24 Hours Hotline: +86 137-3541-1378
+86 157-0009-4881

Your Location: Home > Shanghai Attractions > Shanghai Baiyun Taoist Temple

Shanghai Baiyun Taoist Temple


Shanghai White Cloud Temple is a temple of The Complete Perfection Tradition. It is located on the Back Xinlin Street at the former Western Gate of Shanghai, the present seat of Shanghai Daoist Association.

History & Background
About in the Yuan dynasty, the Complete Perfection Tradition of Daoism was spread into Shanghai. According to Annals of Songjiang Prefecture, in the tenth Dade year of the Yuan dynasty (1306), there was once a building, "Changchun Daoist Temple" in Lou County. The temple was so named in honor of Qiu Chuji (whose literary name was Changchunzi), the patriarch of The Dragon Gate Sect ( 龍門派 Longmen Pai ) of the Complete Perfection Tradition. 

In the first year of the Zhizhi era (1321), Yang Zai wrote Records of Changchun Daoist Temple, in which he mentioned that the abbot at that time was Zheng Jun, son of General Zheng who guarded Guangling. However, during the following 500 years, accounts of activities of the Complete Perfection Tradition in this region were rarely seen. 

It was not until the 13th Tongzhi year of the Qing dynasty (1874) that Daoist Wang Mingzhen from Xianzhen Temple of Hangzhou founded the Daoist temple "Hall of the Thunder Patriarch ( 雷祖 Leizu )" of this tradition at Chaoyanglou outside the Northern Gate of Shanghai (around today's Zhejiang Road and Beihai Road). 

In the eighth year of the Guangxu reign (1882), the temple had to be removed due to the expanding of roads. With the gentry' patronage, abbot Xu Zhicheng at that time bought the present seat of the White Cloud Temple and rebuilt the Hall of the Thunder Patriarch. In the 12th Guangxu year (1886), he expanded the Hall of The Big Dipper ( 斗姥 Doumu ), the guest rooms and the dining room. 

In the 14th Guangxu year (1888), Xu Zhicheng went to Beijing. Assisted by government officials and abbot Gao Rendong of Beijing White Cloud Temple, he bought over 8,000 volumes of Daoist Canon ( 道藏 Daozang ) of the Ming version on the condition that the Hall of the Thunder Patriarch was changed into "Haishang White Cloud Temple", a subsidiary temple of Beijing White Cloud Temple. Then Haishang White Cloud Temple adopted the commandments of the latter and gradually established it's post as one of the Temples of the Ten Directions ( 十方叢林 Shifang Conglin ) of the Complete Perfection Tradition. It became a prestigious temple of this tradition in the southeast of China.

In the 16th Guangxu year (1890), Xu Zhicheng, the first abbot of the White Cloud Temple passed away. 

In the 19th Guangxu year (1893), funded by Chen Runfu, President of Shanghai Chamber of Commerce and the like, Daoists of the White Cloud Temple enlarged the Hall of the Three Pristine Ones ( 三清殿 Sanqing Dian ), the Hall of Patriarch Lü and the Hall of Patriarch Qiu, and expanded the area of the temple into a considerable dimension of 14 mu. The hall is divided into the front and the back parts. The middle line of the front part consists of the Hall of the Thunder Patriarch and the library; the eastern line consists of the guest rooms and the Hall of Patriarch Qiu; the western line consists of the dining room, the Hall of the Big Dipper, etc. The middle line of the back part is the Great Hall of the Three Pristine Ones; the southern is the Jiazi Hall; the northern is Hall of The Four Heavenly Ministers ( 四御殿 Siyu Dian ); the eastern is Hall of Salvation from Misery ( 救苦 Jiuku ); the western line includes the Hall of Patriarch Lü, The Jade Emperor ( 玉皇 Yuhuang ) Pavilion, and the Bells and Drums Pavilion, etc.

During the chaotic years between the end of the Qing dynasty and the Republic of China, the White Cloud Temple was depressed day by day and its management got in disorder. After the liberation, the purity of a Daoist temple was restored to the White Cloud Temple. But during the "Cultural Revolution", the temple was once again damaged, and all the scriptures, paintings and calligraphies collected were destroyed. 

After 1978, the Daoist nature of the White Cloud Temple resumed and all kinds of religious activities were conducted smoothly.



Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00

Address: No. 8, 100 Lane, Xilin Back Street, Shanghai City

Traveling route: go by city bus

Tele: 86-21-63775402

Questions & Answers or Review
* Full Name
* E-mail
* Title of your review
* Your review

The following Shanghai Private Tours may also interest you!

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession

Tour Style:This Shanghai day tour is specially designed by Shanghai private tour for people who are tight on time.Flexible on the start and finish time,includs all the must-see highlights in Shanghai.

View Details
From $55 p/p
Full-Day Shanghai Private Tour: Exploring Shanghai Splendid Highlights of Past and Present

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Old French Concession, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Lujiazui(For the panoramic view of the whole city if weather permits)

Tour Style:The past endowed Shanghai with treasure house of interesting and important cultural and historical sites while the new Shanghai leads the latest trends.Book this private 8-hour tour exploring Shanghai Splendid Highlights of Past and Present.

View Details
From $80 p/p
2 Days Shanghai Tour Package With Old and New Landmarks

Duration:2 Days,1 Night

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Tianzifang, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), Nanjing Road, The Bund, Boat cruise on the Huangpu river

Tour Style:This Shanghai Classic Two Days City Tour will show you an amazing Shanghai by visiting Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden&Old Market, the Bund to learn the city's history and culture.Besides, you will also go to Nanjing Road to experience the city's prosperity, to watch the panoramic view of the whole city etc. The tour is composed of half the impression of old Shanghai during 1920s to 1940s and half the new image of flourishing metropolis Shanghai today.

View Details
From $150 p/p
Shanghai Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town with Shanghai Highlights Day Tour

Duration:7-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden&Bazaar

Tour Style:Zhujiajiao is a well-known ancient water town with a history of more than 1,700 years and featured with rivers criss-crossing the village and hundreds of ancient buildings stand at the banks. This is a perfect tour that get away from Shanghai and see something cool.Enjoy the beautiful views around the Huangpu rivers and pay a visit to the Yuyuan Garden at the end.

View Details
From $80 p/p
Shanghai Night City Tour with Huangpu River Night Cruise

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Nanjing Road, The Bund, Night Boat Cruise on Huangpu River

Tour Style:Book this Shanghai Night City Tour with Huangpu River Night Cruise,you will have the chance to enjoy the amazing lights of Shanghai city and the amazing architecture at night.Experience an evening cruise on the Huangpu River and visit Lujiazui to marvel at Shanghai’s ever-expanding skylines.

View Details
From $45 p/p

Live Chat

Certificate of Excellence


China Private Tours-Day Tour

Your Idea of Your Trip
(> 11 years old)
(2 - 11 years old)
(< 2 years old)
Date of trip
Hotel Class
Any specific requests/interests?
Contact Information

(Your Privacy is Protected)

Full Name: *
E-mail: *
Your Age: *
Nationality: *
Contact Phone Number: *


1 to 1 tailor-made service from our professional travel advisors for the most sophisticated


Constantly excellent reviews for attraction, hotel and service Competitive price

Value Guarantee

Local experts provide quality tours Best selected knowledgeable local guides Authentic local restaurants

Stress-free Guaranteed

7*24 hours available to create you a worry-free tour. No Hidden Fees and absolutely no pressure to buy. Secured

Who choose us


We accept:

We accept


Copyright © 2017 Tripstoshanghai.com All rights reserved.