Code: SH38

Ningbo & Mount Putuo

Day 1 Shanghai - Mount Putuo - Ningbo
Temple in Mt. Putuo
Take metro line 4 to Nanpu Bridge and leave from Exit 1 to find the Huangpu Tourist Station which is a few yards to the south. Take a coach bound for Xiaoyangshan Wharf there at 08:30 and then transfer to a yacht for Putuoshan Wharf. You will arrive before 13:00 to start your exploration of Mount Putuo.

Route: Southern Heaven Gate - Nanhai Guanyin Statue - Purple Bamboo Woods - Unwilling-to-go Guanyin Monastery - Puji Temple - Take the cableway to Foding Hill - Huiji Temple - Fayu Temple - Take the cableway at Foding Hill Upper Station down to Puji Temple - Southern Heaven Gate

Return to Putuoshan Wharf before 17:30 to catch a yacht to Banshengdong Wharf. Then, hail a taxi to Shenjiamen Bus Station and take a coach to Ningbo South Bus Station. The bus is operating until 19:00 and it takes about 2 hours on the way. Upon arrival, find a nearby hotel for one night's stay. 

Highlights of Mount Putuo 

According to local legend, Mt. Putuo was the place where Guanyin cultivated himself and became immortal. There is a bronze standing statue of Guanyin with a height of 33 meters (108 feet) on the golden beach of the island and facing the sea. People consider this mountain a holy place and praise it as the 'Buddhist kingdom among the vast sea'. Numerous believers come there every day to worship the Buddha and pray for blessings. Three renowned temples of the mountain, named Puji, Huiji, and Fayu, are always in a fragrant cloud of incense. 

Huangpu - Xiaoyangshan busCNY 33
Xiaoyangshan - Putuoshan yachtCNY 258 for standard cabins
Admission fee of Mount PutuoCNY160 during Feb. ~ Nov.
CNY140 during Dec. ~ next Jan.
CNY200 during Jan. 1 ~ 5 on Chinese lunar calendar, as well as May 1 ~ 3 & Oct. 1 ~ 5 on solar calendar.
Notice: The admission fee doesn’t cover the entrance ticket of Puji Temple, Fayu Temple, Huiji Temple, Purple Bamboo Woods, or Nanhai Guanyin Statue. You need to pay extra money for entry.
Round-trip cableway (Puji Temple - Foding Hill)CNY 70
Putuoshan - Banshengdong yachtCNY 28 or so
Banshengdong - Shenjiamen Bus Station taxi fareCNY 15
Shenjiamen - Ningbo coachCNY 57
Day 2 Ningbo - Shanghai
Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo
Route: Tianyi Pavilion - Moon Lake Park - City God Temple Pedestrian Street - Tianyi Square 

You are suggested to start today's independent Shanghai side trip to Ningbo with the famous Tianyi Pavilion. You can either ask the hotel staff which bus line you should take to reach there, or take a direct taxi ride to the pavilion. Then get out from the southern gate and walk eastwards along Maya Street to visit the Moon Lake Park at the end of the street. After that, follow Liuting Street to the east for about 650 meters (710 yards) and you will arrive see a big arch on your southern side. Walk through the arch to enter the City God Temple Commercial Block, where you can taste various authentic local cuisines. After that, you may go northwards to the modern Tianyi Square to do some shopping.

Your 2-day independent Putuoshan tour package will end at this point. Please take a taxi to Ningbo Railway Station to catch your return high speed train to Shanghai. 

Tour Highlights 

Tianyi Pavilion: Built during the reign of the Emperor Jiajin (1561 - 1566), it is the oldest private library of China, collecting nearly 300,000 ancient books and scrolls. You can also admire the beauty of the southern private garden while wandering around elaborately decorated rockeries, ponds, and pavilions.

Moon Lake Park: This park is like an exquisite bonsai in the middle of busy blocks. It was dug in 636 and you can still find some old residences and historical buildings in the park, shaded by lush trees. Some of them have been developed into exhibition halls. You may drop by to admire their interior decorations and get to know their past. 

Tianyi PavilionCNY 30
Moon Lake ParkFree
Tianyi Square - Ningbo Railway Station taxi fareCNY 10 or so
Ningbo - Shanghai high speed trainCNY 110 for a second-class seat
 More Related Packages:

Wuzhen Water Town: 2 days Shanghai side trip to explore Dongzha and Xizha districts in Wuzhen.

Yangzhou: visit Slender West Lake, Ge and He Gardens, Bonsai Garde in neighboring Yangzhou.

Spend Weekend in Wuxi: 2 days independent tour to visit the Head Turtle Isle and Mt. Lingshan.

Questions & Answers
Asked by Mr.SHAHADAT530 | Mar. 12, 2019 18:49Reply
Which is the best means of transport from Ningbo airport or train station to the Ningbo Sanjiang
Which is the best means of transport from Ningbo airport or train station to the Ningbo Sanjiang Cruise terminal? What is the best location for watching the sunset & what’s most spectacular view in all of Ningbo, China?

Ningbo is a city in China. I want to know about Ningbo. If you leave valuable comments, I will be very happy. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Karen | Mar. 18, 2019 19:41

Since there is no direct transportation from the airport or train station to Sanjiang Cruise Terminal, as I know, I kindly suggest you charter a private car or hail a taxi if you take large luggage. Some of Ningbo's islands, such as Yushan Island, Tantou Mountain Island and Shipu Dock, are perfect places for sunset viewing. Ningbo originated from Hemudu culture, so in order to better understand the history and culture of Ningbo, you can visit the Hemudu Site Museum, and other must-see sites in Ningbo like Tianyi Pavilion, the earliest extant private library in China, Xikou-Tengtou Tourist Area, Old Bund of Ningbo, Nantang Old Street, Dongqian Lake scenic tourist area and so on.
Asked by marie from CANADA | Mar. 06, 2019 06:28Reply
Could you confirm that we can go on a cruise from shanghai to japan and come back after 7 nights?
Answers (3)
Answered by Paul from USA | Mar. 06, 2019 08:28

Yes as long as your flight to Shanghai does not stop in the same country as the first port of the cruise. Same with your flight home it cannot go through the same country as the last port of the cruise before shanghai.
Answered by marie eve from CANADA | Mar. 07, 2019 04:39

The flight is from Canada to SH (direct flight) and we will visit SH 2 days and then take a 7-days cruise from SH to various ports of Japan including Tokyo the last stop. Upon return, the boat returns to SH and we take a flight to Canada.
Arrived in SH on March 19th
Departure on a cruise on March 21st
Return of cruise March 28
Return flight on March 28
So can you confirm that we're alright with the 144 hours? I'm so sorry, I feel insecure about this so thank you for your understanding and patience...
Answered by Grayson from UKRAINE | Mar. 10, 2019 20:56

Yes, you can enjoy the 144 hours visa free policy.
Asked by Dan Cuejilo from UNITED STATES | Jan. 09, 2019 10:12Reply
My wife and i are starting a cruise from Shanghai on February 3. We arrive on Jan. 31 early morning.
We will be in Shanghai until February 3. Cruise will end in Singapore on Feb. 17. Do we qualify for the 144 hour visa exemption?
Answers (1)
Answered by Remi from DENMARK | Jan. 09, 2019 18:02

Yes, you qualify for the 144 hour visa exemption.
Asked by Andrew Kouba from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 07, 2018 15:19Reply
What is the fastest way from Pudong Airport to Hyatt On The Bund, 199 Huangpu Road, Hongkou Qu Shang
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy from CANADA | Aug. 07, 2018 18:36

The fastest way is to take shuttle bus line 5 from the airport to East Yan’an Road, Middle Zhejiang Road and then take a taxi to the hotel. It takes about 1 hour.
Asked by Ara from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 30, 2018 06:50Reply
Shanghai to Mt Putuo by airplane?

I am going to Mt Putuo in September from Shanghai. I am thinking to go there by airplane from Shanghai, as I will be travelling with mum and would like to make the shortest transport time possible to Mt Putuo. I'm thinking by airplane. How can we go to Mt Putuo by airplane from Shanghai? In Mt Putuo, how do we go around there visiting places? Is there any public transport there? Do we need to book in advance? Can we book a private driver to take us around? Your advise is much appreciated.
Answers (1)
Answered by Janice | May. 02, 2018 02:29

Hi, in my opinion, it is not convenient and economical to fly from Shanghai to Mt. Putuo. The most common way to get there from Shanghai is by bus or ship. Both of them are convenient, but considering that the ship is easily to be cancelled due to the bad weather, I would suggest you take bus directly. The bus leaves from Shanghai South Long Distance Bus Station and reaches Putuoshan Long Distance Passenger Transport Station. It takes around 4.5 hours and costs CNY138/220.

There is no taxi or private car in Mt. Putuo scenic spot. You can take tourism buses or go on foot to visit the attractions. Hope the information helps.
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