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Shanghai is a young city but in possession of many historic sites like Yuyuan Garden, City God Temple, The Bund of Shanghai and Jade Buddha Temple. Jade Buddha Temple located on the north of downtown Shanghai, exactly on the intersection of Anyuan Road and Jiangning Road. Originally built in 1918, Shanghai Jade Buddha Temple is a building complex featuring the architectural style of Song Dynasty. On the axes of the temple, there are the main buildings such as the Heavenly King Hall, Grand Hall of the Great Sage and Jade Buddha Building. On both sides of the axes, visitors can see the Lying Buddha Hall, Kwan-yin Hall, Bronze Buddha Hall and Meditation Hall. Jade Buddha Temple is the most monastery in Shanghai. On the first day, and the fifteenth day every month, or on the traditional festivals of Buddhism, the Buddhists gather here to pray for blessing of Buddha. It is a metropolitan temple in China characterized of the tradition and modernity. In 1983, Jade Buddha Temple was approved as the key site under the national-level protection.
The first symbolic building is Heavenly King Hall, and it has three huge red gates meaning the moksha of Sangedatsu, In Chinese, it is pronounced as San Men Jie Tuo(三门解脱). Over the past, the temples used to be built in mountains, and the gate of temple was called Shan Men(山门, Gate of Mountain) , San and Shan mostly share the same pronunciation, so San Men gradually became the code name of Temple. Maitreya Bodhisattva was enshrined in front of the hall. In fact, this Buddha also widely known as Laughing Buddha in folk China is originated from a real monk called Qici Monk from Fenghua, Zhejiang province. He used to carry a huge hop-pocket and go begging everywhere, so he was also famous as Hop-Pocket Monk. In 916, Qici Monk passed away in Milin Temple of Fenghua, and his dying saying partially released his real identity of Buddhism: