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Temple of the Soul's Retreat (Língyǐnsí)
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One of the major Zen Buddhist shrines in China, the Temple of the Soul's Retreat was founded in 326 by Hui Li, a Buddhist monk from India. He looked at the surrounding mountains and exclaimed, "This is the place where the souls of immortals retreat," hence the name. This site is especially notable for religious carvings on the nearby Peak That Flew from Afar (Feilai Feng). From the 10th to the 14th century, monks and artists sculpted more than 300 images on the mountain's face and inside caves. Over the centuries this shrine has changed due to wars and revolution. The main temple was restored in 1974 following the end of the Cultural Revolution. About 3 km (2 miles) southwest of West Lake, the temple and carvings are among the most popular spots in Hangzhou. To avoid crowds, visit on weekdays.
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