Mount Putuo - Top Buddhism Mountain in China

Putuo Mountain, lies in Zhoushan Prefecture in Zhejiang Province, is regarded to be one of the four holy Buddhist mountains in China.

Putuo Mountain is one island among 1390 islands of Zhoushan archipelago of covering an area of 12.5 square kilometers. The Fudingshan Mountain is the highest peak of this mountain with 300 meters high above the sea level.

Here, you can see a few temples, nunneries as well as monasteries. The beautiful landscapes along with the charm concerned with Buddhism make this mountain a sacred mountain.

The ancient architecture complex as well as historical spots remained in this mountain were built in several dynasties, including Song Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. This mountain once had 82 temples and 128 huts, which could serve 4,000 monks as well as nuns at its heyday. While you walk on the paths, you are likely to come across monks in kasaya. 

Among the large and small temples and monasteries on this mountain, Puji Temple, Huiji Temple and Fayu Temple may be the most well known ones. An Institute of Buddhism, one of the country's largest Buddhism institute, also can be found here. Buddhism in this sacred mountain has a history of over 1,000 years.

How to Plan Putuo Mountain Island Trip

Putuo Mountain Island is located in the eastern part of Zhoushan Islands. It is inaccessible by road. The only way to get on the island is by boat or ferry from Shenjiamen Dock at Zhoushan Town. The island is shaped like a long straight bar with a length of about 7 kilometers. The distance between different attractions on the island ranges between 2 kilometers and 10 kilometers. You may visit to the nearby attractions to your hotel by walking, or you can take bus at the bus station near to the dock on the island to visit some distant sites. In addition, cableway tour is available in Fuding Mountain (The cost for one-way is 40 Yuan, for round-trip is 70 Yuan). About 5 km east of Putuo Mountain is Luojia Island (it is part of part of Putuo Mountain scenic area and it is only accessible from Putuoshan Island by boat). You may visit this small island as an extension tour if time allows. Since there are so many different attractions distributed on the island and the island is so large, then how to plan Putuo Mountain Island Trip? Here I would like to offer some tips for you. 

Generally, the main attractions on the island can be divided into three regions, and interests in each region can be put together to visit. And each interests takes about half a day. Visitors can plan their journeys according to the location of your hotel stay and arrival time on the island. 
Foding Mountain Scenic Area

Foding Mountain Scenic Area

The first regionin the west of the island is centered by Puji Temple, with Xitian Scenic Area, Guobao Temple, Guanyin Cave, etc.. Puji Temp, as the largest temple on the island, is the main place to worship Guanyin. This area is near to the passenger dock, so you may get around by walk or bus. Tourist Bus Route No.1 runs in this area. 

The second regioncovers famous sites like South Sea Guanyin Statue, Purple Bamboo Forest, Unwilling-to-go Guanyin Monastery, Nantian Gate, etc. Among them, South Sea Guanyin Statue is the landmark of Putuo Mountain Island and Unwilling-to-go Guanyin Monastery has a legendary story, so you can not miss them. 

The third regionis centered by Fuding Mountain, and there are Fayu Temple and Huiji Temple nearby. The other two treasures Nine-dragon Caisson and Yangzhi Guanyin Stele are sited respectively in Fayu Temple and Yangzhi Monastery nearby. If time allows, you may take boat to visit Jialuo Mountain Island, which will take half day. 

Except for the religious sites, there are fine beaches in the eastern side of the island, such as, Qianbusha Beach and Baibusha Beach, where are fine places to go and have fun in the sea. Qianbusha Beach is near to Fayu Temple and Baibusha Beach is closed to Purple Bamboo Forest. 

Therefore, you will have to spend generally about 2-3 days to visit Putuo Mountain Island, and eating and staying overnight on the island is needed. The commodity price on the island is higher than that off the island, especially the sea food. There are some vegetarian meals in the top three temples on the island, and the price is reasonable. You may have a try. There are many places for your overnight, from starred hotels, inns or home stay. You’d better book in advance, especially for weekends or holidays. As the accommodation during weekends and holidays are hot.
【Best time to visit】: From July to September is the best time to visit Putuo Mountain, when the view is the most beautiful and you can enjoy swimming in sea. If you enjoy eating seafood, October would be harvest season of seafood. 
【How to get to Putuo Mountain using public transportation】: the only way to board Putuo Island is by boat or ferry. You may read the following articles to get to know how to travel from other cities to reach Putuo Mountain Island. 

We have local tour guide available to show you around, or for hiking.

For transportation, we have bus, van and sedan available in Zhoushan, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai.

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