Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shanghai: Jade Buddha Temple

The Jade Buddha Temple is a hot spot for tourists mostly because of it's 6.23 ft tall Jade Buddha.  Although it is full of tourists, you will still find many people praying and practicing their religion at the temple.  My favorite was watching parents show their small children how to bow down before the deities and pray.
The Jade Buddha Temple is one of few Buddhist Temples in Shanghai...most are Taoist.  It was built between 1911 and 1918 in Song Dynasty style.
The laughing Buddha.  You are supposed to rub his belly for good luck.
So...I did.  Someone working there insisted they capture this moment with a photo.
A small Jade Buddha statue.  We were not allowed to take photos of the 6.23 ft Jade Buddha.  Here I bought a few jade necklaces for my family.  Jade is supposed to symbolize a peaceful journey.  Jade is compared to the Chinese as a diamond is to westerners.  You can tell it is real jade by looking at the light, inside should be cloudy and it should cut glass.  There are several vendors around that try to sell fake jade.
This man was making these beautiful paintings with using only his palm and fingernail...no paintbrush!  It was amazing.  I was torn between these and some painting made on ban-yan tree leaves.  I chose the leaves instead.
I sent this one to Amy.
I loved the detail around the Deity.
This is a close-up on the side of the Deity from above.
This is reclining Buddha.  This one is just made of stone.  Again, we could not take photos of the actual Jade Buddha that was sooo beautiful.

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