From atop Zhèngdìng’s South Gate, you can see the silhouettes of four distinct pagodas jutting prominently above the sleepy town. Remnants of a traditional skyline in China are an unusual sight, and these are an excellent example of the country’s former architectural ingenuity. Nicknamed the town of ‘nine towers, four pagodas, eight great temples and 24 golden archways’, Zhèngdìng seems to have misplaced (or miscounted) a number of the original 45 monuments, but it nevertheless retained the magnificent Dafo Temple, which is enough to make up for having lost all nine towers.
The through ticket (tōngpiào; Y60) gets you access to all sights except Linji Temple. Opening hours are from 8am to 6pm.