Putuo Mountain is a small island in Zhoushan Islands
Putuo Mountain is a small island in Zhoushan Islands. It is located in Putuo District, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province. The island covers an area of 12.5 kilometers. It is one of the Four Famous Buddhist Mountains in China. The other three are Wutai Mountain, Emei Mountain, Jiuhua Mountain. Putuo Mountain was regarded as the Buddhist Sanctuary and the Wonderland of the South Sea. It was listed as the first batch state-level key scenic area.
Putuo Mountain is the world famous place to enshrine Kwan-yin and the famous Buddhism Holy Land. The religious activity of Putuo Mountain was originated from Qin Dynasty. The spring up of the Maritime Silk Road in Tang Dynasty promoted the formation of Kwan-yin Dojo. And it was soon became the Buddhism center. In the late Qing Dynasty, the mountain had three big temples, 88 zen temples, 128 ahahedsheds and thousands of monks. When religious activities were held, lots of people would come here to worship. For thousand years, the faith of Kwan-yin had been the faith of half Asia.
Putuo Mountain Scenic Area consists Putuo Mountain, Luojia Mountain, Zhujiajian Island. It covers a total area of 41.95 square kilometers. The highest peak, Foding Mountain, is about 300 meters above sea level. The famous scenic spots in the mountain include Chaoyin Cave, Fanyin Cave, Chaoyang Cave, Pantuo Rock, Two Tortoise Listening to the Doctrine Rock, Hundred Pace Beach, Thousand Pace Beach, South Sea Kwan-yin, Dacheng Hut and so on.
Among the temples in Putuo Mountain, Puji Temple, Fayu Temple and Huiji Temple are the three largest. Puji Temple was first built in Song Dynasty with an area of 26,000 square meters. According to records, its predecessor is Unwilling-to-go Kwan-yin Temple . Fayu Temple was built in Ming Dynasty. It was 2.8 kilometers away from Puji Temple. Fayu Temple is famous for its ancient architecture, delicate wood carvings and inscribed calligraphy by ancient emperors. Huiji Temple is located on the peak of Foding Mountain. Here, you can command a excellent view of the rising sun in the morning. Also this is the only temple that enshrines Buddha but not Kwan-yin Statue in the Main Hall.
The famous twelve sceneries in Putuo Mountain are Lian Yang Wu Du, Duan Gu Sheng Ji, Mei Wan Chun Xiao, Pan Tuo Xi Zhao, Lian Chi Ye Yue, Fa Hua Ling Cave, Ancient Cave and the Tide, Zhao Yang Yong Ri, Thousand Pace Golden Beach, Guang Xi Xue Ji, Cha Shan Su Wu and Tian Men Qing Fan.
The island is also rich in vegetation and a profusion of forests, all flourishing in the warm and humid climate. Under such an environment, a stroll around the mountain or an immobile day at the beach are equally attractive.
Putuo Mountain has gained widespread fame home and abroad, especially in Southeast Asia. It has been a famous tourist attraction for its mystery and holiness.
Address: No. 115 Meiling Road , Putuo District, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province.
Admission fee: RMB 140 in dead season
RMB 160 in peak season
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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