Longhua Tourist City
LONGHUA TOURIST CITY
Occupying a space area of 31.17 hectares and located in the southern part of Shanghai, Longhua Tourist City contains a number of scenic spots and well known buildings, among which the most famous are Longhua Temple 龙华寺, Longhua Pagoda 龙华塔 and Longhua Martyrs' Mausoleum 龙华烈士陵园. Almost all the buildings in the City are designed in the architectural style of the folk dwellings to the south of the Yangtze River 长江, featuring black tiles, white-washed walls, covered corridors, little alleyways and winding paths.
Shanghai Longhua Tourist City is a very comprehensive relaxing center, with a richly colorful variety of shops, facilities and restaurants in it, able to meet tourists' demands for sightseeing, amusement, shopping and catering. Those shops supply all kinds of artware, folk collections, tourist souvenirs, ornaments of minorities, etc., while those restaurants and eateries offer different styles of Chinese cuisine, including vegetarian diet, tonic food, special flavored snacks, etc.
Longhua Tourist City
LONGHUA TEMPLE 龙华寺
As a nation famous one thousand year old ancient temple, Longhua Temple, located in Longhua Town, boasts its longest history and largest scale among the Buddhist monasteries in Shanghai.
Longhua Temple occupies an area of over 20,000 sq.m. The temple contains a few adjoining halls: The Grand Hall 大雄宝殿, the Three Sages Hall 三圣殿, the Hall of Maitreya 弥勒殿 and the Abbot Chamber 方丈室. By the side of the main building are the Bell Tower 钟楼 and the Drum Tower 鼓楼.
The well-known Evening Chimes of Longhua Bell sound on the eve of the New Year. When the New Year comes near, 108 strikes of the bell resound in the air with dragon and lion dances going on on the square. Inside the temple, one hundred monks are conducting a solemn ceremony praying for luck and happiness for people.
Open time (local):
7 am - 5 pm
10 RMB (1$ - 6,9 RMB)
How to get in this place:
subway station "Caobao Road 遭宝路站" (1-st line) or "Longcao Road 龙遭路站" (3-rd line), then take taxi up to Longhua Temple (about 12RMB)
bus: 41,44,56,73,87,104,326,714,733, etc
LONGHUA PAGODA 龙华塔
Opposite to Longhua Temple stands Longhua Pagoda. It is generally believed that both the temple and the pagoda were built in the 5th Chiwu Year of King Sun Quan of the Wu State during the Three Kingdom Period 三国. The pagoda is of brick and wood structure, 40 meters tall with 7 stories in octagonal shape. The eaves on every story and the bells hanging on the corners and corridors can be clearly seen from afar. It is the largest among all the 16 pagodas in Shanghai.
LONGHUA TEMPLE FAIR
From the 3rd day of every 3rd lunar month(about in early April) on, there is always a traditional fair, whose history can be traced back to the 16th century. Up to today, Longhua Temple Fair has been thought of as one of the most famous and the most popular folk custom festivities in Shanghai.
Longhua Temple Fair continues till early May. Varieties of interesting and colorful activities take place during the fair period, like holding the traditional book fair, making local-style performances, carrying out cultural exchanges, opening large-scale bazaar and playing games.
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