Liuhe Pagoda or Six Harmonies Tower is a tall multi-storied pagoda in southern Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Positioned on the Qiantang River, on the foot of Yuelun Hill, the pagoda was in-built 970 AD throughout the northern Music dynasty however destroyed in a conflict. It was then rebuilt and ruined a number of extra instances. The present wooden and brick construction dates to 1152.
Being one of many spectacular masterpieces of historic Chinese language architectures, Liuhe pagoda attracts 1000’s of vacationers yearly. The 196.5 toes tall pagoda has 13 tales outdoors and seven tales inside. The six harmonies refers back to the 6 instructions (heaven, earth, east, west, north and south) in addition to the six rules of Buddhism. A shiny lamp put in within the prime may served as a lighthouse.
The pagoda was initially constructed by the ruler of the Wuyue State (which is an space that now develop into part of Zhejiang province). It’s also believed that one of many cause for constructing Liuhe pagoda is to calm the tidal waters of Qiantang River in addition to to develop into a navigational help. Throughout the night time, lanterns had been lit virtually in every single place within the pagoda in order that boats and ships on the Qiantang River might see the constructing and use it as a navigation tower. You can too see 104 giant iron bells held on its flying eaves as this was performed to keep off dangerous spirits who answerable for the heavy tides which had induced a lot flooding earlier than dykes had been lastly constructed.
Each story of the pagoda consists of 4 components; the inside partitions, the outside partitions, a zigzagged hall and a small chamber. This octagonal tower additionally has a spiral staircase which ends up in the highest ground. Every of its seven ceilings are carved with painted figures akin to birds, flowers, animals and characters. When the pagoda is considered from the surface, it could seems to be layered-bright on the higher floor however darkish beneath. That’s harmonious alternation of sunshine and shade.
Should you climb to the highest of the pagoda, you’ll be able to see a gorgeous and spectacular view of the Qiantang River Bridge spanning the surging tides of Qiantang River. There may be additionally an exhibition middle close to the pagoda that shows many particulars about different vital historic pagodas in China together with all of the details about their architectural type. That gallery is often known as the Pagoda Park.