This temple makes a nice change from the agressive tourism I have found at most of the local Buddhist temples. Its also very historic and has links to some important Daoist texts as well as people. The hill itself is called Ge Hill after the noted alchemist Ge Hong who lived at the site of the temple well before it was founded. He was famous for his work trying to produce a elixir of eternal life. Needless to say he didn't succeed. He did however write the Baopuzi which catalogues many of the receipes he collected. The word Baopuzi supposedly means something akin to peaceful person or patient person and the temple certainly has that feel to it. Very ofetn is quite, just the temple gaurdians and monks/monkettes. If you go around the back there is usually a congregation of old men with their song birds playing cards which is often noisier. There are at least four sections of the temple to explore though you really would benefit from a guide since it is difficlt to decipher the iconography in each section. There is not even anything written in English and its a shame since there are clearly many stories to be told here. I would say this is one of the highlights of Hangzhou and I have been there many times. I hope I will get to go there again before I leave.
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