On the shore of the Qiantang River stands the historic symbol of Hangzhou: the Liuhe Pagoda, also known as Six Harmonies Pagoda. The 7-storey, 60-metre-tall structure has been towering over the river for over a thousand years. From the hill top, the pagoda stands watch over the unpredictable river waters.
You can climb the Liuhe Pagoda and from the top you will enjoy the views that have been praised in song and verse by many Chinese poets and scholars. The many niches depict images from the Sutra of the Forty two Sections – the first Buddhist text ever to be translated from Sanskrit into Chinese. Although various elements from Yuan architecture have been added to the tower, the pagoda is regarded as an architectural masterpiece of the Song dynasty. The surrounding grounds boast beautifully landscaped gardens.