The Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai is a good place to go. In the temples is always a nice and calm atmosphere which sometimes is a needed contrast to the busy life in the city. The temple holds two jade Buddha statues. They are made of porcelain, one is a Sitting Buddha and the other is a recumbent Buddha.
The Lama Temple in Beijing is the largest Buddhist temple in China. There are five large halls and you should spend at least an hour in the temple. In the hall of Ten Thousand Happinesses you can find an amazingly tall (18m) statue of the Maitreya Buddha. It is carved from a single piece of White Sandalwood. This statue is one of three artworks in the temple that were included into the Guinness Book of Records in 1993.
The Yu Garden is a pleasant private garden with many small lakes, ponds and bridges. It is a very nice place to visit, however it is very very crowded. Actually I never saw so many people on a small bridge like the Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge (Watch the video). It is a famous zig-zag bridge and a so called ‘Bridge of Nine Turnings’. A zig-zag bridge may have three, five or more zig-zags.
Although the lake is only about thirty metres wide, the bridge winds more than a hundred meters because of its nine twists. In the middle of the lake is a pavilion in which visitors may have a cup of tea or enjoy the view all around.