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  • Hours: 7am - 6:15pm
  • Admission: CNY 30

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Lingyin Temple

Also known as the “Temple of the Souls’ Retreat,” Lingyin Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in all of China. The temple was founded in 328 by the Indian monk Hui Li and it is said that he sought out this spot for the solace that is found in this corner of the Wuling Mountains. His ashes are now buried in a stone pagoda at the temple and he also bestowed an adjacent limestone peak with the name of Feilai Feng, a term which loosely translates to “peak flown from afar.” So similar was the mountain to those found back in his native India, Hui Li is said to have concluded that the only logical explanation was that the mountain had transported itself overnight from India to the outskirts of Hangzhou.

Modern day visitors to Lingyin Temple will enjoy ambling among the picturesque grottos and examining the hundreds of intricate Buddhist carvings. One such carving, the 82 foot (25 meter) tall, camphor wood carving of Sakyamuni is believed to be largest wood-carved Buddhist statue found anywhere in the world.

As you enter the temple through the “Hall of the Heavenly Kings” the first two things which become apparent are the intoxicating smell of incense and the ornately painted phoenixes and dragons which fly across the entryway ceiling. At the nearby “Hall of 500 Arhats” the floor is laid out in a Buddhist swastika pattern where 500 seated bronze arhats—Buddhist spiritual practitioners—gaze down onto the visitor from above. At the center of the hall a towering bronze structure which holds four bodhisattvas is reputed to be one of the tallest solid bronze structures found anywhere in the world.

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Private Tour: Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour

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This comprehensive full-day tour of Hangzhou delivers you by private vehicle to notable highlights: Take a boat ride around the UNESCO-listed West Lake, view ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: Approximately 6-8 hours

From USD $85.00

Hangzhou Your Way: Private Half-Day Hangzhou City Transport with Guide

Create your own Hangzhou sightseeing schedule while enjoying private transportation around the city! You’ll have the flexibility to explore at your own pace ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.99

Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Take in a full day of Hangzhou’s elegant landscapes on this sightseeing tour with a local guide. Explore Lingyin Temple, a secluded Zen retreat near Feilai ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.49

Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience Hangzhou your way with this private transfer service around the city. Create your own sightseeing itinerary and enjoy the flexibility to explore at ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.99

Private Tour: West Lake, Linyin Temple and Dragon Well Tea Terrace

A full day tour will take you to the most famous lake in China, Hangzhou’s West Lake with your private English-speaking guide. Experience the Lingyin Temple ...  Read more

Location: Hangzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.00

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