Arts & Crafts of Shanghai
Local Sightseeing, All
USDPrice between $0-$50
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Approximately 3¾ Hours
Visit the Jade Buddha Temple and the Shanghai Arts & Crafts Research Institute on this tour into Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple was first built in AD 1882 to house two jade Buddha statues brought back from Burma by the monk Huigen. The temple was rebuilt in 1918 and is easily identifiable by its bright saffron walls. The centerpiece is a six-foot-tall, white-jade seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels. Artifacts abound, although not all are on display, and some 7,000 Buddhist sutras line the walls. This is one of the busiest and most famous working Buddhist temples in the south of China. The Arts & Crafts Research Institute was set up in 1956 and is located in a beautiful, former French bourgeois villa by the French Concession area. This is the first center in Shanghai to focus on a comprehensive study of the traditional Chinese folk arts and crafts. When first established, it had only twelve veteran craftsmen with consummate skills, and in 30 years it has developed into the present institute staffed with more than 160 artisans. The institute is engaged in the comprehensive research of woolen needlepoint work, silk embroidery, knitting, boxwood carving, lacquer ware carving, jade carving, ivory carving and fancy lantern making.