Feilai Feng (Hangzhou)


Like all the most popular tourist attractions in China, there’s a host of conflicting stories about how the towering Feilai Feng (Fēilái Fēng, 飞来峰) got its name. Translating as the “Peak Flown From Afar,” the most popular legend tells of an Indian Monk who chanced upon the 209 meter rock some 1,600 years ago, and assumed it must somehow have come from India given how similar it was to the peaks in his homeland. Whatever the truth in that, it’s certainly a rather special place today, and affords wonderful views over the surrounding countryside (if you can see past the hordes scrambling up there with you).
The Lingyin Temple, which is also set on the mountain was established by the same monk, a man named Huili, in the fourth century, and the surrounding hillside is dotted with grottoes and caves, filled with hundreds of Buddhist statues and symbolic rock carvings dating back over a thousand years, including one statue no less than 18-meters tall.
The Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty wrote the name of the peak in 1681, which was carved into the cliffside.


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