Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou (must see)
The Leifeng Pagoda was an octagonal, five-story structure built of brick and wood and with a base built out of bricks. During the Ming dynasty, Japanese pirates attacked Hangzhou. Suspecting the pagoda contained weapons, they burned its wooden elements, leaving only the brick skeleton, as can be seen from Ming paintings of the West Lake. Leifeng Pagoda was one of the ten sights of the West Lake because of the Legend of the White Snake. As for whether there was a mausoleum below, this was debated for years until finally radar was used to investigate. On March 11, 2001 the mausoleum was excavated and many treasures were found, most notably a gold and silver coated hair of the Buddha.
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Leifeng Pagoda on Map
Walking Tours in Hangzhou, China
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Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
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