Climb to the top of the Ci Yun Pagoda for lovely views of Taihu Lake, the Beimayang River and the ancient town of Zhenze glowing at sunset.
A temple has stood by the Di Tang River since the 13th Century, when the Guang Ji Temple was built at this site. The Emperor of China granted it the name of Cin Yun Temple in 1457. Unfortunately, the original structure was destroyed in 1860, and the temple was later rebuilt by silk merchants in 1924. The Ci Yun Pagoda, located within the temple complex is a must visit for its incredible history and beauty. There are several fascinating legends associated with this pagoda which is believed to be named after the Emperor Huizong's daughter, princess Ci Yun. The hexagonal structure extends over 5 floors, and features traditional elements like Nanmu pillars, copper bells on every corner and a Buddhist shrine decorated with floral motifs and exquisite carvings. The heritage complex of temple, pagoda, river and bridge exemplifies the harmony of man with nature as a cohesive whole; it is one of the best examples of religious architecture in the region.
Address:Zhennan 1st Road, Zhenze, Souzhou, 215200