Lingyin Temple Tours

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Lingyin Temple is one of the oldest and most famous Buddhist temples in China and a top attraction in Hangzhou. Situated at the foot of Lingyin Mountain and surrounded by forest, Lingyin Temple is known for its tranquil setting, spiritual atmosphere, and numerous pagodas, grottoes, and Buddhist relics.
 
The Basics
Lingyin Temple, aka the “Temple of the Soul’s Retreat,” was founded in AD 326 and has been rebuilt many times since then. First, pass through Feilai Feng, or Flying Peak, which has hundreds of Buddhist statues carved into the hillside, along the river, and inside caves and grottoes. Be sure to visit the main halls of the temple, including the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, and the Hall of the Buddha of Medicine.
 
Lingyin Temple can be visited independently, but many visitors appreciate the extra insight offered by a guided tour. Most day tours of Hangzhou, including those from Shanghai, include Lingyin Temple and other top attractions, such as West Lake and Leifeng Pagoda. Customize which attractions you visit with a private day tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • You must enter Flying Peak before you can access Lingyin Temple. Admission fees are required for both.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of ground to cover for both Linyin Temple and the Flying Peak area.
  • Flash photography is not allowed inside the temple.
  • There is a vegetarian restaurant inside the temple and a number of restaurants nearby.
 
How to Get There
Linyin Temple is located at No. 1 Fayun Lane, Lingyin Road in the Xihu District of Hangzhou. From Hangzhou Airport, take the shuttle bus (departs every 30–40 minutes) to Hangzhou Railway Station. From there, take bus nos. Y2 or K7, and get off at the Lingyin stop. Taxis are the most direct way of getting to the temple.
 
When to Get There
Lingyin Temple is extremely popular, especially during weekends and public holidays, and can see thousands of visitors a day when busy. Visit early in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat.
 
Lingyin Temple Highlights
Find the Maitreya (Future) Buddha, manifested as the Laughing Buddha, and the Skanda Bodhisattva, the temple’s oldest statue at more than 800 years old, in the Hall of the Heavenly Kings. The ornate ceiling has paintings of dragons and phoenixes. Gaze at the giant gold-plated statue of Shakyamuni on a lotus flower in the Grand Hall. It's one of the largest wood-carved Buddhist statues in the world at more than 80 feet (24.4 meters) tall.
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Private Tour: Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour

Set out on a scenic drive around Hangzhou’s UNESCO-listed landscapes on this private full-day sightseeing tour and enjoy a fully customizable itinerary. Cruise around the mist-shrouded West Lake, one of China’s most memorable natural wonders, and stroll around the Flower Harbor Park. Visit the famous Lingyin Temple, sample traditional tea at the Meijiawu Tea Village and stop for lunch in a local family home (own expense) in Amanfayun Village.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: West Lake, Linyin Temple and Dragon Well Tea Terrace

Discover the treasures of Hangzhou on a private full-day tour that includes visits to Lingyin Temple, West Lake and Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Start with a sightseeing cruise on UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake, then walk around Lingyin Temple, one of China’s most celebrated Buddhist temples, featuring numerous grottoes decorated with Buddhist rock carvings. After lunch, stop at Dragon Well Tea Plantation and taste fine green tea while sitting on a shaded pavilion with views over the fields. Includes private vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Private Tour: Classic Hangzhou and Tea Culture Day Trip

Enjoy a private tour that showcases the fine tea of Hangzhou along with top attractions in the area. Start with a boat cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to Lingyin Temple, known for impressive Buddha statues, and see the caves of Flying Peak, which also has hundreds of statues. After lunch, discover one of the region’s most famous teas, dragowell tea, also known as longjing tea. Visit the China National Tea Museum and Meijiawu Tea Village to learn about the renowned tea’s production.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple With Lunch

Enjoy a full-day tour with an experienced guide to explore the highlights of Hangzhou. Visit Lingyin Temple, one of the most renowned Buddhist temples in China, and see intricate Buddhist carvings in numerous grottoes. Then head to Dragon Well Tea Plantation where you drink tea in a shaded pavilion with spectacular views. Finally, take a scenic cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then stop at Red Carp Pond. Enjoy great photo ops on a tour that includes transportation by climate-controlled coach with hotel pickup and drop-off, and lunch included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

Discover the city Marco Polo famously called ‘paradise’ on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou, including hotel pick-up. Capture photos of the glittering West Lake; admire the unique rock formations of Feilai Mountain; and see landmarks like Lingyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda and Six Harmonies Pagoda. After lunch (own expense), discover the history of China’s silk trade at the fascinating National Silk Museum, then stroll down the lively shopping street of Qinghefang.
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Private Day Tour: Hangzhou, Meijiawu Tea Village, and West Lake Cruise from Shanghai

Visit Hangzhou and a tea village on this private 9-hour trip from Shanghai. Travel to the historical city of Hangzhou and enjoy a cruise on West Lake, admiring the surrounding mist-cloaked hillsides, pavilions, and willows. After a Chinese lunch, explore Meijiawu, a traditional tea farming village nestled in emerald slopes. See the teahouses and sample the local Dragon Well tea before returning to Shanghai. Entrance fees, lunch, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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