Zhanshan Temple (Zhanshan Si)

Surrounded by mountains on three sides and facing the sea on the other side, the Zhanshan Temple (Zhanshan Si) is situated in the eastern section of Qingdao City. It is the only temple in downtown Qingdao and also the newest one in China. Surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and the vast sea, the scenic area is a superb place for sightseeing in urban Qingdao.

Zhanshan Templeconsists of three courts. The buildings, covered with black tiles and constructed with gray bricks, are all built in the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). The west court contains a memorial hall and some lesser Buddhist structures, while the east court contains dining rooms and is the home of the aged monks. The main buildings - the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Hall of the Three Saints and the sutra depository - are concentrated in the middle court.

Visitors entering the front of Zhanshan Temple pass by a pool. A statue of Kwan-yin made of white jade stands in the water surrounded by lotuses. Walking round the pool and ascending the steps, tourists see a mountain gate with two mighty stone lions lying on both sides. The exquisite stone lions are relics of a prince’s mansion from the Ming Dynasty. Characters of imposing grandeur were left on the plaques of the mountain gate by the first abbot of the temple.

Inside Zhanshan Temple, the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Hall of the Three Saints and the sutra depository are arrayed magnificently along the central axis. The Hall of Heavenly Kings is enshrined with statues of the Maitreya Buddha and the four Heavenly Kings. A graceful bell tower and a drum tower stand on the sides of the hall. The central building, the Grand Hall, stands tall and high on a granite platform. Sculptures of Sakyamuni and other arhats stand in the resplendent hall which is full of Buddhist objects. Passing by the garden-like patio, visitors can find the Hall of the Three Saints where the three saints of Buddhism are worshiped. The extraordinary sutra depository lies in the north end of Zhanshan Temple and contains a collection of thousands of Buddhist sutras.

The enchanting scenery at Zhanshan Temple attracts many tourists throughout the year, and it is especially busy on April 8th of the Chinese Lunar calendar when the temple fair is held. Visitors to the temple in autumn, get a marvelous view of red leaves, ancient pines, smooth sea and shining moon.

Travel tips

1. The opening hours between the Chinese New Year’s Eve and the 15th day of the first lunar month are from 08:00 to 16:00.
2. There is an evening party on the 27th day or 28th day of the last lunar month, and the definite time is to be determined.

How to get to Zhanshan Temple

1. Take Metro Line 2 to Zhiquanlu and leave from Exit C, then walk southwest for 5 minutes to the temple.
2. Take Bus 206, 310, 370 or 604 to Zhanshansi.
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Entrance Fee CNY 10
Opening Hours 8:00 - 17:00
- Last modified on Nov. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Zhanshan Temple (Zhanshan Si)
Asked by Martha Ochoa from CHINA | Nov. 15, 2019 01:35Reply
Is Zhiquan Road (name on my metro map for the #2 train) the same station as Zhiquanlu?
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Answered by Mathew from USA | Nov. 18, 2019 00:45

Yes, they are the same. "Lu" is Chinese pinyin of road.
Asked by Rowena Yurchuk from CANADA | Jul. 20, 2019 12:35Reply
How to get to Qingdao Zhanshan temple from cruise dock?
We are there on Holland America Westerdam on October 24 from 8 am to 5:00pm.
Answers (1)
Answered by Horton from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 23, 2019 02:56

You can take taxi with around CNY20 and 25 minutes.
Asked by Mana from SINGAPORE | Mar. 23, 2019 19:02Reply
How to get to Zhanshan Temple from Qingdao airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Adeline from FRANCE | Mar. 28, 2019 00:34

It is advised to take shuttle bus no.702 to Hangzhou Huayuan Bus Stop. Then transfer to bus no.206 Circle Line and get off at Zhanshan Temple.
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