Since Qiantang River lies right at the foot of the pagoda, one can see every single rise and fall of tide waves, and hear the sound of tidal waves clearly on top of the pagoda.
Brief of Hearing the Tidal Bores at Liuhe Pagoda
To the west of the West Lake and on the northern bank of Qiantang River (钱塘江), stands on the Moon Disc Hill (月轮山) an ancient multi-layered wood-and-brick pagoda. That s the Pagoda of Six Harmonies (Liuhe Pagoda). It s one of the landmarks of Hangzhou. Since Qiantang River, which is famous for its spectacular tidal waves, lies right at the foot of the pagoda, one can see every single rise and fall of tide waves, and hear the sound of tidal waves clearly on top of the pagoda.
There are two kinds of interpretation of the name—Six Harmonies. One is that the name is related to six codes of Buddhism. Six Harmonies mean the harmonies of body, mind, speech, opinion, wealth and abstinence from temptation. The other goes that Six Harmonies refer to the harmony of four directions (east, west, south, west), heaven and earth.
Pagoda of Six Harmonies is 59.89 meters in height. Its construction style is rather sophisticated. Although viewed from outside, it appears to be a thirteen-storey pagoda, it only has seven interior stories. Inside the pagoda, there is a spiral staircase leading to the top floor and upon each of the seven ceilings are carved and painted figures including animals, flowers, birds and characters etc.