Hangzhou, is one of the most important tourist cities in China because of its natural beauty and historical/cultural heritage. Its central point Xihu Lake surrounded by varies historical buildings including Jingci Temple.
Jingci Temple (Chinese: 净慈寺; pinyin: Jìngcí Sì) is located at the foot of Huiri Peak of Nanping Hill, in Hangzhou. It is the second prominent Buddhist temple around West Lake. Together with Lingyin Temple, it is called the jewel of the southern and northern hills. The temple was claimed as a national key Buddhist temple in 1983.
Its a very well visited temple with a long history. First incarnation was back in AD 954 by Qian Hongji (钱弘俶) of Wuyue Dynastry by a famous monk Yongming Yanshou. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt several times through out history. The majority of what is left today was built in 1980's with a newly forged copper bell, with 68,000 characters of The Lotus Sutra carved on its exterior. Its custom for visitors to the temple to ring the bell. Also the bell is used to end the old year and rung at the beginning of the new year, symbolizes harmony, happiness, stability and unification.
Also located in the grounds in the Main Hall, is Vairocana, “The Great Sun Buddha”, and behind him the figure of the “Crazy Monk” named Ji Gong.
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