West Lake, Huaxiang Guanyu, Lingyin Temple, Peak Flown from Afar
Tour Code: TCT-Hangzhou-DT-01
Tour Type: Private Tour
Be picked up at the hotel lobby in the morning, you will then be transferred to a pier for the West Lake boat riding for 1hour. It's a good opportunity to relax and admire the surrounding view of rolling hills and elegant pavilions and bridges.
Disembark on Su Causeway and visit Huaxiang Guanyu (Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond), one of the Ten Scenes of the West Lake. After lunch, move on to visit Lingyin Temple and Peak Flown from Afar. After the visit, drive back to your hotel after the visits.
The West Lake is a like a shining pearl inlaid on the vast land of China, reputed for beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products. Legend has it that the West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth. Pragmatists insist that it is a mere lagoon on Hangzhou's western fringe. In any case, West Lake has inspired painters for centuries.
Lingyin Temple is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist monasteries in China. In front of it are the Peak That Flew Here and the Cold Spring. According to historic record, during the period of Eastern Jin dynasty (317 - 420 AD) Huili, an Indian Monk, came here and built the temple called "Lingyin"(326 AD) after the name of the mountain. And Emperor Kangxi (1662 - 1723 AD) of the Qing Dynasty, when he came here in a tour of inspection, gave it another name "Yunlin Buddhist Temple".
The Peak Flown from Afar in Hangzhou is famous for its beautiful scenery and stone carvings that are comparable with Dazu Stone Carving in Sichuan Province. In the caves and cliffs of peak, there are more than 470 stone statuses from Five Dynasties Period (907A.D. -960A.D.) to Yuan Dynasty. The name of this peak comes from a legend. It is that an Indian monk named Huili arrived in the valley 1,600 years ago and was surprised to see a peak so dissimilar from any other in the valley. He thought that the peak was flown over from India because the shape, although unique in China, was common in India.
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