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Private Shanghai Religious Tour: Jade Buddha Temple & St Ignatius Cathedral

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Duration: Approx. 5 hours
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  • Visit St. Ignatius Cathedral, the largest Catholic cathedral in Shanghai
  • Enjoy the fascinating contrast between modern-day Shanghai and the Old City
  • Marvel at the 2 metre-high white jade Buddha statue in the Jade Buddha Temple
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch

Shanghai is China’s second largest city, the largest port of the country, and its only real metropolis. The lively atmosphere, impressive architecture, cultural events and great shopping opportunities make Shanghai an ideal destination for visitors with all kinds of interests.

St. Ignatius Cathedral or Xujiahui Cathedral is a 90-year old Roman Catholic cathedral and the largest Catholic Church, located in Shanghai. Its vast interior of altars, stone columns, and Gothic ceilings are a fascinating evidence of European influence.

The famous Jade Buddha Temple is one of the few remaining Buddhist temples in Shanghai and now houses a 2 metre-high white jade Buddha statue.

The Old City of Shanghai is one of China’s premier sights, still retaining its well-preserved old look.

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You will be picked up from your hotel in Shanghai and taken in an air-conditioned car or mini coach (depending on the number of passengers) for a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. An English-speaking tour guide will accompany you on this tour.

The highlights of your tour include:

Jade Buddha Temple: Located in the western part of the city, it is the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai. In 1882, a monk named Huigen left two of five jade Buddha statues brought from Burma in Shanghai and built a temple there to keep them, each carved out of a single piece of white jade. Still inhabited by monks, the temple consists of three main halls and two courtyards.

St.Ignatius Cathedral: St.Ignatius Cathedral is located in the Xujiahui area, bordering the western end of the former Frenchtown. This 90-year old Gothic Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Shanghai. It was built in 1906. Today this neo-Gothic edifice is an active Catholic cathedral, with a congregation of over 2000 people on Sundays. Heavily influenced by the European style from the 12th to 16th centuries, it features two high tapering steeples set to the left and right of its frontal facade. The cathedral is best appreciated inside with the segments of its vaulted roof creating a rhythmic pattern. There is a strongly vertical feature to its design as though thrusting towards the heavens. It featured in the opening shots of Spielberg's film Empire of the Sun.

Old City: The Old City is located to the west of the Bund and Huangpu River and south of Nanjing Road. It offers a stark contrast to the bustling city of Shanghai. Narrow streets and alleys, traditional Chinese stores, restaurants selling delicious dumplings can be seen here. Prior to 1911, Shanghai, Old Town, was a walled city made up mainly of fishermen, but the walls of the city were torn down to allow freerer movement and easier trade. The centre then, as now, was the Yu Garden and the Huxingting Tea House. Both are not to be missed.

Stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants that dot this town and savour authentic Chinese fare.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Shanghai.

Please note
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Maximum 3 children in total accompanied by minimum 2 adults in one group
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air conditioned car or mini coach (depending on the number of passengers)
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch in a local restaurant with 1 soft drink
  • 24 hours telephone hotline
  • Entrance fees
  • Additional soft drinks in the restaurant
  • Tips
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Approx. 5 hours
Start time
0900h (09:00am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Shanghai (hotel located at city area). (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
Your hotel in Shanghai
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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