The tall Pagodas amidst breathtaking mountains and trees, is a typical picture that comes to mind when you think of ancient China. Renowned in art and poetry, this picture comes to life in many parts of China, of which the Yinshan Pagoda Forest stands out in lustrous glory. The Yinshan Pagoda forest is a combination of unmatched scenery and an array of exquisite and ancient Pagodas. Located in the southwest of the Haizi Village, the pagoda forest is illuminated by the Yinshan mountain also known as the silver mountain that comes to life especially in the winter months. The mountain tips made of clear black granite has a beautiful contrast with the sheer white snow. Blanketing its surface are a series of Oak, Pine and cypress trees that does wonders adding color to the mountain.
The pagoda forest is situated in the South of the mountain and dates back to the Sui Dynasty that exited sometime in 500 AD. Since then it was a sacred spot to the Buddhists and many temples were housed here that were followed by a series of Pagodas. Historians believe that in the past the area was so popular that the Pagodas found here were simply countless but over time several pagodas as well as temples have been ruined.
Today 18 different Pagodas exist at the location. Out of the 18, 7 are built at the original temple area and are the most renowned. The Pagodas show distinct architecture characteristic to the era in which they were constructed. The lama pagodas built in the Yuan Dynasty tower up to almost a 100 feet and boast beautiful hexagonal and octagonal structures. Inside the Pagodas it is a world in itself. Adorned by exquisite Buddhist carvings and pavilions this is certainly one place that must be explored.
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