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Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)
Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)

Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)

Anyuan Lu, Shanghai

The Basics

While fairly new by Chinese standards—it was completed in 1918—the Jade Buddha Temple remains one of the city’s most popular attractions thanks to the jade Buddha statues within. Just about every Shanghai sightseeing tour stops at the temple, along with other popular points of interest, such as the Bund, Yu Garden, the French Concession, and the Shanghai Museum, depending on the option chosen. Shanghai’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus also stops at the temple.

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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
$79.00 per adult
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Excellent Tour!
Frank is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and takes care of his clients. He even took pictures and sent them to me by WeChat.
vijayparmaraz, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Shanghai

star-5
Lovely way to spend a day
Beautiful960, Nov 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Tom is a good guide. Full of information, dates, facts and figures. We visited the Shanghai Museum, three different temples, a silk factory, the jade and pearl center and a large open air flea market/mall area and the Bund. Every stop is an opportunity to shop, but I really felt it in the silk and jade shops. The shop workers hovering, pointing out sales and making suggestions. The tour group was less than 10 people which was great.
star-5
A wonderful tour
mary_munro, Oct 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
This was a long day but our guide was knowledgeable and confident. He didn't hurry us and answered all the questions he was asked. We had time for photos and to examine museum exhibits etc for ourselves. We found the trip to the Silk Factory fascinating and the Tea Tasting session was most enjoyable. An excellent lunch was included. We would never have seen all these things by ourselves so totally recommend this tour.
star-4
Great Tour Host
BernardFong, Oct 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Tom was assigned to host a gp of international tourists from US, Canada, South Africa and Singapore on 29/10 day tour of Shanghai. His pleasant personality, great hospitality skills, deep local knowledge were indeed commendable. Tks Tom.
star-5
Very good tour and tour guide
MichaelK10895, Sep 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Very good tour and tour guide I learned alot from new and old Shanghai. Worth a visit to Shanghai and exploring.
star-5
Very good
Otanildo_C, Sep 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Very good This tour is a great option to know about some of the main tourist points of Shanghai. The lunch is included in the package of the tour. I was picked up at the hotel in a car with conditioned air, it guides and driver, and at the end of the tour I had the option of to return to the hotel or to leave in the last point of the tour. This was a good option to know Shanghai faster and with information of the places by the guide.
star-4
Nice trip in Shanghai
STEFANIA_R, Aug 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Everything went smoothly. I only wish the guide had been more flexible since it was only me and my husband were the only two people taking the tour that day.
star-5
Great experience
dylj0, Aug 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Our tour guide was Frank. He explained everything fantastically. He had awesome English. My husband and I had an amazing time.
star-4
Tour of Shanghai
Davis_L, Jun 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
We had a nice tour of Shanghai - it was very crowded and we had a nice visit to see the sights. Thankfully, the bus was air conditioned as it was quite hot. We saw everything we wished to see as described when we booked.
star-4
Great all day tour of best of Shanghai
hudsonwarner, Sep 2018
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Excellent pick up, drop off and logistics and timing in comfortable large minibus. Tour guide Frank was very nice. Not super on history and pearl and silk factories were sales oriented but many like that though I more wanted history.
star-5
Great experience
Lucinette_A, Mar 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Overall it was a great experience to visit many places in Shanghai for one day. The tour guide Frank is very friendly and treat the group well. I felt sometimes that I was in tourist traps but I guess that is typical of a tour like this. Beautiful city though. Thanks Frank!!! :)
star-4
Too Many Retail Stops
Christine_G, Nov 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
I was the only person on this tour. The transport was over 30 minutes late, so I would have expected a call to say they were on their way. In fact the Concierge at the pick up hotel called for me, got the driver’s number then called him. Traffic was bad, as it often is in Shanghai, but it shouldn’t have been me doing the calling. The places we went were really interesting. I would have liked longer at the Shanghai Museum & the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund etc. Because I was the only passenger we moved faster than a group would so time at stops could have been extended. In fact, despite the late start, I was back at the hotel by about 15.40. What was disappointing were the visits to the pearl centre, the silk factory etc. These were thinly disguised (expensive) selling opportunities, with very little actual information & interesting facts provided. Frank, the guide, was knowledgeable if uncharismatic.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The temple is a must-see for first-time visitors and those interested in Chinese religion.

  • Leave yourself about an hour to enjoy the temple grounds, a bit more if you plan to eat at the on-site vegetarian restaurant.

  • The temple charges separate entrance fees for the temple itself and for the hall where the sitting Buddha is housed.

  • Shanghai tours that visit the Jade Buddha Temple often last about eight hours.

  • Photography is not permitted within the Jade Buddha Chamber.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to get to the temple is to take the Shanghai Metro (Line 13) to Jiangning Road Station and leave through exit 4. From there it’s about a 5-minute walk to the temple along Anyuan Road.

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When to Get There

Since the temple is a popular stop on guided tours, those visiting independently should arrive first thing in the morning when the temple opens. Avoid visiting during the Lunar New Year when tens of thousands of Chinese Buddhists come to pray for prosperity.

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Halls of the Jade Buddha Temple

The temple is divided into several different sections, the most notable being the Jade Buddha Chamber and Reclining Buddha Hall where the two famous statues are housed. Before you get there, you’ll pass through the Hall of Heavenly Kings, where four statues look toward the four cardinal points, and the Grand Hall with its copper-colored statue of Guanyin. The Grand Hall leads to a quiet courtyard, where stairs lead to the jade Buddha chambers.

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