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Top Temples and Pagodas in Hangzhou

Top Temples and Pagodas in Hangzhou

Despite being a massive, modern city of over six million people, Hangzhou still features a large number of ancient-style temples and pagodas where visitors feel as if they’re stepping back into the China of old. Here are a few not to be missed.

Lingyin Temple

This fourth-century temple, also known as the Temple of Soul’s Retreat, ranks among the most important Chinese Zen Buddhist shrines. Lingyin is perhaps best known for the 300 statues that monks and other artists carved over the centuries from the rocks and grottoes of the neighboring Peak Flown from Afar.

Six Harmonies Pagoda

Situated southwest of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed West Lake (Xihu), Six Harmonies Pagoda (aka Liuhe Pagoda) is an octagonal structure first constructed in the 10th century. It once served as a lighthouse for vessels on the Qiantang River. Today a narrow staircase leads to a viewing area affording excellent views of the surrounding area.

Leifeng Pagoda

Some of the best views over West Lake are from the top of the golden-spired Leifeng Pagoda. Originally built in the 10th century, the five-story, eight-sided pagoda has been modernized with conveniences like an elevator to the top of the tower.

Jingci Temple

While not as well known as Lingyin, this 10th-century Zen Buddhist temple has been fully restored to its original splendor, complete with a forged copper bell and carvings of the 68,000 characters of the Lotus Sutra on its facade. A massive seated statue of Buddha sits within the Great Treasure Hall.

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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

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Set out on a scenic drive around Hangzhou’s UNESCO-listed landscapes on this private full-day sightseeing tour and enjoy a fully-customizable itinerary. Cruise around the mist-shrouded West Lake, one of China’s most memorable natural wonders, and stroll around the Flower Harbor Park. Visit the famous Lingyin Temple, sample traditional tea at the Meijiawu Tea Village and stop for lunch in a local family home (own expense).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.38
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Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple

Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple

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Enjoy a full-day tour with an experienced guide to explore the highlights of Hangzhou. Visit Lingyin Temple, one of the most renowned Buddhist temples in China, and see intricate Buddhist carvings in numerous grottoes. Then head to Dragon Well Tea Plantation where you drink tea in a shaded pavilion with spectacular views. Finally, take a scenic cruise on West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then stop at Red Carp Pond. Enjoy great photo ops on a tour that includes transportation by climate-controlled coach with hotel pickup and drop-off, and lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.99
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Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

Hangzhou Your Way: Private Full-Day Hangzhou City Transport

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Discover the city Marco Polo famously called ‘paradise’ on this private full-day tour of Hangzhou, including hotel pick-up. Capture photos of the glittering West Lake; admire the unique rock formations of Feilai Mountain; and see landmarks like Lingyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda and Six Harmonies Pagoda. After lunch (own expense), discover the history of China’s silk trade at the fascinating National Silk Museum, then stroll down the lively shopping street of Qinghefang.
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  • 8 hours
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$172.71
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$172.71
Price varies by group size