Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Shanghai China Temple

Status unknown; groundbreaking not announced




5 April 2020

Construction Status

The current status of the Shanghai China Temple is unknown.

Temple Use

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.

Temple Design

The Shanghai China Temple will be modest in appearance and designed to fit and be consistent with local custom and the surrounding environment.

Temple Rendering

No renderings of the Shanghai China Temple have been publicly released.

Temple Site

No site location for the Shanghai China Temple has been officially announced.

Temple Announcement

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

Temple Facts

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).

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at General Conference," 5 Apr. 2020.

Hong Kong China Temple
48th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; interior and exterior renovations underway