Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple

Located on the Longhua Road in Xuhui District, Longhua Park is famous for the ancient Longhua Temple, Longhua Pagoda, the Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony and the peach blossoms.

First built in 242 AD, which is during the period of the Three Kingdoms, Longhua Temple is the oldest temple in Shanghai for its long history of over 1,700 years. Because of the several destructions by the wars, most of the buildings here were reconstructed during the reign of the Emperor Tongzhi and Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty.

Longhua Temple Facts

First built in: 242

Address: No. 2853, Longhua Road, Xuhui District

Area: more than 20,000 square meters (215,000 sq ft)

Highlights: Longhua Pagoda, New Year Bell-Striking Ceremony, Longhua Temple Fair, Peach Blossom

Construction Layout of Longhua Temple

Besides its long history, Longhua Temple is the largest temple in Shanghai. It occupies an area of over 20,000 square meters (five acres) and the architectural proportion is about 5,000 square meters (one point two acres). Along the 194 meters long (637 feet) axis are the Maitreya Hall (Miledian), Devajara Hall (Tianwangdian), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Three Sages Hall (Sanshengdian), Abbot's Hall (Fangzhangshi) and the Sutras Keeping Hall (Cangjinglou) which keeps the three treasures of the temple including the Dazang sutras, the gold seals and the Buddhist statues. Accessory halls on the two sides are the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, both of them are furnished with the same hexagonal windows and the curved eaves. The whole courtyard was built strictly in the style of traditional Buddhist symmetry and it's in accordance with the Chinese concept of beauty.

New Year Bell-Striking Ceremony

A venerable copper bell which is two meters in height, one point three meters in diameter and weighs five tons (11,023 pounds) is placed on the three-storied Bell Tower. The Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony on 31st December is regarded as one of the eight great attractions of Shanghai. Welcoming the New Year in the melodious, heavenly sound of the bell is an interesting and memorable experience.

Longhua Pagoda

The seven-storied, 40.4 meters high Longhua Pagoda stands in front of the Longhua Temple, the brick body and the wooden staircases make up its main structure. Each storey is smaller than the storey below, and all the levels are encircled by balconies and banisters. Bells on each corner of the octagonal eaves make cheerful and lively sounds as the wind passes by. The pagoda has been rebuilt several times, but the style of the Song Dynasty still remains to today.

In late spring, when the peaches in Longhua Park are in full blossom and the temple fair (on the 3rd March, lunar calendar) is under way, large numbers of visitors and pilgrims will come and the Longhua Temple will become a place of great hustle and bustle.

How to get to the Longhua Temple Shanghai

1. Take Metro Line 11 or Line 12 and get off at Longhua Station. Take exit 2 and walk along Longhua Road to a crossing. Then turn north and walk along West Longhua Road. Then you can see Longhua Temple on the Longhua Old Street at the east side of the road.
2. Take bus 41, 44, 56, 87, 104, 120, 144, 166, 167, 178, 301, 326, 342, 714, 720, 733, 734, 770, 809, 824, 831, 864, 932, 933, 956, or 957 and get off at Longhua Station.
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Entrance Fee CNY 10
CNY 120 for the New Year Bell-striking Ceremony from 21:00 on Dec. 31 to 02:00 on Jan. 1
Opening Hours 7:10 to 16:30
On the 1st and 15th days of the 1st lunar month: 5:00 to 16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit 1.5 hours

​ See also:
Places of Interest in Shanghai: 12 Historical Sites to Explore
 What to Do in Shanghai in December: 6 Places to Go
 Top 10 Places for a Shanghai Visit in Winter​
 Top 10 Famous Temples in Shanghai
- Last updated on Sep. 04, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Longhua Pagoda & Longhua Temple
Asked by Steve from HUNGARY | Sep. 04, 2023 00:36Reply
Hi there, is it necessary to register online in advance for visiting Longhua Temple?
Hi there, is it necessary to register online in advance for visiting Longhua Temple? If so would you be so kind to let me know the website / online registration link ? Thank You very much!!!
Answers (1)
Answered by Holly | Sep. 04, 2023 19:38

It is not necessary. You can just buy one upon arrival on the spot.
Asked by rajeshkpillai2001 | Mar. 24, 2015 09:38Reply
which temple in Shanghai is better to visit? Longhua or Jing'an temple?
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Answered by James from FINLAND | Mar. 25, 2015 03:37

Well, I think both of them are worth to go. So you can just choose one nearer from your location.
Asked by Mira from MALAYSIA | Mar. 13, 2015 18:31Reply
I am planning to visit Longhua Temple and Zhujiajio Ancient Town. Can anyone guide me?
I am staying in Yorpark Apartment, near Wuding Road. Is it possible to cover the Temple and the Ancient Town in the same day?
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Answered by Jessica from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 13, 2015 20:46

Do you refer to Wuding Road in Jing'an District?
If yes, you can walk to Wanhangdu Road Zhenning Road Station and take public bus no. 824 to Longhua Station. Then walk to the secenic area directly. Or can just take a taxi from your hotel. The cab fare is CNY 30 to 40.
After touring around, take bus no.41 to 1st Shimen Road Middle Yan'an Road Station. Then take Hu Zhu Expressway (Express), and get to Zhu Jia Jiao Bus Station.

You can complete these two scenic areas on the same day. Don't worry. Just enjoy your trip!
Asked by Lae from FRANCE | Feb. 12, 2015 22:13Reply
Do they strike the bell for chinese new year in Longhua Temple? If yes, what day and time will be?
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Answered by Sara from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 13, 2015 00:18

Yes, there will be bell striking activities. It was held in dec.31st,2015 accordign to the solor calendar, about 23:00 to 01:00 (next day). In chinese lunar spring festival, there is no such activity.
Asked by Sarah from ENGLAND | Dec. 22, 2014 12:15Reply
Chinese New Year 2015 in Shanghai Longhua Temple
Is this the best place to see traditional celebrations in Shangai, such as dragon dances? If not where else in the city? And what dates and times do celebrations happen? Thanks
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Answered by Brad from DENMARK | Dec. 22, 2014 20:15

Yes, this temple is the best place to appreciate traditional celebrations and activities in this city. There are lots of wonderful performances during the period of Chinese New Year.
Or you can go the SH Grand View Garden. You can appreciate dragon dances there. Until now, there is no official information about the time and date. But generally speaking, the activities will be held from 18th Feb. to 24 Feb., 2015.
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