Jingci Zen Monastery
East of the Su Causeway along the shore of West Lake, set against the hillside across the road from the Leifeng Pagoda, is the peaceful...
Topped with a golden spire, the eye-catching Léifēng Pagoda can be climbed for fine views of the lake. The original pagoda, built in AD...
China Silk Museum
Close to the lake, this museum has absorbing displays of silk samples, and exhibits explain (in English) the history and processes of...
Mingtown Youth Hostel
The hostel's lovely bar area is one of the most chilled-out spots in town, with comfy sofas, sensuous music, great atmosphere and a roof...
Jìngcí Temple information
The serene Chan (Zen) Jìngcí Temple was originally built in AD 954 and is now fully restored. The splendid first hall is home to the massive and foreboding Heavenly Kings and a magnificent red and gold case encapsulating Milefo (the future Buddha) and Weituo. The main hall – the Great Treasure Hall –contains a simply vast seated effigy of Sakyamuni. Hunt down the awesome 1000-arm Guanyin (千手观音) in the Guanyin Pavilion, with her huge fan of arms. The temple’s enormous bronze bell is struck 108 times for prosperity on the eve of the Lunar New Year. Vegetarian restaurant attached.