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Lingyin Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Chan sect located north-west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. The temple's name is commonly literally translated as Temple of the Soul's Retreat. It is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Budddhist grottoes.

The monastery is the largest of several temples in the Wulin Mountains , which also features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the Feilai Feng.

The monastery was founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty by monk Hui Li, who came from India. From its inception, Lingyin was a famous monastery in the Jiangnan region. At its peak under the Kingdom of Wuyue (907-978), the temple boasted nine multi-storey buildings, 18 pavilions, 72 halls, more than 1300 dormitory rooms, inhabited by more than 3000 monks. Many of the rich Buddhist carvings in the Feilai Feng grottos and surrounding mountains also date from this era.

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West Lake is a famous fresh water lake located in the historic center of Hangzhou, the capital of

West Lake is 4.59 km from Lingyin Temple

Tai-hu is the third largest freshwater lake of China, below in size Lakes Poyang and Dongting, si

Taihu Lake is 113.62 km from Lingyin Temple

Tiger Hill Pagoda: The pagoda stands on the hill's summit and is the Pagoda of the Yunyan Temple.

Tiger Hill Pagoda is 120.73 km from Lingyin Temple

Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun'an County, Zhejiang, China, formed since the comp

Qiandao Lake is 121.46 km from Lingyin Temple

A famous Song Dynasty poet, Su Shi said, 'It is a lifelong pity if having visited Suzhou you did

Tiger Hill is 129.77 km from Lingyin Temple

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