There are a number of temples around Shanghai worth visiting (City God Temple, Confucius Temple, etc.), but Jing An Temple is probably among the oldest of those. Allegedly dating back almost 1800 years, "only" 800 years in the current location, it’s seen its share of history, though it’s now almost completely reconstructed due to an unfortunate series of events that have to do with China’s modern history (and let’s leave it at that).

 

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Once you get past the beggars and donate 30yuan, you’re at the main courtyard, where the main activity is trying to throw coins into this pagodish thingy …

 

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and she scores!

 

If you’re not into local spiritual basketball, then there’s always torch lighting and baibai-ing…

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Taking a look around…

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You’ll find a number of Buddha halls…

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With the occasional Daoist Gods…

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And local fortune tellers…

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Last look from the outside…

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and it’s a wrap.



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