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Lingyin Temple

No.1 Fayun Alley, Lingyin Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310013, China
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Ranked #6 of 236 attractions in Hangzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Owner description: Built in 326 A.D. at the foot of Lingyin Mountain, this temple features a main hall extending 33.5 meters in height, a statue of Sakyamuni carved out... more » Owner description: Built in 326 A.D. at the foot of Lingyin Mountain, this temple features a main hall extending 33.5 meters in height, a statue of Sakyamuni carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood and a laughing Buddha covered in gold. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We visited this temple on a hot and very crowded day but we still were able to really enjoy ourselves. The limestone carved Buddhas were so unique and the walk was at time quite. The temple is also very interesting and well worth the trip up, the cost, and the crowds. I would highly recommend spending a morning here if... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is my favorite temple in whole China. There is a beautiful promenade by the creek where you can see statues carved into the rocks. Also in this temple you can see the hall with all the saints in order of importance. Unfortunately, the temple was always crowded because there are a lot of tourists.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

there is one thing that I don't like about point of attractions in China is that, you have to pay entrance fee for the sites. Fine, we can pay for it. But, the entrance fee is only for enter into the area of attractions, not to the main attractions. Meaning, you are paying only the enter the surrounding area of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

On planing our trip to China, I honestly did not look much into Hangzhou. I thought chinese gardens...fine. The amazing surprise that I had!!! Talk about wonders!!! This place is one for enlightment, I wish I could spend more time here. The greeness and beautiful care that goes into it makes a fantastic place to enjoy the simple things in... More

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Suzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This site is one of the nicest I visited in China during my long stay for work there. Stone carvings from the 9th century, caves, colors and even the not so old temble around 1930 then rebuild after the revolution are very nice. BUT, we did not feel good because of the crowd, chinese people are used to push and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Definitely over crowded. I think only in China that one have to pay in order to offer prayer to Buddha. Have a hard time trying to hire a cab to leave that area.

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Appleton, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Incredible place, but much larger than we had thought. We were only in Hangzhou for the day and it was not enough time. Only got to spend 1-1/2 hours here. Would have liked at least 1/2 of a day here. Don't rush this place as there is a lot to see and it is worth a stop.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Like the feel of the temple but is crowded with summer travelers bring a lesser serenity need to a beautiful environment.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very calm and relaxing place , with lots of greeenery and shade . I really enjoyed it , even though im not buddhist . It is very big , beautiful and has a spiritual athmosphere . outside the temple is a rock carved with lots of buddhas and a creek . Buddhas insde the temple are in really good shape... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The temple was impressive for its history however due to its popularity it was EXTREMELY crowded. Impressive halls, and the highlight was being able to watch the monks at a prayer session, chanting their prayers. We were disappointed in the gift shop as we hoped there may be some local gifts for purchase (prayer beads and such) that were made... More

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