Liuhe Tower

Attraction 之江路16号, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Sheng, 310012, China Published on: 02-08-2016

2 hours
06:30 AM - 05:30 PM
08:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
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Cultural
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Landmark
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Liuhe Ta, Six Harmonies Pagoda, was once a seven-storey stone pagoda, but later a 13-story wooden pagoda was built around the outside enclosing the wooden structure.

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Why Liuhe Tower is special ?

Liuhe Ta, (Six Harmonies Pagoda) is located on Yuelun Hill overlooking the Qiantang River, and south of West Lake (Xi Hu) and is one of the true masterpieces of ancient Chinese architectures. Originally the pagoda was built during the Northern Song Dynasty (386-581) by the ruler of the Wuyue State, a part of which became Zhejiang Province. The name 'Liuhe' comes from the six Buddhist ordinances and it is said that the reason for building this pagoda is to calm the tidal waters of the Qiantang River, and as a navigational aid. However, the pagoda was completely destroyed during a battle in the year 1121.


The current pagoda was constructed of wood and brick during the Southern Song Dynasty (420-589), and subsequently, during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644 -1911), additional exterior eaves were added to the pagoda.


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What to explore at Liuhe Tower?

It is octagonal in shape and some 59.89 meters (196 feet) in height, it also has the appearance of being a thirteen-story structure, though it only has seven interior stories. There is a spiral staircase leading to the top floor and upon each of the seven ceilings are carved and painted figures including animals, flowers, birds and characters. Each story of the pagoda consists of four elements, the exterior walls, a zigzagged corridor, the interior walls and a small chamber. Viewed from outside, the pagoda appears to be layered-bright on the upper surface and dark underneath. That is a harmonious alternation of light and shade.

Elegant pavilionUpon ascending the pagoda, visitors will have a spectacular view of the Qiantang River Bridge spanning the surging tides of the Qiantang River. Near by the Six Harmonies Pagoda an exhibition center detailing ancient pagodas in China was set up in recently upon Yuelun Hill. So visitors can visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda and then learn of the various ancient pagodas architectural styles to be found within China.

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How to get to Liuhe Tower?

- Bus Route: K808, K599, 504, Tourism Bus No. 5

Selling points

  • “Great view and garden surrounds of the Pagoda”
  • “Breath-taking - literally!!”
  • “Beautiful sunset!”
  • “Very impressing ”
  • “Great walked to the top”
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
33.57 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • Would recommend you to take pictures on the 4th or 5th floor because the 6th floor is too crowded with tourists
    Photography
  • If you want to visit the Pagoda, make sure you walk there along the West Lake. When you arrive you can already take some beautiful pictures outside.
    Experience
  • Remember wear long trousers for there are many mosquitoes.
    What to wear
  • Lots of steps to climb you need to be fit to climb
    Safety
  • Liuhe Tower is very close to West Lake, Leifeng Tower and Song Dynasty Town, so you're highly recommended to visit them on the way.
    Things nearby
  • Liuhe Tower is a wonderful place for appreciating the tidal bores of Qiantang River, which are extremely spectacular during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
    Events
  • Inside you can walk up the stairs to the Pagoda and on each floor you can admire the view
    View
  • Looking out from the top of this tranquil and solemn pagoda, one can see the most beautiful sunset.
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Reviews

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This tower is one of the most attractive place to visit in Hangzhou, that is, when the tower was open to public. We visited it in July, and it was closed (the tower itself). You still can get into the park surrounding the base of the tower (need to pay small fee), but the tower is closed. They renovate it every 10 years or so. When it is open again it will be one to visit.

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This was pretty cool. I just wish we were able to go inside. It's under construction right now. But the views are nice once you get up there.

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Six Harmonies Pagoda is an iconic Hangzhou landmark and stands out from the rest.The pagoda is climbable (quite easily so and affords you great views of the south of the city. The tower itself is very interesting and much different than others in China. It is definitely worth an hour or two of your life. Having lived in Hangzhou for a year, I would say it is one of the best attractions the city has to offer.

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This tower is one of the most attractive place to visit in Hangzhou, that is, when the tower was open to public. We visited it in July, and it was closed (the tower itself). You still can get into the park surrounding the base of the tower (need to pay small fee), but the tower is closed. They renovate it every 10 years or so. When it is open again it will be one to visit.

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