The Six Harmonies Pagoda, also
known as the Liuhe Pagoda, sits on the southwestern
fringe of Hangzhou. It is 60-meter (197-foot)
high. The building is more than 1,000 years old.
There is a myth about the construction
of the pagoda. Qiantang River often suffers from
tidal bores that surge up from Hangzhou Bay. The
Dragon King controlled these. Hearing of this,
a boy named Liuhe summoned up magical powers to
stop the Dragon King's actions. Hence, the local
farmers built this fine wood and brick structure
in his name.
Over the years the Liuhe Pagoda serves
as both lighthouse and temple. Its summit is a
favorite place to watch the tidal bores that still
tear up Qiantang today.