The major Chinese religions in Shanghai

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With family or friends, discover an unknown facet of Shanghai: its report to the world's religions. Indeed, if Shanghai has always been more famous for its pagan and religious places of pilgrimage, the visit of the region's temples doesn't lack interests. You will then follow many Chinese who claim to adhere to Buddhism, taoism and Confucianism.

Day 1: Buddhism

Day 2: Taoism

Day 3: Confucianism

Day 1 : Buddhism

Day1 : Buddhism ©Author's Image

You can start your visit by the temple of the Buddha of Jade, north-west of the city (Yu Fo Si, on Anyuan Lu). This temple, one of the rare ones in Shanghai still inhabited by monks, is famous for its two Buddhas, brought back from Burma to the 19th century and carved in a single white jade room. Then go down the south of the city towards the Jing'an temple. It is the oldest Buddhist altar in the city, dating back as far as 247 after Jesus. Today, the Jing'an temple, whose name means "peace and quietness" is located in the heart of one of Shanghai's busiest main roads.

Day 2 : Taoism

Day2 : Taoism ©Stéphan SZEREMETA

Then turn to the Way and Virtue: .taoism. Bai Yun Guan (White Cloud Temple) is the headquarters of the Shanghai's Taoist association, and it is for the faithful, an important site of teaching and rituals. The temple built in 1863 and completely destroyed during the cultural revolution was rebuilt in 2004. With the Beijing Guan Baiyun, it is the only temple that still has taoist manuscripts dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Many other treasures are conserved in this temple

Day 3 : Confucianism

Day3 : Confucianism ©Long Hai

You will have a more just vision of Chinese syncretism by ending your pilgrimage with the visit of a Confucian temple. The most representative of Shanghai is of course the temple of Confucius, located in the old city. Also destroyed during the cultural revolution, it was the subject of all care during its restoration in the 1990's. In the heart of the turbulent streets of the old city, the Confucius temple is an oasis of peace and quiet. Traditional architecture, pagodas, miniature bridges under which streams that are equally miniature flow...

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