Visitors will be allowed on September 21 from 1pm to 4pm and September 22 and October 1 to 3 from 9am to 4pm. Ten visitors will be allowed to enter the ower for 20 minutes at a time.
Tickets to Longhua Pagoda (second from the right in the Shanghaiist logo) are RMB 100 and proceeds will go toward the pagoda’s renovation, which hopefully won’t be made more of a necessity by all the tourists. To that end people wearing high heels won’t be allowed inside (which eliminates a large chunk of female Chinese tourists). Leave your lighters and knives (and children shorter than 1.4 meters) at home, too — a lot of the pagoda is made of wood.
Longhua Temple, 2853 Longhua Lu. Tel: 6456 6085. Open daily, 7 am-4 pm. Getting there: Subway Line 1 to Caobao Lu and walk (15 minutes). Or taxi (15-20 RMB from city).
Photo of Longhua Pagoda at sunset from Gallivant images.