Half-Day Hangzhou Buddhist Culture Tour

Hangzhou is a renowned tourism destination in east China, but it is also a must-visit place for Buddhists from all over the world. Buddhism was introduced to Hangzhou during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420) and flourished in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Most of Hangzhou's Buddhist temples, some dating back more than 1,000 years, are hidden in the mountains west and south of picturesque West Lake. Noted as "Buddhist Center in Southeast", Hangzhou is packed with various kinds of Buddhist temples.

per adult from

$158

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Duration

4 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel and railway station pickup and drop-off in Hangzhou downtown
    • Bottled water
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle
    • Private city transfer
    • Lunch/Dinner
    • Entrance Fee listed in the itinerary
    • Entry/Admission - Lingyin Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Jingci Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expense
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Lingyin Temple, No.1 Fayun Alley, Lingyin Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310013 China

    Today, your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Hangzhou or the Hangzhou train station with a sign.

    First, visit the Lingyin Temple & Fei Lai Peak or the Temple of the Soul's Retreat is one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples of China and the oldest Buddhist monastery in Hangzhou. It was founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (316-420) by an Indian monk name Hui Li and has a history spanning over 1,700 years. Located in a valley at the foot of Northern Peak and sheltered by forested hills and covered by lingering clouds, the temple, a haven of peace and tranquility, is also one of China's largest and most visited Buddhist temples and holds the largest statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni sitting on a lotus throne.

    After some renovation throughout the years Lingyin Temple now houses five halls but still retains some of its past magnificence through giant statues of heavenly kings, a hall of five hundred Arhats, intricately painted ceilings and woods boasting many ancient trees. Ineraction with eminent monk at the Lingyin Temple and have a Vegetarian Food for lunch at the Lingyin Temple.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Jingci Temple, No.56 Nanshan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310007 China

    Later, visit the Jingci Temple is located at Huiri Peak on Nanping Hill and is adjacent to Leifeng Pagoda. It is noted for its "Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill" — one of the "Top Ten Views of West Lake". As early as the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) Jingci Temple was regarded as one of the four famous Buddhist temples at West Lake and compared with the renowned Lingyin Temple, it is more serene, with fewer tourists but plenty of pious pilgrims.

    The temple's most recognised feature, the bronze bell, weighs over 100 kilogram in weight and is engraved with 68,000 Chinese characters all describing the Lotus Sutra, one of Buddhism's most important and influential sacred scriptures.

    After the sightseeing, your guide will arrange you to have a vegetarian lunch in the temple. Drive you back to your hotel or the Hangzhou Train Station and your Hangzhou trip ends.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up service is arranged at Hangzhou downtown hotel or Hangzhou train station.
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please provide round-trip train itinerary in "special requirement" block if pickup from Hangzhou Train Station is required
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by China Private Tours

Activity ID: V-6977P102

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