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Hangzhou Leifeng Pogoda

Introducing Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda guide, Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda Travel Guide
Article from Hangzhou Municipal Commission of Tourism

Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda is an octagonal five-storied wood-and-brick pagoda located on Sunset Hill south of West Lake. Hangzhou Leifeng Pagodas is the landmark of Hangzhou which is of great historical and cultural importance, and noted as one of Ten Scenes of West Lake, as well as has a deep connection with popular legends.

History of Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda

The original pagoda was erected in 975 AD during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. It was constructed at the order of Qian Chu---- king of Wuyue, in celebration of the birth of his son by one of his favorite concubines, Huangfei. Therefore it was called Huangfei Pagoda at that time.

During the Ming Dynasty when Japanese pirates invaded Hangzhou, they set the whole pagoda on fire for suspecting a Chinese army of having hidden in it. The fire destroyed the pagoda’s wooden elements, leaving only the brick skeleton.

Later, superstitious people believed that the bricks of this time-honored pagoda had special magic which could prevent diseases. And they took bricks from its lower stories as a talisman which weakened the pagoda, and led to its collapse on September 25th, 1924. However, due to its great importance, Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda was rebuilt in 2002 according to original style and meanwhile preserved its remains at the base of the new Leifeng Pagoda. Since then Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda has been a popular tourist attraction.

Legend of Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda

About Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda Leifeng Pagoda, there is this beautiful folklore worth mentioning---Legend of the White Snake. It is an age-old folklore which has developed into many versions. The most popular version goes like this: The benevolent boy -- Xuxian saves a little white snake from a snake-catcher and sets it free. In order to return his favor, the white snake transforms into a girl named Bai Suzhen and meets Xuxian on the Broken Bridge. The two fall in love with each other instantly and get married. However, such a relationship is forbidden by the laws of nature. After Bai Suzhen gives birth to a boy, she is captured by a monk and imprisoned in Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda. Twenty years later, the gods of Heaven are moved by her son's filial piety and let the pagoda collapse. Bai Suzhen is finally freed from Leifeng Pagoda and reunites with her husband and son.

Quick Facts on Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda

• Name: Hangzhou Leifeng Pagoda
• Location: 15 Nanshan Road
• Phone: +86-571-87982111
• Dates: Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (975 AD)
• Best Time to Visit: March to April; May to October
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1.5 Hours
• Opening Hours: 8:00-19:00 (Mar 16 to Apr 30); 8:00-17:30 (May 1 to Oct 30)
• Admission Fee: CNY40

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