Pagoda of Six Harmonies

There are three famous pagodas in Hangzhou, Leifeng Pagoda, Baochu Pagoda, and Pagoda of Six Harmonies. Among the three, Pagoda of Six Harmonies is known for its majesty and local people described it as a General.

The Pagoda of Six Harmonies stands on the Moon Disc Hill,where people can overlook the Qiantang River. The pagoda was built in 970 AD when Hangzhou was the capital of the Southern Song. It's one of the most prominent wood-and-brick structures of ancient China architectures and also the perfect place to enjoy the superb view of Qiantang River and the grandeur Qiantang River Bridges. 

How was it named Six Harmony Pagoda? There are two explanations of Six Harmonies. One is that the name is related to six codes of Buddhism. Six Harmonies mean the harmonies of body, mind, speech, opinion, wealth and abstinence from temptation. The other goes that Six Harmonies refer to the harmony of four directions, east, west, south, west, together with heaven and earth. 

The Pagoda of Six Harmonies is 59.89 meters in height. Its construction style is rather sophisticated. Although viewed from outside, it appears to be a thirteen-storey pagoda, it only has seven interior stories. Inside the pagoda, there is a spiral staircase leading to the top floor and upon each of the seven ceilings are carved and painted figures including animals, flowers, birds and characters etc.