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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Lingyin Temple Hangzhou
April 12, 2008. After tea plantation, we went to visit the Lingyin Temple and Flying Peak. In the caves on the Feilai Hill( Flying Peak), there are some over 300 Buddhist stone carvings with a long history back to the Five Dynasties, the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). These grandeur carvings has high artistic value. With solemn mountains and tall trees circling the temple, the Lingyin Temple is a spectacular site with lots of cultural relics.

The Lingyin (Souls Retreat) Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist Temples in China. It was constructed in 326 at the foot of Lingyin Mountain by an Indian monk named Huili with a history of more than 1,600 years. The temple has the Front Hall, the Hall and the Hall of Herb Masters. China’s largest wood-carving of sitting Buddha Sakyamuni sits in the Magnificent Hall.The main hall is 33.6 meters in height. The main hall is one of China's highest one-story buildings. In the main hall there is a statue of Sakyamuni carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood,lies 19.6 meters in height in the main hall. In the font hall there is a laughing Buddha carved in camphor wood and covered in gold.

We had dinner today on the second floor at Lily Hotel. After dinner, we went to see the long-expected performance - West Lake Impression, a fantastic show designed by the most famous film director - Zhang Yimou. It tells the story of the legend" White Snake", the household folk love story in China. Everybody was moved and touched by the performance. Impression West Lake - a unique outdoor performance in a natural stage setting. Located at the scenic Yue Lake of the West Lake area in Hangzhou, and in harmony with its world famous landscape, Impression West Lake is the most beautiful outdoor theater with natural mountains and water as its backdrop.

After the tea plantation, we drove to Linying Temple. Opposit the entrance is the wall with the four Chinese charactors literallly meaning" a step away from the heaven"
After the tea plantation, we drove to Lingyin Temple. Opposit the entrance is the wall with the four Chinese charactors literallly meaning" a step away from the heaven".

Pose before the entrance to Linying Temple
Pose before the entrance to Lingyin Temple

On the way to Flying Peak and Linying Temple
On the way to Flying Peak and Lingyin Temple

Charlie was talking about the crazy monk - Monk Jigong
Charlie was talking about the crazy monk - Monk Jigong. He was once a monk at Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou. He had an eccentric behavior which broke the traditonal code for monastics. But he had a nice heart and was always ready to help others. Different from a traditonal Buddhist monk, he ate meat and drank wine.

It was the rock bed once used by Jigong Monk. To touch the bed is supposed to bring us the good luck
It was the rock bed once used by Jigong Monk. To touch the bed is supposed to bring us the good luck

The tree resembles the Chinese word"心". Many people would like to take pictures there.
The tree resembles the Chinese word"心". Many people would like to take pictures there.

Take care!
Take care!

Charlie was explaining the cuture and history behind the rock carving
Charlie was explaining the cuture and history behind the rock carving

On the way to Linying Temple
On the way to Lingyin Temple

One of the four kings in the sky
One of the four kings in the sky

The Temple
The Temple

People were burning incense
People were burning incense

The highest wooden stature of Sakyamuni in China
The highest wooden stature of Sakyamuni in China

Guanyin - one of the four buddhas below Sakyamuni
Guanyin - one of the four buddhas below Sakyamuni

Grouo photo near the exit to Yinling Temple
Grouo photo near the exit to Yinling Temple

Dinner at Lily Hotel
Dinner at Lily Hotel

People were enjoying their dinner at Lily Hotel
People were enjoying their dinner at Lily Hotel

West Lake Impression Show
West Lake Impression Show

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