The Lingyin Temple
The Lingyin Temple, is located in the west end of the West Lake, founded in 326AD, is regarded as the most recognized temple in Hangzhou with a long history of about 1,700 years. In the Eastern Jin dynasty, a monk from Western India, named Master Huili, travelled to Zhejiang area. He pondered the presence of a mountain with distinct craggs, “This is a small peak in Lingjiu Mountain of India, when did it arrive here? This looks like a resting place for celestial being at the time of the Buddha... ” For this, he set up a temple before the mountain and named it “Lingyin”. Lingyin Temple covers an area of 87000 square meters, a central axis with Heavenly Kings Hall, the Mahavira Hall, Medicine Buddha Hall, and the Avatamska Hall.Bodhisattava statue in the Hall of the Heavenly Kings dates back to the period of Tang Dynasty--engraved from 24 huge camphorwoods, 24.8m high with a dignified, majestic appearence. The visiting of Lingyin Temple usually take about 1-2 hours.