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Buddhist Center of Southeast Asia — Hangzhou Ⅱ 2017-07-12
Jingci Temple (净慈寺)
One of "Top Ten Views of West Lake" — Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill (南屏晚钟) is about this temple. Just like Lingyin Temple and Three Temples of Tianzhu Hill, Jingci Temple is an age-old temple with a history of over 1,000 years. Different from the above two temples hiding in a valley or on a hill, Jingci Temple is situated on the lively Nanshan Road — the renowned street of Hangzhou night life. The temple has an inconspicuous façade. Without paying much attention, one can easily miss it. The internal of the temple, however, is impressive, with the bell tower located just on the right of the temple gate. One can pay CNY 10 to strike the bell to see whether the bell really lives up to its name.


Opposite Jingci Temple is the reputed Leifeng Pagoda. After praying in Jingci Temple, it's also nice to climb up Leifeng Pagoda to have the fun of overlooking West Lake and enjoying the love story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian.

Xiangji Temple (香积寺)

First established about 1,300 years ago, Xiangji Temple has undergone several restorations. In the old times, it had a high reputation in Jiangnan Area (lands to the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River). During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368–1911), it was dubbed by the locals as "the first temple along the Grand Canal". Being one of the few temples in Hangzhou situated in downtown area, Xiangji Temples is surrounded by shopping streets and residential areas. For this, Xiangji Temple is relatively small in scale, but exquisite in design. Especially at night with lights on, the temple is shining brightly, greatly enhancing the night view of the Grand Canal.


Lying along the Grand Canal, the temple offers not only a place to worship Buddha, but a chance to enjoy the history and the scenery of the Grand Canal. In addition, around Xiangji Temple, Dadou Food Street and Shengli River Food Street are waiting for you to explore.

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