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Liu He Pagoda and Tiger Spring

Liu He Pagoda

This structure, otherwise known as The Pagoda of Six Harmonies, was built in AD 970, during the Song Dynasty. It was erected by adherents of the Buddhist religion in an attempt to protect the town from devastation by the equinoctial tides. The pagoda fell into ruin a few hundred years later and was replaced by the structure that now stands on the site. The present pagoda is thus about 800 years old.

The pagoda has 13 “roofs” but only seven floors, with a redwood exterior covering the stone interior. The “six harmonies” relate to tenets of the Buddhist religion and embrace speech, body, opinion, mind, wealth, and abstinence from temptation.

A terrace has been built around the base of the pagoda and allows the visitor a good view of the Qian Tang River and double-decker badge nearby.

Tiger Spring

The legend suggests that the site was originally established by a monk who was impressed by the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings, However, the place had no water. One night he dreamed that two tigers clawed at the ground and water rushed forth. When he awoke next morning he went out and found the spring, thus giving he place its name.

The water has remarkable surface tension and you can easily float a great many Chinese nickel coins on it. You can also drop large numbers of the coins into a bowl of the water and they will not cause it to overflow. The added height of the meniscus is about a quarter of an inch. Ask your guide to demonstrate the qualities. It is also known for its fine tea-brewing qualities and its natural sweetness,

The old Hu Pao Temple has now been converted to a tearoom where you can sit admiring the view and sip the famous Long Jing tea brewed with Tiger Spring water.

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