Temple of the Hidden Immortals, Hangzhou Linying Si
The Temple of the Hidden Immortals (Linying Si), 3km/2mi southwest of Jade Spring, dates from 326 BC and is one of the most famous temples in China. It is thought that in the 10th C there were some 300 buildings here housing 3000 monks. After having been destroyed during the Taiping Uprising (1851-64) the building was rebuilt.
Hall of the Celestial Kings
In the Hall of the Celestial Kings (Tianwang Dian) sits a sculpture of Maitreya and a wooden statue of Weituo from the Southern Song period (1127-1279). To the side can be seen the statues of the Four Celestial Kings.
Sumptuous Hall of the Great Hero
The Sumptuous Hall of the Great Hero (Daxiong Baodian) stands 33.6m/110ft high. Pilgrims come to pay homage to a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, 19.6m/64ft tall and made of 24 pieces of camphor-wood. Behind the statue can be seen a figure of Guanyin.
The Peak That Flew from Afar
The Peak That Flew from Afar (Feilai Feng) is separated from The Temple of the Hidden Immortals by a mountain stream. According to legend an Indian monk who came here in the year 326 asked ''In which year did this Indian mountain fly here? When Buddha was alive it was the favorite resting place of immortal souls.'' It was thus that the mountain and the monastery built in that same year both got their names.The mountain is riddled with numerous caves and niches, the latter containing about 380 Buddha statues which date back to the 10th C, the time of the Five Dynasties. The three oldest examples, dating from 951, can be seen on the east wall of the Qinglin Cave; one is of Shakyamuni, one of Avalokiteshvara and the third is a Bhaisajya (or ''Medicine Buddha'') statue.The largest sculpture on this peak is to be found on its northern slope; it is a Maitreya from the Song period (960-1279), wearing a satisfied smile and holding a rosary in one hand.
To the north of the Temple of the Hidden Immortals is North Peak (Beigao Feng), with steps leading up to it. From the top there is a superb view of West Lake and the surrounding scenery.