Jing An Temple
The Jing An district is named after the iconic Jing An Buddhist temple, a heritage site of magnificent gilded architecture.
The temple’s history dates back to 1216, in the Song dynasty. Over the centuries, it has undergone various transformations. The site houses the largest jade Buddha in China and a copper bell from the Ming dynasty.
In 1921, the temple was expanded, further enhancing its grandeur. The site became a plastic factory during the Cultural Revolution, and a fire destroyed its foundation. Finally, the temple underwent a million-dollar restoration in 1983.
Jing An Park
Developed as a city park in 1954, Jing An Park is located in the heart of the city. It features fountains, lush greenery and blooming flowers. Visitors can enjoy displays of tai chi every morning from Shanghai’s elderly citizens who go to the park to exercise. In another corner, bird lovers often gather to admire one another’s prized song birds.
Shanghai Exhibition Centre
The Shanghai Exhibition Centre is a historic symbol of the Sino-Soviet friendship of the 1950s and ‘60s. Inspired by Soviet neo-classical architecture, the project was a gift from Joseph Stalin to the People’s Republic of China.