Jin Hill

Last updated by xiaoyanzi at 2014/5/17

Brief introduction of the scenic spot

Jinshan sightseeing route:

Jiangtian Buddhist Temple——Xiyang (Sunset) Pavilion—— Kwan-yin Pavilion—— Lengjia Platform——Foyin Mountain House——Jinshan Four Treasure——Ci Temple Tower——Ancient Fahai Cave——Liuyun Pavilion——Miaogao Platform——Qifeng Pavilion——White Dragon Cave——Zhaoyang Cave——Ancient Spirit Cave——Jade Belt Bridge——Imperial Wharf——Guo Pu Tomb——The First Spring under the Heaven

Jiangtian Buddhist Temple at the doorway of the Jinshan Temple, look up and you will see the tablet of “Jiangtian Buddhist Temple”, which was inscribed by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty when he accompanied Queen Mother to the Jinshan Temple for pray. Jiangtian Temple is the present Jinshan Temple, which has been an ancient temple of Zen Buddhism enjoying a reputation at home and abroad since antiquity. It was built in the East Jin Dynasty, about more than one thousand and five hundred years removed from modern times. It was first named Zexin Temple and Jinshan Temple at the beginning of the Nan and Tang Dynasties. The temple has a grand scale. During its meridian period, it had more than three thousand Buddhist monks and tens of thousands of monks. During the Qing Dynasty, Jinshan Temple ranked with Putuo Temple, Wenshu Temple and Daming Temple as the four famous temples of China.

Fahai Cavealso called Peigong Cave. It is on the cliff below the west of the Cishou Tower. Now in the cave stands a statue of Fahai and at the mouth of the cave hangs a horizontal tablet “Ancient Fahai Cave”. The Fahai Cave is the place where Pei Toutuo, also called the Zen master Fahai, who is the founder of the Jinshan Temple, performed penance. The White Dragon has the stone statues of the White Snake and Green Snake.

Miaogao Platformalso called Drying Scripture Platform. “Miaogao” is a free translation counterpart of “Xumi” in Sanskrit. According to the Records of Jinshan written by Liu Bian, “Miaogao Platform is behind the Jialan Hall; it was built by the monk Foyin chiseling a cliff during the Yuanyou Period of the Song Dynasty; it is more than ten zhang high; there is a pavilion upon it; it is also called Drying Scripture Platform.” It has gone through rises and falls for many times. The monk Shizhong of the Ming Dynasty and Xue Shuchang of the Qing Dynasty had successively rebuilt it. In 1948, it was ruined by fire together with the grand hall of the Jinshan Temple and the Scripture Collection Building. Now only the site of the platform is left. The Miaogao Platform was also a good place to admire the moon at that time. There is a tale going around there that Su Dongpo, a famous writer of the North Song Dynasty, once admired the moon here.

Nanleng Spring, the first spring under the heaven, also called Zhongleng Spring. Nanleng Spring is merely one li west of the Jinshan Mountain. It has won a reputation in the country since the Tang Dynasty. The first spring used to be in the river with the Jinshan Mountain. During the period of Xianfeng and Tongzhi’s reign in the Qing Dynasty, it went ashore with the Jianshan Mountain. According to the records, the spring used to be in the river, whose water came from the west and was blocked by the Shibu Mountain and the Hu Mountain. Therefore, the flow of water had twists and turns and was divided into three Lengs (It means a bend of a river. The three Lengs are Nan Leng, Zhongleng and Beileng). The spring was below the middle bend of the river and therefore it was called “Zhongleng Spring”. Moreover, since it was located to the southwest of the Jinshan Mountain, it is also called “Nanleng Spring”. It was evaluated as the first spring under the heaven by Lu Yu of the Tang Dynasty. The south cliff of the stone railings is carved with characters of “the first spring under the heaven”.

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You may get there by taking bus route 2 and 104.

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Opening Hours:
07:30-16:30

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Recommended time for a visit:One day


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