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Lingyin Temple

About 2 kilometers from West Lake lies one of the most ancient and famous Chan Buddhist Temples, named Lingyin Temple, one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Chinese history, which is famous for its Buddhist statues nestled into grottoes along the Cliff of the “Peak Flying From Afar.” According to legend, the famous landmark flew all the way to China from India, and “Crazy Monk” - whose name was to eventually become known to every household in China - once practiced Buddhism there. During the Qing Dynasty, whenever the emperor ventured out towards the southern region of the Yangtze River, he would come to Lingyin Temple to practice meditation.