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Leifeng Pagoda

The original pagoda was built in 922 in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). It collapsed in 1924 due to years of lack of repair. The current pagoda was rebuilt in 2002to re-present the scene of "Leifeng Pagoda in the Evening Glow". It has an underground palace which contains a silver Asaka pagoda of the Buddha hair relics, a sitting statue of the Buddha on a lotus seat, and other precious relics. According to the folk legend, Lady Snake white was once confined in the pagoda.

Yue Fei Temple

The Yue Fei Temple or commonly known as Yuewang Temple is a temple built in honor of Yue Fei, a general of the Southern Song dynasty when the capital of China was in Hangzhou. The temple was first constructed during the Song Dynasty in 1221 to commemorate Yue Fei. The site includes Yue Fei's Temple, Loyalty Temple and Yue Fei's Mausoleum inside. The temple was reconstructed several times in later date. The tombs and the tomb sculptures in the temple all dates from the 12th century, and have been meticulously restored.

Six Harmonies Pagoda

The pagoda was originally built in 970 during the Northern Song Dynasty by Qian Hongchu, a king of the Wuyue Kingdom, in order to calm down the tide of Qiangtang River. It is a pavilion-style pagoda of brick and wood. With the height of 59.89 meters, the pagoda appears to have 13 floors from outside, but contains only 7 floors inside. On the top of the pagoda, you can gain a gorgeous view of the Qiantang River. Legend has it that both Wu Song and Lu Zhishen from the novel "Outlaws in the Marsh" died here.

Xiling Seal Engraver's Society

The society is located at the southern foot of Gu Shan (the Solitary Hill), covering an area of 30,000 square meters. It is a hall of arts which integrates the southern garden art with seal inscription masterpieces. Celebrities as Bai Juyi (In the Tang Dynasty), Su Dongpo (Northern Song Dynasty), Ding Jing and others of the "Eight Masters in Xiling" (Qing Dynasty), Yu Quyuan and Wu Changshuo (at the end of Qing Dynasty), Sha Menghai and Zhao Puchu (In the contemporary times), have left their calligraphies and paintings to the place.

Wansong Academy of Classical Learning

Wansong Academy of Classical Learning was the largest, oldest and most influential place for scholars to gather in Hangzhou in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Great scholars such as Wang Shouren in the Ming Dynasty, Qi Zhaonan and Qin Ying in the Qing Dynasty once gave lectures here. Many famous intellectuals such as Yuan Mei were educated here. The romantic love story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai makes Wansong Academy of Classical Learning well-known to the old and the young.

Former Residence of Hu Xueyan

Covering an area of 7,000 square meters, this residence was built around 1872 after three years’s construction, and now it is located at the most prosperous areainHefang Street, Hangzhou,and it is considered as an inherent part of the Historic Area of the Hefang Street. It was built in the ancient Chinese architecture style, but bigger and more luxurious, with many pavilions, booths, bridges, rockeries, ingenious brick and wood engravings, and its courtyards were decorated with numerous high class trees like purple sandalwood and gingko.

Cheng Huang Pavilion

Wushan is a prominent hill south of Hangzhou’s old city area. The hill is topped with a pavilion called Cheng Huang Pavilion (Pavilion of the City God). Legend has it that the City God once stood at the foot of this hill. This pavilion is magnificent and is a recent construction, having been built in the 1990’s. It has seven floors (ground floor included), equipped with an elevator.You can have an excellent bird’s eye view of the West Lake and southern Hangzhou here .

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