We had heard of this temple, and knew it to be one of the oldest ones in Shanghai. So on a day with awesome weather, we set off on our bicycles. This temple is located a bit far out from the city centre and makes for a good bike ride. Maybe a 30 min cycle ride away from Jing’An? When we got there, we were all immediately taken by the cool, serene vibe that enveloped us.
Entry tkt at RMB 10, we were welcomed by a very friendly watchman at the gate, and were pleasantly surprised to see very few people, some folks lighting incense sticks, some praying, some wandering around. Loved the quiet surroundings – a very welcome break from the buzzing city. Better than Jade Buddha (very crowded) and Jing’An (tiny, sometimes very crowded).
Longhua has no Koi pond though there is a neglected little pond onto one side behind a wall, just after the entrance, which we checked out. The water was very dirty and stagnant, with some dead turtles floating around. Wonder why the temple is taken care of beautifully, but this tiny pond is forgotten…. Having said that, this temple is a must-see for everyone in Shanghai.
2853 Longhua Lu, near Longhua Park