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Gold Hill Temple

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.