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Evening Sunlight at Thunder Peak Pagoda (Léifēngxīzhào)

Evening Sunlight at Thunder Peak Pagoda (Léifēngxīzhào) Review

On the southeastern shore of West Lake is the Evening Sunlight at Thunder Peak Pagoda. Local legend says that the original Thunder Peak Pagoda was constructed to imprison a snake-turned-human who lost her mortal love on West Lake. The pagoda collapsed in 1924, perhaps finally freeing the White Snake. A new tower, completed in 2002, sits beside the remains of its predecessor. There's a sculpture on each level, including one that depicts the tragic story of the White Snake. The foundation dates to AD 976 and is an active archaeological site, where scientists uncovered a miniature silver pagoda containing what is said to be a lock of the Buddha's hair; it's on display in a separate hall. The view of the lake is breathtaking, particularly at sunset.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 15 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou, 310007
  • Phone: 0571/8798-2111
  • Cost: Y40
  • Hours: Daily 8 am–8:30 pm
  • Location: Hangzhou
Updated: 03-19-2013

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