Meizhou Island and Guanghua Temple

Meizhou Island

Meizhou Island of Putian, Fujian Province is located in the northern half of the mouth of Meizhou Bay, about 1.8 nautical miles from the mainland and faces the Taiwan Straits to the southeast. Covering an area of six square miles, the island is swathed in luxuriant green foliage. The coastline, indented with over 12 miles of fine beaches, which is qualified to become a bathing beach resort.

With annual average temperature of 20C (68F), Meizhou Island is mild belonging to the typical sub-tropical oceanic monsoon climate. It presents a charming landscape endowed with blue sea and sky, golden beach and bright sunshine. There are over 20 scenic spots around the island.

More over, not only is the island endowed with beautiful vistas, but also has famous manmade landscape. As it is well known, Meizhou Island is the hometown of Chinese Goddess of the Sea – Mazu, and the birthplace of the Mazu Culture. Mazu, named Lin Mo as a baby; she was very intelligent and had both medical and navigational skills. In her short life, she both saved and blessed many fishermen and villagers alike. Deeply respecting her great compassion and high spirit, later generations built a commemorative temple dedicating it to her upon Meiyu Peak. Today, the temple is vibrant with worshippers who come for Mazus’ blessing. The statue of Mazu, looking amiable and graceful, still stands beside the sea, blessing her descendant’s safety and happiness.

Guanghua Temple

Guanghua Temple is located at the foot of Fenghuang (Phoenix) Mountain, about two miles to the south of Putian City in Fujian Province. Fenghuang Mountain presents a verdant landscape: trees clothe the mountain in green and babbling brooks wander through woods. The study of Buddhism once flourished in this environment.

Guanghua Temple has a long history. It was built in the Southern Dynasties (420-589) and became well known in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During the height of its glory in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), over one thousand monks and nuns practiced Buddhism at this temple. Guanghua Temple was destroyed by fire during the war in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), but had been gradually restored to its former glory during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Guanghua Temple covers an area of 33 hectares. The buildings are arranged around a central axis, 421 yards long: among these are Screen Wall, Mountain Gate, “Freeing Captive Animal’s Pond”, "Heavenly King Hall”, "Hall of Mahavira”, Depositary of Buddhist Books, and Wofo (Sleeping Buddha) Hall. The Hall of Mahavira is grand and majestic, being regarded as the top one among famous Buddhist temples in Fujian.

- Last modified on Oct. 16, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Meizhou Island and Guanghua Temple
Asked by Yuli from INDONESIA | Oct. 16, 2018 02:59Reply
Hi i plan to go to meizhou island from taiwan, can you help me how to go from taiwan ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Danica from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 20:27

First, take the plane from Taiwan to Hong Kong.
Second, via Hong Kong to Putian by high speed train.
Third, take the special bus from Putian high speed railway station to Wenjia Pier.
Finally, take the ship to the island.
Asked by Lynn lim from SINGAPORE | Aug. 21, 2018 23:22Reply
How do i get to putien, Meizhou Island from Xiamen airport?
Hi, im planning to go meizhou island in jan 19 from SG to Xiamen. Any trains available? Any recommendation for hotel in meizhou island im planning to stay for 2 day 1 night.
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Answered by James from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 23, 2018 00:33

First, take a taxi to Xiamen train station. Then, take a bullet train to Putian, which takes about 1h 20h. After arrival, take a taxi to the island.

As for hotels, you can stay in Meizhou International Hotel near the Golden beach along Meizhou Avenue.
Asked by Patricia from MACAU | Jun. 11, 2016 23:30Reply
Is there any hostels in Meizhou island?
I want to go to visit the Mazu Temple and I was going on a one day trip, but I read that the island is a very beautiful place and I was thinking staying for 2 days. Is there any hostels or cheap/budget accomodation?
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Answered by Jenny from USA | Jun. 12, 2016 02:38

Yes! You may stay at Old Captain Theme Hostel at No. 221, North Huandao Street. A standard room costs CNY 160-200. It is fine to check in on the spot. The hotel provides clean environment and nice service. Have a try! :)
Answered by Patricia from MACAU | Jun. 30, 2016 05:57

Thank you! :)
I was reading that to go to the island one could take the ferry but i read somewhere that there's also a bus...what's the best way to get there?
Thanks again! :D
Answered by Jenny | Jul. 06, 2016 01:13

You can take bus line 361 to Wenjia Wharf from Putian Bus Station. The buses are available from 6:00 to 18:50, and the fare is CNY 10. Then, take a ferry to the island for CNY 40-50.
Asked by MC from SINGAPORE | Apr. 14, 2016 00:44Reply
What is the best way to get from Quanzhou to Meizhou Island?
Can the visit to the temple be done in one day or is it recommended to do an overnight trip?
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Answered by Jack from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 14, 2016 04:15

1. Take a bullet train to Putian from Quanzhou Railway Station (about 25 minutes). Next, take a taxi to Wenjia Wharf. It costs CNY 80 to 100 in usual time. Afterwards, take a ferry to the island.
2. Yes, you can visit the temple within one day. :)
Asked by Antoy from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 20, 2015 23:43Reply
Is there any bus travel betweet Fujian Meizhou Island port to Matsu Temple ?
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Answered by Heidi from USA | Nov. 21, 2015 21:32

The port is about 0.6 miles to the temple, you can reach it by 10 mins walking.
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