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Shanghai Sightseeing

Shanghai is rapidly developing into one of the most sophisticated and dynamic cities in East Asia, but alongside its modern architecture can still be found reminders of the past.  Your sightseeing in Old Shanghai includes the beautiful Yu Yuan Garden, a classical Chinese garden featuring pools, walkways, bridges and rockeries (pictured), created in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty, and the Jade Buddha Temple, a monastery built in 1882 to enshrine two magnificent Buddha statues imported from Burma.  Each of the statues is carved from a single piece of white jade.  The temple, closed in 1949 when Mao came to power, reopened in the 1980s and is now flourishing again with more than a hundred monks in residence.