Hongluo Pool is also called Lotus Pool or Free Captive Animals Pool. In the pool there are stone carvings of two fairies, from whom the name of Hongluosi springs.
Hongluosi was originally named Da Ming Temple (Great Brightness Temple). During the reign of Zheng Tong Emperor in Ming Dynasty, the emperor came here to burn joss sticks and named the temple Hu Guo Zi Fu Si (the temple that protects the country and brings happiness to the people). The name Hongluosi originates from a local legend.
Tradition has it that two princesses of the Jade Emperor descended to the world in company. As they ramed enjoying the beautiful scenery of the world, they happened to see a mountain surrounded by rivers and tall ancient trees. An antique temple with grey bricks and tiles lay in the midst of the green. The fairies who had long lived in the Heavenly Palace were attracted by the elegant and serene atmosphere and the solemn temple. The idea of living here came to their mind. Thus they transformed into human beings in the day worshiping Buddha and chanting scriptures with the Buddhist monks in the temple. At night, they changed into two big conchs happily living in the Free Captive Animals Pool (now Hongluo Pool). They gave out red light which made the temple and mountains shrouded in auspicious rosy clouds and used their magic power to protect the local people secretly. From then on the weather was favorable and local people reaped harvests and lived in contentment. Later, when the Jade Emperor found the two fairies living in the human world, he recalled them to the Heavenly Palace. In order to thank the two fairies for their merit and looking forward to their reappearance, local people called the mountain on the north of the temple Hongluo Mountain and the temple was then called Hongluosi.