Hangzhou, a heavenly city, is world-known for its picturesque scenery and abundant culture. But few people know that in Hangzhou there are also a large number of marvelous religious buildings worth a visit which shine not only for their religious culture and long history, but also for their architecture.
Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺)
Situated in the east of West Lake at the foot of Lingyin Mountain, Lingyin Temple is confronted with Peak Flying From Afar and backed by Northern Peak. Surrounded by forest and clouds, it was then bestowed the name "Yunlin Temple" by Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). “Yun” refers to cloud in Chinese, and “lin” means forest. Built in 326, it's one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in China and one of the "Top Ten Ancient Temples of China".
Grand Hall of the Great Sage
Lingyin Temple mainly consists of three halls — Hall of the Heavenly Kings (天王殿), Grand Hall of the Great Sage (大雄宝殿) and Hall of the Medicine Buddha (药王殿). These three halls were constructed along the axis which stretches up the Lingyin Mountain in three layers. In the main hall — Grand Hall of the Great Sage, there is the statue of Sakyamuni (释迦牟尼founder of Buddhism), which is 24.8 meters high (including the pedestal). It is the largest woodcarving sitting statue of Buddha in China. Also in the temple, there is the 12.62-meter-high Lingyin Bronze Canopy which has been listed into the Guinness World Records.
12.62-meter-high Lingyin Bronze Canopy
Add: No.1 Fayun Lane, Hangzhou (杭州市法云弄1号)
Baopu Taoist Temple (抱朴道院)
Built on the original site of Baopu Hut where the famous alchemist of Jin Dynasty (265–420) — Ge Hong (葛洪) made elixirs, Baopu Taoist Temple is located halfway up Ge Hill (葛岭). In ancient times, Baopu Taoist Temple was renowned as one of “Top Three Taoist Temples Around West Lake”. Among the twenty-one Taoist Temples open to the public in China, it’s the only one located in Hangzhou.
Baopu Taoist Temple
"Baopu" is the Taoist name of Ge Hong which means adhering to the true doctrine of Taoism”. Featuring southern courthouse style, Baopu Taoist Temple is enclosed by the yellow wall built according to the landscape of Ge Hill. As it resembles an undulating yellow dragon, it was then called Dragon Wall. The main hall of Baopu Taoist Temple is Immortal Ge Hall (葛仙殿), where is enshrined Ge Hong. In the east of Immortal Ge Hall are Hongmei Pavilion (红梅阁), Baopu Hut and Banxian Tang (半闲堂). The woodcarving gallery in Hongmei Pavilion is a draw. In the courtyard there are a well and a terrace for making elixirs, and a stele about Ge Hong.
Add: Halfway up Ge Hill, Hangzhou (杭州市葛岭半山腰)
Tel: 86-571- 87981201