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 many individual attractions including its historical sites and its tranquil flora comprised of evergreen plants and a unique geography. Covering an area of about 187 square kilometers (72 square miles), the scenic area is divided into 13 parts including Guoqing Temple, Shiliang Waterfall, Longchuan Gorge, Chicheng Mountain, Qiongtai Valley, Huading Peak, Former residence of Ji Gong, Tianhu Scenic Area, etc. 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 in Tiantai Mountain Scenic Area is a masterpiece of nature. A stone beam spans two steep cliffs, known as Shiliang, meaning a Stone Bridge. It ranges from about 9 centimeters (7 inches) wide at the narrowest to about 48 centimeters (19 inches) at the widest point. The waterfall plummets about 30 meters (98 feet) 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 1,138 meters (3,733 feet). Because it is always nestled in clouds, it is famous for the view with 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 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) 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.

How to Travel There:

 Get to Tiantai County:
From Shanghai:
Take long distance buses from Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station or Hutai Road Long Distance Bus Station to Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station. Bus fare is around CNY 140. It takes around 3 hours. 

From Hangzhou:
Take long-distance buses from Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central Station to Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station. Bus fare is around CNY 85. It takes around 2 hours.

 Get to Scenic Areas of Tiantai Mountain:
How to get to Guoqing Temple:
Take bus No. 5 from Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station and get off at Guoqing Jingqu (Guoqing Temple).

How to get to Shiliang Waterfall and Huading Peak:
Take bus No. 1, 5, 3a or 3b from Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station to Tiantai North Bus Station and then take local buses.

How to get to Longchuan Gorge:
Take long-distance 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. 5 and get off at Chicheng Hotel Station and then walk for 1.4 km (0.9 mi).

How to get to Qiongtai Valley:
Take a taxi or motorcycle to the valley.

Note: Short-distance buses are available from Tiantai North Bus Station to Guoqing Temple, Huading Peak and so on.
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Ticket Fare Entrance: CNY 10
Guoqing Temple: Free
Shiliang Waterfall: CNY 60
Longchuan Gorge: CNY 60
Chicheng Mountain: CNY 15
Qiongtai Valley: CNY 65
Huading Peak: CNY 50
Former residence of Ji Gong: 30
Tianhu Scenic Area: 45
Opening Hours Guoqing Temple, Shiliang Waterfall, Longchuan Gorge and Chicheng Mountain: 08:00 - 16:00
Qiongtai Valley: 07:00 - 16:00;
Huading Peak: 07:30 - 17:00.
1. Children under 1.2 m (3.9 ft) can visit for free.
2. Children between 1.2-1.5 m (3.9-4.9 ft) can enjoy a 50% discount.
3. For Qiongtai Valley, children under 1.2m can visit for free.
4. Every May 19-20, the Chinese Tourism Day, tickets of all scenic areas of Tiantai Mountain are sold on half price.
- Last modified on Mar. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Tiantai Mountain Scenic Area
Asked by Aitor from SPAIN | Mar. 14, 2019 00:33Reply
How to reach Tiantai mountain from Ningbo? Is it recommendable to stay one night in Taizhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from USA | Mar. 18, 2019 23:06

You can take a coach from Ningbo Passenger Transport Center to Tiantai County first. The bus schedules are 06:55, 08:10, 09:25, 09:45, 10:50, 11:20, 11:45, 12:20, 13:25, 15:25, 15:30 and 16:25. The ticket fare is around CNY60/person. After arriving, take a taxi or hire a private car to the scenic area. In addition, you can stay one night in Taizhou. Hope helpful!
Asked by Lisa from INDONESIA | Jul. 30, 2018 05:57Reply
How can i go to shiliang waterfall from Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station
if we can't drive a car and we don't want to go by taxi?

thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Danna from CANADA | Jul. 30, 2018 20:32

Walk about 100m to take Bus Line 7 to Tourist Center and then take a shuttle bus to the scenic area.
Asked by ARONBIKE00 | Sep. 19, 2016 22:22Reply
I would go to Tiantai this weekend. I miss some information.
- Where is the Tiantai Passenger Transport Central Station? Can someone provide me the address? Can be nearby this address: No.2, Donghe Road, Tiantai County, Taizhou, Zhejiang?

- What time is the last bus from Tiantai to Shanghai on Sunday? I found from third part web site is at 16:30

- What time is the last bus from Tiantai to Hangzhou on Sunday? I could get a train from HZ to Shanghai.

Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 21, 2016 01:23

It is located at No. 501, Shanxi Road. It is about 250 yards from the place you mentioned. You can walk there within 5 minutes.

The last bus departs for Shanghai at 16:30, and the fare is CNY 138.

The last bus departs for Hangzhou at 16:50, and the fare is around CNY 80. :)
Asked by Olga from BELARUS | Dec. 18, 2015 04:07Reply
I have 3 free days in my trip that I would like to spend in some mountain area in Zhejiang province.
I'm choosing between Yandang and Tiantai. I will come from Shaoxing. What mountains are more interesting (maybe another variant)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jim | Dec. 19, 2015 00:17

Yandang is more famous and I personally prefer it, although it is further than Tiantai. From Shaoxing East Railway station, you can take a bullet train to Yandang Railway Station; duration is about 2 hours and ticket fare is CNY 110.5 for a second class seat and CNY 159 for a first class seat. Upon arrival, take the direct bus to the scenic area; or get there by a taxi at around CNY 15 (it's only about 3 miles away).
Asked by Cyd from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 15, 2015 23:42Reply
Hotels near or at the foot of Tiantai Mountain

We are planning to go to the mountain this weekend and would like to know any budget hotels you can recommend near or if there is at the foot of the mountain. Can you provide a list and its contact numbers please?

Thank you.
Answers (3)
Answered by Sally from INDIA | Jun. 16, 2015 01:07

The mountain is near the county downtown, so you can choose to live near the mountain foot. Here are some recommended hotels.
Jinjiang Inn, 0576-83171666.
Wo Long Villa, 400-011-8011
TaitaiCaihong Zhixing Hotel, 0576-83172999
Sanyi Hotel, 0576-83837777
Answered by Cyd from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 17, 2015 01:19

Thank you Sally! Appreciate your help :)

May I know also if there is a bus direct to the mountain from Jiaxing ?

Answered by Gallon from GERMANY | Jun. 28, 2015 03:14

Yes, direct buses from Jiaxing to Tiantai are scheduled at the local North Bus Terminal, at 08:30, 08:45, 09:05, 09:15, 13:05 and 13:35. It takes 4-5h. The mountain scenic area covers a large area. Then you can walk or take a taxi to the spots you are intertested.
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