Guide Location: China » Hangzhou
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
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This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Hangzhou Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Buddhism remains one of China’s main religions. Hangzhou is home to numerous temples. Each of them has a powerful, centuries-long tradition and are still attended by many. The following tour gives visitors the unique opportunity to see some magnificent temples and pagodas.
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) West Lake PagodaThe West Lake Pagoda is a small structure with a magnificent view of the lake near which it stands. A popular tourist attraction, it is the perfect place to enjoy the serene beauty of...
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2) Qian Wang (Emperor Qian) TempleQian Wang Temple is a memorial to Emperor Wu Yue, who ruled the territory for 45 years. It has been renovated several times, the last one taking place in 2003. It has a magnificent view of the nearby lake. Not as crowded as other temples, it is the best place to visit and absorb its...
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3) Confucian TempleThese grounds have been the site of a Confucian temple since the Southern Song Dynasty. The temple that stands now dates back to the Qing Dynasty. An inscription in the main hall was made by Emperor Kangxi. Its walls and ceilings are decorated with traditional paintings found in Confucian temples and its bell set is a replica of the one found in the tomb of Marquis...
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4) Dong Yue TempleDong Yue Temple, a Taoist temple that was reopened in 1999, was built in 1322, dedicated to God Dong Yue. It contains the Department of Pity, Wealth and Sympathy. At the north part of the temple stands a museum devoted to history and past...
5) Yaowang TempleYowang Temple, built during the Yongchun Tang Dynasty in 683, underwent renovations in 1997. Covering an area of 10,000 square meters, it is known for its size and unique construction. It contains icons of important figures who helped develop Chinese...
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6) Chenghuang TempleChenghuang Temple, an impressive and beautiful five-story building, has spectacular architecture. Inside you will find a museum and a tearoom. This temple also has a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding...
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7) Leifeng PagodaLeifeng Pagoda is a five story tall tower with eight sides, located on Sunset Hill south of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Originally constructed in the year AD 975, it collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002, since when it has been a popular tourist attraction. The original pagoda was built during Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, at the order of King Qian Chu. It was built to celebrate the birth of Qian Chu's son, born to his Huang Fei.
The Leifeng Pagoda was an octagonal,...
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8) Jingci TempleJingci Temple is located at the foot of Huiri Peak of Nanping Hill. It is the second prominent Buddhist temple around West Lake. Together with Lingyin Temple, it is called the jewel of the southern and northern hills. The temple was claimed as a national key Buddhist temple in Han's area by state council in 1983.
Jingci Temple was initially called "Huiri Yongming Temple". It was first built in AD 954 by Qian Hongji of Wuyue Dynastry for a famous monk Yongming Yanshou. In South...
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