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Longhua Pagoda and Longhua Temple

Located on the west bank of the Huangpujiang River south of Shanghai, these are famous attractions in Shanghai.

 Longhua Temple: Longhua Temple, first built in 242 A.D during the Three Kingdoms Period, is the biggest and oldest temple in Shanghai. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt many times. The present temple was built during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. Splendidly constructed, the temple, till today, still keeps the original feature of Buddhist 'chan' sect of the Song Dynasty. Buddhist scripture, gold seals and Buddhist statues of Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasty are kept in the temple.

 Longhua Pagoda: Standing opposite the Longhua temple, the pagoda, according to historic documents, was built as early as the 3rd century. The present pagoda, which is octagonal and seven-storied with 40.64 meters in height, is the restoration of 977. Built of wood and bricks, this pagoda, with upturned eaves and hanging bells in the corners of the eaves, is the only pagoda in Shanghai city.

Even today, the temple, visited by large numbers of monks and laymen each day, is flourishing. At night on every New Years Eve the ceremony of 'Striking the Longhua Evening Bell' is conducted here and is well known at home and abroad. Each time, large numbers of people, Chinese as well as foreign, come to listen to the ring of the temple bell.

Admission Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 07:10 to 16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit: One and a half hours

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