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Lingyin Temple

The Basics

Lingyin Temple, aka the “Temple of the Soul’s Retreat,” was founded in AD 326 and has been rebuilt many times since then. First, pass through Feilai Feng, or Flying Peak, which has hundreds of Buddhist statues carved into the hillside, along the river, and inside caves and grottoes. Be sure to visit the main halls of the temple, including the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, and the Hall of the Buddha of Medicine.

Lingyin Temple can be visited independently, but many visitors appreciate the extra insight offered by a guided tour. Most day tours of Hangzhou, including those from Shanghai, include Lingyin Temple and other top attractions, such as West Lake and Leifeng Pagoda. Customize which attractions you visit with a private day tour.

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Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street
Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street
$153.38 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Really great way to explore the area in a short amount of time!
My boyfriend and I visited Hangzhou for the first time and only had 2 days. We spent the first day on this tour and Nancy was fantastic. She knew so much about the towns and was very personable. We learned a lot about the village and the stories, and Nancy was able to advise us for what to do for our second day as well.
Jaimie_Z, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Hangzhou

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Private Tour: Ultimate Hangzhou Sightseeing Tour
liming725, Nov 2019
Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street
The full day tour is well planned and the tour was conducted in a relaxed mode. The tour guide Bonnie and the driver are both friendly. Bonnie is able to converse with the group in both Chinese and English which was helpful.
star-5
Not a wasted moment!
Johnson F, Oct 2019
Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street
Everything was well planned and coordinated. We visited all the major points of interest and had a delightful and delicious lunch. Nancy and the driver were superb and took care of all our needs and requests. Definitely a five-star day and team!
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Ultimate service and helpful
MaryLouise_W, Aug 2018
Hangzhou Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Tea Village & Hefang Street
We were late for our arrival and the Viator team was FANTASTIC is being patient and finding us in a very crowded train station in Hangzhou. Our tour guide Bonnie had IMPECCABLE English and a sunny disposition that made our day delightful. She also was quite knowledgeable about local Hangzhou culture and current Alibaba information, which was quite fascinating. We would ask for Bonnie next time for sure!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You must enter Flying Peak before you can access Lingyin Temple. Admission fees are required for both.

  • Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of ground to cover for both Linyin Temple and the Flying Peak area.

  • Flash photography is not allowed inside the temple.

  • There is a vegetarian restaurant inside the temple and a number of restaurants nearby.

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How to Get There

Linyin Temple is located at No. 1 Fayun Lane, Lingyin Road in the Xihu District of Hangzhou. From Hangzhou Airport, take the shuttle bus (departs every 30–40 minutes) to Hangzhou Railway Station. From there, take bus nos. Y2 or K7, and get off at the Lingyin stop. Taxis are the most direct way of getting to the temple.

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When to Get There

Lingyin Temple is extremely popular, especially during weekends and public holidays, and can see thousands of visitors a day when busy. Visit early in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat.

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Lingyin Temple Highlights

Find the Maitreya (Future) Buddha, manifested as the Laughing Buddha, and the Skanda Bodhisattva, the temple’s oldest statue at more than 800 years old, in the Hall of the Heavenly Kings. The ornate ceiling has paintings of dragons and phoenixes. Gaze at the giant gold-plated statue of Shakyamuni on a lotus flower in the Grand Hall. It's one of the largest wood-carved Buddhist statues in the world at more than 80 feet (24.4 meters) tall.

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