2853 Longhua road
Metro lines 12 / 13: Longhua (exit 2 / 4)
The buddhist Longhua temple with origins as early as the 3th century, but rebuilt several times since then, is the largest temple complex in Shanghai comprising five main halls built in Song style. The bell tower houses a several tons heavy copper bell.
Just outside the temple grounds stands the seven-storey Longhua pagoda dating back to the 10th century, which however is not open to public due to its age.
If you just visit one temple during your stay in Shanghai, I would recommend here. The quiet temple complex is well maintained and usually – unlike some of the other temples in central Shanghai – not very crowded. Though a little remote, the temple is easily accessable via subway.
The temple grounds were the place for public executions until the 20 century, when communists were killed by Kuomintang. This is commemorated by the Longhua martyrs cemetery next to Longhua temple, entry free of charge.
Alternatives: In case you do not have sufficient time to make it to Longhua Temple, you may consider smaller Fazangjiang Temple closer to central Shanghai. Jade Buddha Temple is probably the most famous and crowded Buddhist temple in Shanghai.