Hanshan Temple is believed to have been founded during the Tianjian era (502-519) of the reign of Emperor Wu of Liang, in the Southern and Northern Dynasties period. The current name of the monastery derives from HanShan, the legendary monk and poet. Hanshan and his disciple Shide are said to have come to the monastery during the reign of Emperor TaiZong Of Tang Dynasty (627-649).
say hello our SuZhou local tour guild Alex is giving us some history lecture about the temple (cute?? does he resemble one of the HK actor??)
I didn't climb up the Pagoda as there is a lot of tourists there at that time, here is the scene up the pagoda photos from witch,
Source: All 4 photos is from witch
Hanshan Temple is famed in East Asia because of the poem "A Night Mooring by Maple Bridge", by Tang Dynasty poet, Zhang Ji. The poem describes the melancholy scene of a dejected traveller, moored at night at Fengqiao, hearing the bells of Hanshan Temple:
didn't manage to capture this poem as there is lot of other tourists gather around it taking photos
The poem goes like this
江楓漁火對愁眠。- Under the shadows of maple-trees a fisherman moves with his torch;
姑蘇城外寒山寺，- And I hear, from beyond Suzhou, from
the temple on Cold Mountain,
夜半鐘聲到客船。- Ringing for me, here in my boat, the midnight bell.
Back entrance of the temple
Stay tune for The Lion Grove Garden.