Last Update: 9th October 2020
Facing Feilai Peak and backed by Beigao Peak, Lingyin Temple was originally built in 326. It is situated around 7 kilometers northwest of West Lake. The founder was Monk Huili who came from the West India. During the Shunzhi Period(1638 – 1661), the then abbot – Lingyin raised money to rebuilt the temple. Through the hard work of 18 years, the temple was expanded to the largest temple of its kind in Southeast China.
- Chinese Name: Lingyinsi (灵隐寺)
- Area: 8.7 hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Adventure, Buddhism
- Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Buddhist Believers
- Time required: 2 – 3 x Hours
Home to 119 species of birds and more than 20 species of mammal animals, West Lake offers more than 620 trees which are more than 100 years old. Some of them are rare in China.
The Broken Bridge is the most famous compare to other bridges in the area. Originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), the bridge is a great point to appreciate snow views in winter. Ice on the same side with the sun melts in the sun while some of the ice on the other side of the bridge is still frozen, which makes for distinctive views.
Originally built in 977, Leifeng Pagoda was to worship the hair relics of the Buddha. Some cultural relics excavated under the original pagoda are on display at the existing one. The pagoda in the golden sunlight of the sunset is picturesque as well.
Su Causeway is spanned by 6 single-hole stone arch bridges. It was built by Su Dongpo (1037 – 1101), a poet when he was the prefect of Hangzhou. The views along the 3-kilometers-long causeway is the most attractive. Green and long willow branches blow with breeze, birds sing in the tree and the sunset covers the lake with golden color.
If interested, you can visit one or two museum near West Lake. West Lake Museum introduces history and culture on the lake through nature, folk customs, geology and other aspects while China National Silk Museum tells the development of silk in China through the related tools, pictures, exquisite modern and traditional silk clothing, etc.
If you’d love to enjoy a quiet environment, the best time to visit is in the morning.
The best months to visit are from April to October.
You can take Bus 7, 807, Tourist Bus 1, 2, or Bus 4 to the Stop of Lingyin (灵隐站). Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle to the temple.
- Opening hours: 07:30 – 17:30
- As at 9th October 2020, the entrance pricing to Feilai Peak is 45 CNY per person; children under 1.4m tall (1.4m not included) are free of charge.
- The entrance pricing to Lingyin Temple is 30 CNY per person; children under 1.4m tall (1.4m not included) are free of charge.
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- As the temple is located behind the Feilai Peak, tourists are required to get the entrance ticket for the peak at first if they would like to visit the temple.
- Tourists can visit the peak area fro free prior to 05:30 am.
- The temple may be very crowded during public holidays.