China Hangzhou-Pretty Pagodas: Liuhe, Leifeng, and Baochu
Just eight kilometers south of Hangzhou on the north bank of the Qiantang River, the exquisite 60-meter-high Pagoda of the Six Harmonies is well worth making the short commute to visit. Tracing its roots back as far as AD 970 to the former pagoda, believed to have stood 150 meters tall and to have served as a lighthouse, the present structure was built in 1899 with the original ancient brick core retained and covered in wood cladding (also of interest are the many replicas of other pagodas from across China). A climb to the top of the building, accessible via a staircase, is well worth the effort for its superb views over the Qiantang River and its 1,322-meter road-and-rail bridge, built in 1937. Also worth a visit is the city'sLeifeng Pagoda (Léi Feng Ta), a splendid five-story octagonal tower overlooking West Lake, which dates from AD 975, and the ancient stone Baochu Pagoda, perched atop Precious Stone Hill.
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