1.Jing’An Temple (Jing’An Si)

Address: 1686 Nanjing West Road (南京西路1686号)
Opening Hours: Daily 7am-5pm
Description & Comments: Sitting on one of the busiest roads in Shanghai, Jing’An temple is one of the few you’ll probably see before you know what it is. Impressive from the outside with imposing walls, it is actually one of the less

2.Longhua Temple & Pagoda (Longhua Si)

Address: 2853 Longhua Road (龙华路2853号)
Opening Hours: 7am-5pm
Description & Comments: While slightly less famous than the Jade Buddha temple, Longhua is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Shanghai. The monastery is said to have been founded in the 3rd century, while the 7-story pagoda (not open to visitors) dates from the 10th century.

3.Confucius Temple (Wen Miao)

Address: 215 Wenmiao Road (文庙路215号近中华路)
Opening Hours: 9am-5:00pm
Description & Comments: The temple is located on a small pedestrian street so your taxi driver might stop and just jerk a finger in the direction of this sedate temple. The street vendors outside selling everything from giant stuffed animals to squid-on-a-stick offers an interesting juxtaposition to the refined gardens and quiet temple complex.

4.Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)

Address: corner of Anyuan and Jiangning Roads (安远路170号,近江宁西路)
Opening Hours: daily 8am-4:30pm
Description & Comments: The Jade Buddha Temple is probably the most famous temple in Shanghai and will be printed on every hotel card destination listing. While the complex is small, it is interesting to wander through and has a number of halls to stop and peek in: Hall of Heavenly Kings, Great Treasure Hall and 10,000 Buddhas Hall. The centerpiece is, of course, the jade Buddha located in its own hall (extra 10rmb entry) at the back of the complex. Totter up the well-worn stairs to have a look at the nearly 5 foot (1.9m) tall pale-green Burmese jade likeness.

5.Temple of the Town Gods (Chenghuang Miao)

Address: Old Town Bazaar, north side of Fangbang Zhong Road near Anrén Road (方浜中路249号)
Opening Hours: Daily 8:30am-4pm
Description & Comments: All Chinese towns traditionally had a Daoist temple dedicated to the town god. Shanghai’s dates from 1403 though the current building site is new, constructed in the 1990s. The town god, the Míng Dynasty emperor Hóngwu’s likeness is in the rear hall.