Zhoushan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 舟山 (zhōu shān)
Area: 222,000 square kilometers (85,715 square miles)
Location: in the east of Zhejiang, east China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Dinghai, Putuo); 2 counties (Daishan, Shengsi)
Area Code: 0580
Zip Code: 316000
GDP (2019): CNY 137.16 billion (USD 19.88 billion)
Famous for Mt. Putuo & Composed of 1,390 Isles
Located south to the mouth of the Yangtze River, Zhoushan is in the coastal area of eastern Zhejiang in the fringe of Hangzhou Bay. It is the only city established on the basis of a group of islands, the Zhoushan Archipelago. The city backed on the Yangtze River Delta megalopolis is an important pass to the opening up of the Yangtze River Basin and the delta area. Floating on the East China Sea, the area is listed on the world's four largest fishing grounds. The unique island scenery endows Zhoushan with endless charm. Blue sky, clear sea, beautiful islands, sun-kissed beaches, fresh seafood are always the essential parts of Zhoushan tourism.
The Buddhist culture and temples of Mt. Putuo attract many devout believers. Mt. Putuo is a holy place for Guanyin Bodhisattva to enlighten all beings. And a bronze statue of Guanyin on the mountain is the landmark. There are many temples and bathing beaches on the mountain. The best time to visit Zhoushan is from June to October. Taohua Island, Dong Ji Island, Zhujiajian and Shengsi Archipelago are the best places to take a summer vacation.
Attractions - Things to Do
Mt. Putuo : Reputed as the Buddhist kingdom on the sea, Mt. Putuo, together with the Mt. Emei in Sichuan, Mt. Jiuhua in Anhui and Mt. Wutai in Shanxi, are known as China's four famous Buddhist mountains. The Puji Temple, Fayu Temple and Huiji Temple constitute the major sceneries of the mountain. Every year, several Buddhist ceremonies will be held, gathering numerous devotees from far and near.Zhujiajian: Through the sea-crossing bridge, Zhujiajian is connected with the Main Island, and it is only ten minutes' drive south of the Putuo Mountain by yacht. The island is famous for sand and rocks, comprising nine beaches stretching 5,000 meters. They are undoubted perfect places for sand sculpture.
Taohua (Peach Blossom) Island: Located in the southeast of the Zhoushan Archipelago, the Taohua Island boasts the highest peak, the deepest port and the number one rock among all the islands.
Dinghai: Dinghai is the head of the islands in the area, where the city government is seated. It is a historical and cultural town with rich relics, including ancient battlefield, complex of old buildings. Dinghai Old Town is specially the highlight of the region.
Other Scenic Spots:
Daishan Island: famous for pleasant weather as well as charming and gentle sceneries of mountains, harbors, sand, rocks and old buildings
Shengsi Archipelago: famous for the amorous scenes of fishing ground and mirage
How to Get to Zhoushan
1. Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport stands on the north of Zhujiajian Island. From the airport, city buses are accessible to Dinghai. Flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Tianjin are available.
2. The Main Island is linked by cross-sea bridges with Zhujiajian Island and the Mainland Zhejiang, and it has mainly three bus stations connecting them: the central bus station in Ring Road (South), Putuo bus station in Donghai Road (Middle) and Banshengdong bus station in Bingang Road. Several buses shuttle from Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou daily.
3. Ship/Ferry is the main vehicle in the city. Docks link the island together. In addition, Zhujiajian Island has bridge connecting with the Main Island. Buses from the main island will arrived at Zhujiajian for about thirty minutes. Then, visitors can easily get to the airport or to the Mt. Putuo from the Zhujiajian Wugongzhi Wharf. In the Putuo Dock, visitors can take ships not only to the Main Island or many other islands around, but also to Shanghai and Ningbo.
Strongly affected by the sea, the region has a humid and temperate climate without winter chilliness and summer heat. The annual average temperature is about 16.1C (61F). Typhoon may concentrate on the period from July to September. The best time to pay a visit is during June to October. During the typhoon period, weather forecast and marine information should be followed closely.
Zhoushan Travel Tips
Physical Features: Zhoushan Main Island is the fourth largest island second only to the Hainan, Taiwan and Chongming islands, and the whole city consists of some one thousand islands of all sizes with ninety-eight of them inhabited. Further more, it has a vast sea area over twenty thousand kilometers (about 7722 miles).
Fishery, Taoist culture and seashore are the advantages to the development of the city. Centered by the three main features, the city holds several festivals yearly.
Seafood Festival: in Shenjiamen Port, Zhoushan Main Island, during July to October
Putuo Mountain Nanhai Kwan-yin Cultural Festival: in Putuo Mountain during November
International Sand-sculpture Festival: in Nansha Scenic, Zhujiajian Town (Zhujiajian is the fifth largest island southeast of Zhoushan), during July to October
Special Local Products: shell carving, fisherfolk tapestry, Putuo Buddha tea, sea product (eel, crab, jellyfish, mud snail and yellow croaker)
I'm trying to figure out how to get to Taohua Island from Shanghai or Ningbo. I can't really find information online or in the ferry tickets on ctrip. Can you give me some advice? Thanks!!
Can you tell me where the correct ferry terminal is, and what is the schedule?
Or, can you give me contact information for the ferry?
Which port would be the best to get to from the airport and if there are the ferry timings from that port as well?
Thank you for the help in advance!
There seems to be very limited information online and it would be extremely helpful if someone can help me with this.
Oh, using a translating app helps a lot!
how do I do the hotel booking. How far are the accommodations to the theatre?
Where can I get the schedule of the shows for the month of September?
Can I book the ticket online and may I have the website address.
How do I get to the theatre from Putuoshan.
Two shows are available at 20:00 and 21:20 and you can book it from websites of many travel agencies. But I don’t think they provide an English version, so you need look for help from your Chinese friends.
You can take a ferry to Zhujiajian Port and the hire a local car to the theatre!
Thank you for your reply.
You mentioned the time of the shows. Is it daily or do they have it on certain days in a week.
Thank you very much.