The Leifeng Pagoda stands on the Leifeng summit of the Sunset Hill in the south of the West Lake, reflecting the Baochu Pagoda in the north. It is the oldest colorful bronze temple in China. From the top viewpoint of the pagoda, you can see the nearby Jingci Temple, enjoy the landscapes of the West Lake and even see the city of Hangzhou.
At dusk, the bright evening glow and the green mountains are reflected in the rippling lake and form a picturesque scene known as the ‘Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow’, one of the 10 scenarios of the West Lake.
The Leifeng Pagoda was built in 977 during the Taiping Xingguo period by the King of the Wuyue Empire to celebrate the pregnancy of his favorite concubine, Huangfei. Originally, it was called Huangfei Pagoda. But in 1120, during the Xuanhe period, the pagoda was heavily damaged by the war. Today one can examine the remains of the original pagoda below the newly built buildings.