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Shanghai Highlights, China

Shanghai has very few Buddhist temples, so the Jade Buddha Temple is well known and well used. Over 15,000 Chinese Buddhists descend on the temple during the February Lunar New Year. Built in the early twenties, the Temple houses a 2 meter high, jewel-encrusted Buddha in seated position. No photography is allowed in the temple and shoes should be left at the entrance.

Wealthy Ming Dynasty officials founded the Yuyuan Gardens in the 16th century. They spent 18 years creating and nurturing the gardens only to have them destroyed during the Opium War. The gardens have now been restored and attract hordes of tourists, most of whom are Chinese.

The bazaar area is also worth visiting as there are many snack bars and restaurants, famed for their savory delights. The Yuyuan Gardens and bazaar are located at the south-eastern end of the old city, its bustling maze of narrow lanes lined with traditional houses.

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Other experiences in Shanghai

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.