Shanghai China Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:5 April 2020
The Shanghai China Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
The Shanghai China Temple will be open only to Chinese citizens who hold a valid temple recommend, including Chinese citizens living in Hong Kong or Macau with a Mainland Travel Permit. Expatriate members (non-Chinese citizens) will not be permitted in the temple.
The Shanghai China Temple will be modest in appearance and designed to fit and be consistent with local custom and the surrounding environment.
Renderings of the Shanghai China Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Shanghai China Temple.
President Russell M. Nelson's feelings were tender when he announced plans for the first temple in the Chinese Mainland on April 5, 2020. He said: "For more than two decades, temple-worthy members in the People’s Republic of China have attended the Hong Kong China Temple. But in July 2019, that temple was closed for long-planned and much-needed renovation. In Shanghai, a modest multipurpose meeting place will provide a way for Chinese members to continue to participate in ordinances of the temple—in the People’s Republic of China—for them and their ancestors." The legal status of the Church in China requires expatriate and Chinese congregations to meet separately. As such, attendance at the Shanghai China Temple will be limited to Chinese members who hold a valid recommend. President Nelson explained: "In an initial phase of facility use, entry will be by appointment only. The Shanghai Temple will not be a temple for tourists from other countries."1
The Shanghai China Temple will be the first temple built in Mainland China and the second built in China, following the Hong Kong China Temple (1996).
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at General Conference," 5 Apr. 2020.