Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

Built in 1882, the Jade Buddha Temple was built in the style of the Song Dynasty with symmetrical halls and courtyards, upturned eaves, and bright yellow walls, Shanghai, China

Built in 1882, the Jade Buddha Temple was built in the style of the Song Dynasty with symmetrical halls and courtyards, upturned eaves, and bright yellow walls, Shanghai, China

 

Built in 1882, this famed temple in northwest Shanghai, China, is known for the two Burmese jade Sakyamuni statues, one seated and the other reclining.  Built in the style of the Song Dynasty, the Jade Buddha Temple has symmetrical halls and courtyards, upturned eaves, and bright yellow walls.  The great treasure here is the 6.5 foot / 2 meter seated Buddha, crafted from white jade with a robe of precious gems, which, unfortunately we were not permitted to photograph.

 

The new Shanghai is being built all around the few remaining 19th century buildings and temples, such as the Jade Buddha Temple, in Shanghai, China

The new Shanghai is being built all around the few remaining 19th century buildings and temples, such as the Jade Buddha Temple, in Shanghai, China

 

Two of the Deva Kings in the Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

Two of the Deva Kings in the Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

 

A third Deva King in the Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

A third Deva King in the Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

 

Three Buddhas with fresh offerings at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

Three Buddhas with fresh offerings at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

 

Another outer Temple building housed a large female Buddha set against an interesting carved backdrop [see the next image], Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

Another outer Temple building housed a large female Buddha set against an interesting carved backdrop [see the next image], Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

Several gilded figures are set against a carved backdrop in the Temple housing the large female Buddha [pictured above], Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

Several gilded figures are set against a carved backdrop in the Temple housing the large female Buddha [pictured above], Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

On this construction site, where an older Temple building was demolished, a new Temple building will be constructed to house the famous white jade, seated Buddha at the Jade Buddha Templ

On this construction site, where an older Temple building was demolished, a new Temple building will be constructed to house the famous white jade, seated Buddha at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

 

Lights and lanterns adorn the passageway into the Temple building presently housing the famous white jade, seated Buddha at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China; regulations forbid ph

Lights and lanterns adorn the passageway into the Temple building presently housing the famous white jade, seated Buddha at the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China; regulations forbid photography of the white jade seated Buddha

 

 

Shanghai Skyline, China

This panorama of the Pudong district, Shanghai, China, includes the second tallest building in the world (center), the Shanghai Tower, standing at 632 meters - 2,073 feet and Dōngfān

This panorama of the Pudong district, Shanghai, China, includes the second tallest building in the world (center), the Shanghai Tower, standing at 632 meters / 2,073 feet and Dōngfāng Mingzhūta (the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower) on the right, the tallest television tower in Asia at 468 meters / 1,535 feet (built from 1991 to 1994; from then until 2007, it was the tallest building in Shanghai and China)

 

Dynamic, fascinating, cacophonous, futuristic… Shanghai, China’s largest city continues its ceaseless metamorphosis at a dizzying pace.  Historic Art Deco architecture along The Bund is reflected in sleek, ultramodern office towers in the recently developed Pudong District across the Huangpu River.  Beginning in 1994 Shanghai had the tallest building in China (the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower) and since 2015 the Shanghai Tower took that title.  That latest addition to Pudong’s skyline is the world’s second tallest building by height to the architectural top, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – but it is the world’s tallest building by height to the tallest floor.  A wide range of museums in Shanghai feature everything from historic artifacts to contemporary art, science and technology, even eyeglasses and tobacco.  Gastronomes can feast on a palate-pleasing selection of international dishes and Chinese cuisine — hairy crab, dim sum and braised meats marinated in Shaoxing wine are among the local specialties.

 

The Pudong district across the Huangpu River from the Bund (Central Business District) of Shanghai, China, was a marsh until development started twenty-five years ago; yes, all these bui

The Pudong district across the Huangpu River from the Bund (Central Business District) of Shanghai, China, was a marsh until development started twenty-five years ago; yes, all these buildings are modern in design and age!

 

These two Chinese Navy ships took our pier spot, so we were docked behind them near the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal, Shanghai, China; the view is towards the Bund whic

These two Chinese Navy ships took our pier spot, so we were docked behind them near the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal, Shanghai, China; the view is towards the Bund which begins with the triangular monument on the upper left and “bends” around to the left beyond the photograph [see our upcoming blog post on a walk along the Bund]

This view of the Pudong district with the Shanghai Tower, center, and the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower on the right, was taken from the top deck of our ship while we were docked in Sh

This view of the Pudong district with the Shanghai Tower, center, and the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower on the right, was taken from the top deck of our ship while we were docked in Shanghai, China

 

A view of the Huangpu River looking towards the east, where it meets the sea, Shanghai, China; the Bund is about 1.5 kilometers -1 mile in the opposite direction

A view of the Huangpu River looking towards the east, where it meets the sea, Shanghai, China; the Bund is about 1.5 kilometers /1 mile in the opposite direction behind our ship