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Still inhabited by monks, the temple consists of three main halls and two courtyards.
The first hall is Tianwang Dian Hall where statues of the four celestial
kings and Maitreya are enshrined. It was said that the Maitreya in fact
is the Budai Monk. In 916, before his death, he had told people that he
was the reincarnation of the future Buddha Maitreya. Later, people called
him Buddha Maitreya and began to worship him in temples.
Opened to visitors at the end of 1995, the museum contains 120,000 cultural
relics of all the historical periods in ancient China, in which collections
of bronzes, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy and ancient sculptures are
among the best in China.
Boating along the Huangpu River, visitors could take a glimpse of the yesterday and today of Shanghai. On one side of the river is the bund, which is regarded a landmark as well as the birthplace of Shanghai. With a length of 1 km, the bund is dotted with various grandiose solid buildings of western style dating back to the early this century in its west. Due to these imposing buildings, the bund is also reputed as "an international exhibition of architecture". Comparing with the west, east of the bund is a new developing Shanghai.
Now, a 646.7-meter-long sightseeing tunnel, connecting the bund to Oriental
Pearl TV Tower, was completed and opened to public in October 2000, through
which visitors can experience a marvelous trip under water.
With a unique design composed of balls and columns, the tower become Shanghai's new landmark and a big magnet for tourists. The designers magically set the eleven beautiful spheres of various sizes up from the green grassland to the blue sky with two giant spheres shining like two rubies. The whole design is rich in poetic and pictorial splendor, which gives the tourists the impression that pearls of various sizes are dropping onto the emerald plate.
The Oriental Pearl Tower consists of three big columns, which are 9 meters
in diameter, the space module, the upper sphere, the lower sphere, five
small spheres, tower base and the square. In the tower, there is a double-decked
elevator, which can hold fifty people at a time, and two-speed elevator
that can run at a speed of 7 meters per second. The tower is equipped
with three-dimensional lighting installation, which makes the whole tower
very colorful and beautiful.
Longhua Temple: Longhua Temple, first built in 242 A.D during the Three Kingdoms Period, is the biggest and oldest temple in Shanghai. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt for many times. The present temple was built during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing dynasty. Splendidly constructed, the temple, till today, still keeps the original feature of Buddhist "chan" sect of the Song dynasty. In the temple, Buddhist scripture, gold seals and Buddhist statues of Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties are kept.
Longhua Pagoda: Standing opposite the Longhua temple, the pagoda, according to historic documents, was built as early as the 3rd century. The present pagoda, which is octagonal and seven-storied with 40.64 meters in height, is the restoration in 977. Built of wood and bricks, this pagoda, with upturned eaves and hanging bells in eaves' corners, is the only pagoda in Shanghai city.
Till today, the temple, visited by large numbers of monks and laymen
each day, is still flourishing. At night on every New Year eve the ceremony
of "Striking the Longhua Evening Bell" is conducted here and
is well known at home and abroad. Each time, large numbers of people,
Chinese as well as foreign, come to listen to the ringing of the temple
The street also boasts a variety of cultural spots, such as libraries,
art galleries, martial art clubs, sports clubs, acrobatics arenas and
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