Mount Puotuo

Putuo Shan
Mount Putuo, a Buddhist Kingdom on Sea
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Mount Putuo lies to the east of Zhoushan City. Zhoushan City is situated on Zhoushan Island that in turn gives its name to a group of some four hundred small islands off the east coast of China in Zhejiang Province. These islands are in fact the peaks of submerged mountains and so rise steeply from the sea. The Putuo Mountain dominates the small rhomboidal land mass with its total area of about 12.5 square kilometres (4.8 square miles). The mountain is of one of four in the country that are held sacred by Buddhists and it was here that over the centuries a once large Buddhist community was to evolve.

The island's scenic beauty meant it was the perfect setting for temples and other religious buildings. In due course, it became known as the "Heaven of the Sea and Kingdom of the Buddhists". In its heyday, the island had eighty-two temples and nunneries together with some one hundred and twenty-eight shelters that between them housed 4,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. Even today visitors to the island will encounter monks in their traditional robes as they walk along the many paths that criss-cross the picturesque landscape.

The major sites to visit on Putuoshan are:

Fayu Buddhist Temple
Fayu Temple
Puji Temple: This temple dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and covers 11,000 square meters (2.7 acres).
Fayu Temple: Construction commenced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the buildings hug the mountainside in the seclusion of lofty and ancient trees.
Huiji Temple: This is known also as the Buddhist Hilltop Temple (Fodingshan) on account of its elevated position.

The centre of the island is covered with rich green forests that form a tranquil setting appropriate to a place of quiet religious contemplation. It is here that magnificent and protected hornbeams grow as well as the famous one-thousand-year-old camphor tree, a particularly fine tree species with a circumference measuring 6 meters (20 feet).

The sandy shores of the island are also special features and particularly attractive to tourists are the bays known as "The Thousand-Step Sands" with its 1.5 kilometer (0.9 mile) beach and the smaller "Hundred-Step Sands". These fine beaches are very popular with bathers and also have entertainment facilities.

It is small wonder that this island is famed for having such a delightful combination of mountain scenery and seascapes.
big incense burner
Big Metal Incense Burner
Buddhist Kingdom on the Sea
A small hall in Puji Temple

Transportation:  Hangzhou Bus Search
 From Hangzhou:
Take buses from the bus stations below to Putuoshan Long Distance Passenger Transport Station. Upon arrival, change bus no. 6 to Banshengdong Wharf or bus no. 27 to Zhujiajian Wugongzhi Wharf. Then take ferry to reach there.

Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
South Bus Station 06:50, 08:15, 09:05, 10:00, 10:50, 11:30, 12:55, 13:40, 14:30, 15:20, 16:05, 17:00, 18:10, 19:35 CNY 95 around 5 hours
Passenger Transport Central Station 07:00, 07:50, 08:30, 09:00, 09:40, 10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:05, 14:25, 15:05, 15:45, 16:25, 17:00, 17:40, 18:45 CNY 95 around 6 hours
Huanglong Tourist Center 06:40, 07:10, 07:40, 08:10, 08:40, 09:10, 09:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 13:10, 13:40, 14:10, 14:40, 15:10, 15:40, 16:10, 16:40, 17:10, 17:40, 18:10, 18:40 CNY 98 around 4.5 hours
 
 From Shanghai:
By Bus:
The buses reach Putuoshan Long Distance Passenger Transport Station. Getting there, visitors take bus no. 6 to Banshengdong Wharf or bus no. 27 to Zhujiajian Wugongzhi Wharf. Then they take ferry to reach there.
Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
South Long Distance Bus Station 06:55, 07:39, 08:05, 08:39, 08:59, 09:39, 10:15, 10:39, 11:09, 12:05, 12:45, 13:25, 13:55, 14:35, 15:15, 16:05, 16:50, 17:30, 18:19, 19:29 CNY 130 / 139 / 220 around 4.5 or 5 hours

By Ship:
 
Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
Wusong Passenger Transport Center 19:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday VIP cabin for two people: CNY 499 per person;
Special class cabin for two people: CNY 449 per person; 
Second class (A type) cabin for four people: CNY 289 per person;
Second class (B type) cabin for four people: CNY 269 per person;
Third class (A type) cabin for eight people: CNY 199 per person;
Third class (B type) cabin for eight people: CNY 159 per person;
Fourth class (A type) cabin for twelve people: CNY 139 per person;
12.5 hours
Xiaoyangshan Passenger Transport Wharf 10:20 every morning CNY 258 for a standard class seat; CNY 302 for a first-class seat; CNY 352 for a VIP seat; 2 hours and 20 minutes
Jinshanzui Car & Passenger Transport Wharf 08:45 every morning CNY 238 for a standard class seat; CNY 268 for a first-class seat; CNY 398 for a VIP seat. 2 hours and 30 minutes

Notice: 
1. The ship/speedboat might be cancelled because of bad weather. And the schedules might be adjusted without prior notice.
2. Passengers take free shuttle bus (departing at 08:30) from Huangpu Tourist Center near Nanpu Bridge to the Xiaoyangshan Passenger Transport Wharf and then catch the speedboat to reach Putuoshan Wharf.

 From Ningbo:
Take buses from the following bus stations to Shenjiamen Bus Station, change bus no. 6 to Banshengdong and then get there by speedboat. Boat fare is CNY 28.
 
Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
South Bus Station 05:55, 06:25, 06:50, 07:10, 07:30, 07:45, 08:00, 08:10, 08:25, 08:40, 08:55, 09:05, 09:20, 09:30, 09:45, 10:00, 10:10, 10:25, 10:40, 11:00, 11:25, 11:45, 11:55, 12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 12:50, 13:05, 13:20, 13:30, 13:40, 13:55, 14:00, 14:15, 14:30, 14:45, 15:00, 15:15, 15:35, 15:50, 16:05, 16:20, 16:35, 16:55, 17:05, 17:15, 17:40, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:55, 21:00, 22:00 CNY 50 around 2 to 2.5 hours
North Bus Station 06:00, 06:55, 07:30, 08:00, 08:20, 09:10, 10:00, 11:00, 11:50, 12:30, 13:10, 14:00, 14:50, 15:40, 17:00, 18:40 CNY 48
East Bus Station 06:55, 08:15, 09:20, 10:20, 11:40, 13:15, 14:30, 15:30, 16:35, 17:50 CNY 48
 
Admission Fee: Entrance charge:
CNY 140 (Dec.1-Jan.31)
CNY 160 (Feb.1-Nov.30)
CNY 200 from Jan. 1 to 5 on Chinese lunar calendar, and May 1 to 3 and Oct. 1 to 5 on solar calendar;

Notice:
1. Children no taller than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) or no older than 6 years old are exempted from the entrance tickets.
2. Children between 3.9 feet and 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) or between 6 to 18 enjoy half-price tickets.

Excluding:
CNY 5 for the Puji Temple
CNY 5 for the Fayu Temple
CNY 5 for the Huiji Temple
CNY 5 for the Violet Bamboo Grove Buddhist Temple (Zizhu Lin)
CNY 6 for the Standing Kwan-yin Statue
CNY 18 for the Luojia Hill
CNY 70 for the round-trip cable car or CNY 40 for the one-way cable car
Opening Times: The whole day
How to visit each attraction: Visitors should take tourism buses or go on foot to visit the attractions because there is no taxi. Two tourism bus lines are operated from 06:00 to 18:00 in summer and autumn, and from 07:00 to 17:00 in winter and spring. Ticket prices are from CNY 5 to 10.

To visit Luojia Hill, visitors should take ferry from Duangu Wharf. It costs CNY 26 (one-way trip) and CNY 52 (round-trip) by regular boat, and CNY 33 (one-way trip) and CNY 66 (round-trip) by high speed boat. The schedules are listed below:

Duangu Wharf: 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 13:00, 13:30
Luojia Hill: 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 15:30