Brief of Tianze Pavilion
Tianze Pavilion's name derived from Tianze Temple (天泽庙) which was constructed before the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and dedicated to a general of the Wuyue Kingdom. Literally, “Tianze” means “heavenly favor” or “favor bestowed by Heaven” in Chinese and has something to do with rain. During the Southern Song Dynasty, the perfect of Lin'an (now Hangzhou)-Zhao Yuhuan (赵与懽) prayed to Heaven for the rain, and his prayer were answered. The same thing happened once again in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The temple was then expanded, which contained the Tianze well (天泽井), the Pray-for-Rain Terrace (祷雨台), and twisted pine trees believed to be planted by Immortal Ge (葛仙翁: He was best known for his interest in Daoism, alchemy, and techniques of longevity. Later he eventually attained transcendence). All these have been restored in recent years. Visitors not only can learn something about the ancient Chinese custom of praying for rain, but can enjoy common gardenia as well.