"Lei Feng Pagoda" Hangzhou Things to Do Tip by touraco

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The pagoda became a household name in China thanks to the popular folk tale, "The Legend of the White Snake", a touching love story about a girl who changed into a snake and a young man. The story has been repeatedly adapted for traditional operas and also for modern movies and TV series.

In the story, the couple are separated by an evil old monk with magical powers, who had the snake girl imprisoned under the Leifeng Pagoda for years. She is finally rescued by her son who caused the collapse of the pagoda.

In reality, the pagoda was almost destroyed by the Japanese during the invasion between 1522- 66 and later superstitious people took bricks from the pagoda and took the grounded powder of the bricks for curing diseases. So finally in 1924, the foot of the pagoda was dug hollow and it collapsed. The reconstruction of the place was only announced in November 2000 and completed in October 2002.

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  • Written Feb 4, 2007
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