This temple was built some 1,600 years
ago on Jinshan Hill on a spot where gold
had been found. There are several
temple-buildings on the slope of the
hill. At its top the seven-storied
octagonal wooden Benevolence and
Longevity Pagoda (Cishouta) commands a
panoramic view of Zhenjiang. Keeping
Clouds Pavilion (Liuyunting), offers a
bird’s-eye view of Jinshan Hill and is a
popular spot for watching the moon at
the Mid-Autumn Festival.
There is a legend about this temple. A
white snake turned into a girl and
married a young scholar named Xu Xian.
Abbot Fa Hai tried again and again to
undermine their marriage. Out of
indignation, the white snake summoned a
deluge and flooded Gold Hill Temple.