No doubt its situation in an outlying area, rich in parks and gardens, influences the atmosphere of the temple, whose calmness and serenity delight guests upon entry. The largest place of Buddhist worship in Shanghai has five pavilions. The principal pavilion, called the Treasury, is home to Buddhist effigies. Its tower features a collection of gongs and a bronze bell weighing six tonnes. If you are in Shanghai on the eve of Chinese New Year, go to the pavilion.
You will see the faithful hit the bell 108 times to scare away evil spirits from harming the new year. The third pavilion, the Thousand Luohan, will not fail to surprise you with its 500 golden statuettes. They represent the Arhat saints who have attained wisdom…
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