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Lingyin Monastery

Hangzhou, China

Visit Lingyin Monastery. The Lingyin Monastery (Monastery of Soul's Retreat) at the foot of Lingyin Mountain, is one of the 4 famous Monasteries at West Lake and one of the 10 best known Buddhist temples in China.

Facing the Flying Mountain and standing beside the springs, the Lingyin Monastery was set up by Indian monk, Huili in 326 AD, Eastern Jing Dynasty (317-420). During Empress Wu Zetian (684-705AD), the Lingyin Monastery owned its fame. There are many poems related to Lingyin Monastery by famous poets in the Tang and Song Dynasty. 

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