Lingyin Temple is one of the wealthiest monasteries in China and an important site for both pilgrims and tourists. It was founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty by an Indian monk named Huili, who believed the nearby Feilai Peak must be the home of immortals.
Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum
The first museum in China dedicated to pottery and porcelain lies at the foot of Tortoise Hill, in the southern part of the West Lake Scenic Area. It was built over the remains of Jiaotanxia Official Kiln and recalls the architectural style of the Southern Song Dynasty.
China National Tea Museum
China has a rich tea culture that has developed over thousands of years. The National Tea Museum is in Longjing Village, west of the Lake. Opened to the public in April 1991, it is a nationally-ranked museum documenting China’s history as the birthplace of tea.
China National Silk Museum
Another nationally-ranked museum on the southern bank of the West Lake, the National Silk Museum is the largest professional silk museum in the world and the first of its kind in China.
Museum of Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicines
The Museum of Hu Qing Yu Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine is located in Dajing Lane at the foot of Wu Hill in Hangzhou. Besides documenting the unique history of Chinese medicine, the museum also houses a functioning pharmacy where visitors can further their understanding of traditional remedies.