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Tiantai Mountain Scenic Area

Tiantai Mountain is a famous national scenic area situated in Tiantai County, Taizhou City, in eastern Zhejiang Province. It is known for its beautiful scenery and for being the cradle of the Tiantai Sect of Chinese Buddhism including the Japanese and Korean Tiantai Buddhist Sects and also for being the home of the South Sect of Taoism.

Tiantai Mountain has other attractions including its historical sites and its tranquil flora comprised of evergreen plants, and a unique geography. Covering an area of about 72 square miles (187 square kilometers), the scenic area is divided into 13 parts including Guoqing Scenic Area, and Chicheng Scenic Area among others. Each area has its own unique attractions. Guoqing Temple, Shiliang Waterfall, Huading Peak are among the most beautiful natural sights

Guoqing Temple

At the foot of Tiantai Mountain, Guoqing Temple was built in 598 in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) according to the last wish of 'Wisdom', an eminent monk. It is said that he founded the Chinese Tiantai Sect of Buddhism. Later its doctrines were spread abroad, mainly to Korea and Japan. These external cultures significantly influenced the development of Korean and Japanese Buddhist Sects. Guoqing Temple has been restored many times in later dynasties. The most recent general renovation was during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Guoqing Temple now is a grand and unique architectural complex consisting of more than 600 rooms and 14 halls. It is one of the best preserved large temples in China.

Shiliang Waterfall

The Shiliang Waterfall is a masterpiece of nature. A stone beam spans two steep cliffs, known as Shiliang, a so-called Stone Bridge, ranges from about 7 inches (9 centimeters) wide at the narrowest and to about about 19 inches (48 centimeters) at the widest point. The waterfall plummets about 98 feet  (30 meters) into a deep pool with a thundering roar. The sight is magnificent. Considerable composure and surefootedness are required to walk across the beam.

Huading Peak

In stark contrast to the Shiliang Waterfall, Huading Peak is the highest peak of Tiantai Mountain with the height of about 3,733 feet (1,138 meters). Because it is always nestled in clouds, it is famous for the view its clouds gathering. The top is the best place to view sunrise. From the top looking down, Huading and surrounding peaks look like a lotus bud with Huading Peak at the center. Only more than 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) high, Tiantai Mountain basks in a comfortable climate among graceful surroundings that is a pleasant respite from city life.

Note: Tiantai Mountain is famous as a summer resort in Zhejiang Province. The best time to visit is from April to October, so one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Tiantai Mountain, yet still avoid summer heat. Moreover, it is convenient since it is only two hours by bus from Hangzhou.

From Shanghai:
Take long distance buses from Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station / Hutai Road Long Distance Bus Station to Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station. Bus fare is around CNY 140. It takes around 4 hours. 

From Hangzhou:
Take long distance buses from Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central Station to Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station. Bus fare is around CNY 81. It takes around 2 hours.

How to get to Guoqing Temple:
Take bus no. 7 from Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station, and get off at the last bus stop.

How to get to Shiliang Waterfall and Huading Peak:
Take bus no. 1 or 2 from Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station to Tiantai North Bus Station and then take local buses.

How to get to Longchuan Gorge:
Take buses from Passenger Transport Central Station to Baihe Town and then charter a taxi or motorcycle.

How to get to Chicheng Mountain:
Take bus no. 7 and get off at Chicheng Hotel Station.

How to get to Qiongtai Valley:
Take bus no. 8 from Passenger Transport Central Station to Tongbai Station.
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Admission Fee: CNY 15 for Guoqing Temple;
CNY 60 for Shiliang Waterfall;
CNY 70 for a combo ticket (including Guoqing Temple & Shiliang Waterfall);
CNY 60 for Longchuan Gorge;
CNY 15 for Chicheng Mountain;
CNY 65 for Qiongtai Valley;
CNY 50 for Huading Peak;
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 16:00 (Guoqing Temple, Shiliang Waterfall, Longchuan Gorge and Chicheng Mountain);
07:00 - 16:00 (Qiongtai Valley);
07:30 - 17:00 (Huading Peak);