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Ancient Pagodas in Hangzhou 2017-05-11
An ancient pagoda is not only a unique structure but it is also an indispensable part of a city’s history and culture. Every pagoda in Hangzhou has witnessed a part of history. Many of these pagodas have survived time and war and are still standing proudly to narrate to us the history of Hangzhou.

Pagoda of Six Harmonies




Pagoda of Six Harmonies – Hangzhou Ancient Pagodas

Pagoda of Six Harmonies, standing on Yuelun Mountain on the bank of the Qiantang River, is one of China’s best-preserved wood and brick structures. It was originally built in the year 970 (when Hangzhou was the capital) to suppress the tides of the Qiantang River but was later rebuilt in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The pagoda is 59.89 meters high and features a seven-storey brick interior and a wooden exterior of eight facets and thirteen storeys. The pagoda stands proud like that of a magnificent general.


Address: 16 Zhijiang Road, Xihu District

Baochu Pagoda



Baochu Pagoda – Hangzhou Ancient Pagodas

Baochu Pagoda was said to have been built by the uncle of Qianchu, the last ruler of the Wuyue Kingdom. He built the pagoda to pray for the safe return of Qianchu, who nobody had heard from after he was summoned by Emperor Taizu of the Song Dynasty. Baochu, means blessings for Qianchu.


Address: Precious Stone Hill, Xihu District

Huayanjing Pagoda



Huayanjing Pagoda – Hangzhou Ancient Pagodas

Huayanjing Pagoda is located at the mountain top of Solitary Hill and is the highest point of Xiling Seal-Engravers’ Society. The pagoda has eleven floors and is an octagon-shaped structure built on a Xumizuo (a foundation used to place Buddha statues.) Every floor is engraved with upturned eaves from which hanging bells play a beautiful song whenever a breeze passes them by.


Address: Inside Xiling Engravers’ Society

Twin Stone Pagodas in Lingyin Temple



Lingyin Temple – Hangzhou Ancient Pagodas

A path flanked by ancient trees in the middle of a special courtyard in Lingyin Temple leads to the main hall across the terrace on which stands two twin stone pagodas. They are octagonal shaped with nine floors and were put up in 960 by the king of Wuyue to honor the Grand Monk Cheng Ming. The Buddhism images decorating these pagodas bear the artistic style of the Five Dynasties.


Address: Inside Lingyin Temple
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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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