Feilai Feng


Feilai Feng is a mountain located in West Hangzhou. An early Chan (Zen) temple was established here by Hui Li, an Indian Buddhist monk, in 326 AD. Destroyed and rebuilt many times, and severely damaged during the mid-19th century Taiping Rebellion, the temple was saved from the Red Guards in the 20th century by Zhou Enlai. Its surviving statues, some free-standing but many more carved into the slopes of the mountain, date back to the Song and Yuan dynasties. Three free-standing statues, two bodhisattvas and a buddha, are shown here.

The mountain is called Feilai Feng, "The Peak That Flew From Far Away," because its shape supposedly reminded Hui Li of a mountain near his home in India.