Jingci Temple bell

20 July 2009

The original bell at the Jingci Temple was lost after the temple fell into disrepair between the Song and Qing dynastries. In 1986, a new bell was cast. The bell weighs 10 tonnes and is 3 metres high. The outside of the bell is carved with the 68,000 Chinese characters of the Lotus Scriptures.

At the Chinese New Year the bell is rung 108 times to welcome in the New Year, symbolising harmony, happiness, stability and unification. To be the first to ring the bell in the new year is a highly sought after honour. On other days, visitors may pay to ring the bell for themselves, which is said to bring happiness.

Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill is one of the Ten Scenes of the West Lake.

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