s eye view. If you are getting tried and don’t want to walk any more then you can ride the electric power cart it will carry you around the zoo. If you bring children and they want to play there is an amazing outdoor playground. Don’t worry about getting hungry since there are restaurants located around the zoo. Also don’t forget to buy a souvenir when you are there. 

Just remember you can’t leave China without seeing a Panda. So when you get off your China flight make note that you want to see a real Panda. If you go visit Shanghai make sure you stop by the Wild Animal Zoo, it will cost 120RMBs for adults and 60RMBs for children who are 4 feet tall, and free for children you are less than 2 feet tall.

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A Glimpse of Traditional Beijing at the Shicha Lake Hutongs

When you travel to Beijing a must visit is the large hutong district in the Shicha Lake area. It is a very picturesque location with old buildings and traditional architecture beside the stunning Houhai and Qianhai lakes. The easiest way to travel here from your Beijing Hotel is by taxi, however it is not difficult […]

When you travel to Beijing a must visit is the large hutong district in the Shicha Lake area. It is a very picturesque location with old buildings and traditional architecture beside the stunning Houhai and Qianhai lakes. The easiest way to travel here from your Beijing Hotel is by taxi, however it is not difficult to do by subway either as it is a casual 10 minute stroll from Gulou station.

 

There are plenty of lively streets around the lakeside area with a mix of trendy and traditional restaurants, cafes and bars. Small boutiques can be found hidden in the alleyways selling traditional crafts and clothing, boutique chocolates and souvenirs. There are also plenty of craft stalls selling various handicrafts. This is the place to head for personalized stamps with your name in Chinese along with your Chinese zodiac sign. You can also get personalised dolls made from a picture of yourself or your relatives.

 

Shicha hutong area as the perfect place to sample street food delicacies at rock bottom prices. You wont find the exotic shocking foods here but genuine food that the locals eat. Baked sweet potatoes, crepes, noodles and kebab skewers are everywhere and much cheaper than at the tourist orientated night markets.

 

If you are interested in food, there are many cooking classes available in the hutongs where you can learn to cook a variety of dishes. There are also small tucked away restaurants, unlikely to have an english or picture menu, but serving authentic cuisine at very modest prices.

 

It is safe enough to just wander around on foot and the only problem you may have is getting a bit lost, but is easy enough to just head in the direction of the lakes to find your way again. If you don’t fancy walking there are plenty of places you can hire bikes from to explore the area still being able to nip in and out of the narrow alleyways. You can also hire a rickshaw to drive you around, although you will need to bargain hard to get a good price.

 

A trip to the hutongs promises some great photos and an insight into day to day life before the city was catapulted into modernisation. You can watch men sitting out with their caged birds and the older generations playing cards and checkers on the side of the road.

 

There are also many Beijing tours which offer trips to the hutongs either as a half or full day visit if you would rather go as part of a group where you can learn the history of the area, which is now mostly a heritage site.

 

 

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Shanghai Ancient Town

On October 20, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, by Jack Li

If you are planning on a China tour and you want to be educated on how life was in the ancient days, then Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is the place for you. Zhujiajiao is located in Shanghai suburbs. The only way to get here is by a tour bus, so it is going to be far […]

If you are planning on a China tour and you want to be educated on how life was in the ancient days, then Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is the place for you. Zhujiajiao is located in Shanghai suburbs. The only way to get here is by a tour bus, so it is going to be far from your Shanghai hotel.

Zhujiajiao Town has 1700 years worth of history. It started as a very small village during The Three Kingdom Period (220-280) then turned in a bazaar in the Song and Yuan Dynasties Era (960-1398). Over the years more and more people took up residency, because of its booming businesses. Then in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) it developed into a town.

Another name for the Zhujiajiao town is the ‘Pearl Stream’ since the town is built around the water. The area of the town is 18.1 miles. So it is a good idea to take a boat ride to see all of the attractions. Some of these attractions include the unique bridges across the bubbling streams, the rivers that are coved by willow tress and the houses with courtyards.

People say if you don’t see a bridge in Zhujiajiao then you have not visited Zhujiajiao you have just wasted your time. The bridges are amazing distinctive and old. Most of the bridges were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. They all have different styles and shapes and each one is made out of a different materiel from the use of wood to stone to marble.

The Fansheng Bridge is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge in Zhujiajiao. It has five opening. It was built in 1571. The bridgealso has lovely decorations. The first decoration is the ‘Dragon Gate’ stone tablet, on the tablet there is eight engraved dragons encircling a pear. The second decoration is the four lions on top of the bridge, each one is made out of stone.

A must see attraction is the ‘North Street’ or ‘Ancient Street’. This street is filled with ancient buildings at date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is also the best preserved ancient street in the area. The street is elegant and simple and the viewer has an enjoyable time walking down it. So when you are walking down ‘North Street’ make sure you take your time and enjoy the historic buildings, long stores, old bridges plus the long narrow lanes that can be found there.

Another must see attraction is the ‘Ken Zhi Yuan’ garden. This garden was also built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is the largest garden in town. The common name for the garden is ‘Ma Family Garden’ named after its host name Ma Wenqin. In this garden you will be able to see ancient dwellings, and artificial hills. It is a beautiful place to visit. The garden is located in the northern part of town off of Xijin Street.

So when you go see Zhujiajiao Town during your Shanghai Tour make sure you take enough RMBs to pay for the admission fee. It cost 80RMBs for a cruise boat and nine scenic spots and 60RMBs for eight scenic spots and 30RMBs for four scenic spots. If you want the option of having a tour guild you can, for an English one it will cost 120RMBs and it will last for three hours. If you want a Chinese one it will only cost you 80RMBs and it last for three hours also. When you go to Zhujiajiao Town make sure you enjoy your time here.

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White Jade in Shanghai

On October 19, 2011, in Shanghai, Temples, by Jack Li

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by […]

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by it. The Jade Buddha temple would be a great attraction to see on your Shanghai tour since it will only last you a couple of hours and only 20RMBs.

 The Story:

A monk named Putoshan travelled to Burma in 1882, so that he could have a white Buddha made. For the purpose of bringing it back to China with him. The one he brought back was the ‘Reclining Buddha’. It was a long journey since he had to cart the Buddha back. When Putoshan brought it back he set it down so he could built a temple around it. Then he went off again to search of alms so he would have the means to build a temple for it. The ‘Seated Buddha’ which is also made from white jade was brought back from Singapore by Zhenshan in 1990. Zhenshan was the tenth master of the temple. Thousands of believers pilgrimage here each year.

In the 1880’s an old temple was built to house the Buddha statues. The temple only lasted until the 1900s when it was destroyed in the revolutions at overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Gratefully the Buddha statue was not harmed, sadly the temple was. In 1928 a new temple was built. This is the same temple visitors see today.

What you see

When you are walking around you will be able to see two white Buddha statues. Each one is different, the first is the ‘Seated Buddha’ it is 6 feet and 5 inches tall weighting 205 pounds. This Buddha is decorated with semi precious stones. The ‘Seated Buddha’ shows the viewer that he is in his moment of mediation and enlightenment. The second Buddha is ‘Reclining Buddha’ he is 3 feet and 4 inches long. The ‘Reclining Buddha’ is lying on its right side with its right hand supporting its head and left hand on its left leg. This shape is called the ‘luck repose’ where the Buddha is in a peaceful mood. These two Buddha are both carved from white jade, making them look more vibrant. 

The Jade temple is the most visited temple in Shanghai. It is situated in the busy city, but is a great place to go for someone who is looking for peace and quiet. The temple has seven structures which are: Devajara Hall, the Mahavira Hall, the Jade Buddha Tower, and Kwan-yin Hall, and Amitabha Hall, and the Tang Hall, and lastly the dining-room and Recumbent Buddha Hall. So when you travel to Shanghai make sure you stop in and see the White Buddha statues at the Jude Buddha temples.

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