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Feilai Peak

The PeakFeilai Peak also named Lingjiu Peak is another highlight of Lingyin Temple. It stands in front of Lingyin Temple. It features 345 carved Buddhist statues made in the Five Dynasties Period (907 AD - 960 AD), Song (960 AD -1279 AD) and Yuan (1279 AD -1368 AD) dynasties. These statues of Lama Buddhism are the most precious among them and regarded as the gem in statue carvings of China.

There are many legends about the name of Feilai Peak. One of the legends says that an Indian monk nameed Huili, on his arrival in the valley, was surprised to see a mountain towering in the valley. He wondered aloud "when did a mountain fly all the way from India to this place?" - Hence the name.

Feilai Peak is a pure limestone mountain of 209 meters (about 700 feet) tall with large stones scattering along the peak to resemble animals like a flying dragon, a running elephant, a crouching tiger, and a fleeing monkey. A pavilion named Cui Wei to immortalize the national hero Yue Fei who contributed greatly in the war against Jin Tribe during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) stands on the other side, which was destroyed many times before the large restoration of 1942. The current pavilion keeps its old face with fresh paint.

The caves of Feilai Peak shelter about 330 stone statues dating from the 10th to the 14th centuries. The statues appear in various poses ranging from standing, to sitting and sleeping. The Laughing Buddha, sitting on the cliff along the stream with exposed breast and belly, may be a favorite one. Local legend has it that the peak had destroyed many villages before it settled down in Hangzhou. In order to prevent the peak from causing more damage, over 500 Buddha statues were caved out of the peak to suppress it. Therefore, there are many BuddhaCarved Buddhas statues here. Consequently, the water-eroded caves in the peak are regarded as the very birthplace of many local legends.

 

Feilai Peak Tour

In 1993, a new site named "China Grotto Art Garden" was set up around the Feilai Peak beauty spot. These unparalleled Chinese classical rock carvings have attracted thousands of professionals and aficionados in the fields of engraving and grotto research flock to this place to study.