The great famous Lingyin Temple (literally "Temple of Soul's Retreat") stands between Peaks of Feilai and Peaks of Beigao at the northwest of the West Lake Scenic region, Hangzhou. Lingyin is one of the legendary Buddhist temples in the Yangtze River Delta Region and it is praised for its close tranquil atmosphere.
Buddhist Lingyin Temple is renovated based on the renewal during the late Qing Dynasty, the layout of the temple is roughly akin to the style of temple planning in the Yangtze River Delta. There are the Hall of Heavenly King, the Great Buddha’s huge Hall and the Hall of Medicine Master in a appropriate order on the axle wire of Lingyin Temple.The world history of Lingyin Temple can be traced back to about 1600 years ago. At that time, an great Indian monk Huili came to Hangzhou and was moved by the attractive hill landscape and good natural location.
In the middle of the Hall of Heavenly King, a large statue of Maitreya, the fat Buddha with a friendly smile but wearing a garment that does not cover the breasts, is very striking. Inside of the other niche which has his back to the entry, that is the Cinnamomum camphora statue of Dharma Protector Skanda with a history of more than 700 years. The Great Buddha's Hall is the major hall of Lingyin Temple.