Our second day, the Big Bus takes us to Putuo, one of the districts of Shanghai. (Click here to visit their website to see which tickets you can book and to see what’s all included in the packages they offer).
We go and vist the Jade Buddha temple. Here you can find lots of individual temples and statues. It’s much bigger than it looks outside. Shopping is also available inside, including incense offerings.
All of the statues are beautiful but the Jade Buddha and hall especially, is breathtaking. Very clean, including bathrooms with Western toilets. It’s a nice way to kill an hour or two.
Jade Buddha Temple is still a functioning Buddhist monastery. As we pass, we can witness a ceremony.
We fall from one ceremony to another. Today (September 5) my niece marries in Belgium.
Thanks to the technology of today we could see some short live movies of their lovely day.
Time for our next trip, the “Huangpu River Cruise”.
The Huangpu River is a symbol of Shanghai. It is 114 kilometers long and 400 meters wide. The river divides Shanghai in East and West.
The west area (Puxi) is the cultural, residential and entertainment center of Shanghai.
The eastern area of the river (PUDONG) is the newer district of Shanghai. Here you will find the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, skyscraper-hotels, offices and shopping centers, etc.
If you can choose, than do this boat trip in the evening. Shanghai is a magical place once the sun goes down.