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The Liuhe Pagoda

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Six harmonies pagoda, or Liuhe, the most significant architectural landmark of Hangzhou, as it embodies the combination of traditional Chinese style with the fundamentals of the Buddhist concept of the harmony of nature and man. There is a pagoda at the bottom of the hill Youngsan and attracts large number of tourists from all over the world.

The construction of Liuhe refers to 970, when China was flourishing reign of the Northern song dynasty. As the material of the ancient masters used red brick and wood, able to retain moisture. Each tier overlaps a roof of gray shingles, and curved the ends hanging bells that perform both symbolic and utilitarian function. On the one hand, bells warned of the danger the inhabitants of the city, and on the other protect Hangzhou from evil spirits. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, the pagoda served as the main source of the expression by the elements of sky, fire and all corners of the world.

In 1121 Liuhe was almost completely destroyed, but in the year 1165 the Emperor of the southern song dynasty ordered the reconstruction of the building, the result of which was a 60 metre building with 13 floors. As such, the pagoda can be seen at the present time. Tourists can go inside the building, and review in detail a unique wall painting, climb to the top tier, where there are stunning views of present-day Hangzhou. Special attention is given a picturesque, green area created around Liuhe.