Start the day with some incense-burning in the temple courtyard if you like. Incense sticks can be purchased from the shop on the left as you enter, then follow the waft of fragrant smoke to the incense burner in the middle of the courtyard where you light up the incense sticks. Non-Buddhists may find that just being among devout believers makes for a serene experience that is usually hard to come by in Shanghai.
The highlight of the temple are the two namesake jade Buddha statues — a 1.95m high sitting Buddha and a 96cm long reclining Buddha in a ‘lucky repose’ position — brought to Shanghai from Burma in the late 19th century. Be forewarned you need to pay an additional fee to enter the chamber where the two statues are housed. In any case if you decide this is spiritual cleansing enough for one day, it won’t hurt to grab a cheap vegetarian meal in the restaurant on temple grounds before you go.