Before reaching the Lingyin Temple, visitors will pass through this long line of grotto and religious rock carvings on the Peak Flying From Afar. As we continued along a wonderful walkway, we bought another ticket (RMB 30 per person) for the admittance to the Lingyin Temple, which is located on the right side before the temple's entrance gate.
The Lingyin Temple also known as either "Temple of the Soul's Retreat" or "Temple of Inspired Seclusion" was constructed in 326 AD at the foot of Lingyin Mountain and has a history of over 1,600 years. It is one of the most famous Buddhist temples of China. The temple consists of three grand halls such as the Heavenly Kings Hall, the Great Sage Hall and the Medicine Buddha Hall.
Upon entering to the temple complex, the first thing that you will see is the impressive 60-feet height of the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, which is a double-eaved building. The principal Buddha here is the is Matreiya or also known as the Laughing Buddha.
Then we walked up the cement stairway to the another pavilion which is the Medicine Buddha Hall.
Medicine Buddha Hall
We came upon to the Grand Hall of the Great Sage which is triple eaved and stands 33.6 metres tall. In the middle of the hall, there is a statue of sakyamuni with 24.8 meters high and is carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood.
The Grand Hall of the Great Sage
long trees on the courtyard of the temple
at the back of the Grand Hall of the Great Sage
a statue of Guanyin
devotees praying and burning incense sticks
Sauntering through the temple complex, we also came upon to the Preaching Hall, Huayan Hall 500 Arhats Hall and Master Daoji Hall. There are also some historic and cultural relics such as old-aged Buddhist figures, stone sutra pagoda, stone pagoda, imperial stele, paintings and calligraphy in the temple.
Overall, the serenity and the natural surroundings coupled with a congenial weather made our tour enjoyable and relax. Feeling the mist just rejuvenates us and the cool breezing air had a tranquilizing effect on us.
This is one of the tourist attractions that should be at the top of everyone's list if you're in Hangzhou, China. For those interested, it is much better to visit the Lingyin Temple and the Peak Flying From Afar during the cool season when the atmosphere is perfectly awesome.