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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Putuo Mountain, Zhoushan - Home of Guan Yin

普陀山 Putuo Mountain (Buddhist Mountain) home of Guan Yin Goddess - Zhoushan China.
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( avoid February 19, June 19, and September 19 when it welcomes millions of people for the celebration of the birth of Guanyin, . These times of the year this place is super packed ).

A truly rewarding experience, visiting the Kuan Yin Sanctuary at Putuo Mountain, walking to the different temples and shrines and contemplating the beauty of the landscape too!

It's an island that has a lot of buddhist monasteries. I go here every year to worship and pray. It's our family's yearly tradition and ritual. It's truly a blessed journey to go here and also a very sacred place

there are many legends surrounding the establishment of Putuoshan as a Buddhist sanctuary, the most-repeated is that during the ninth century, a Japanese monk making his way from China back to Japan carrying a statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, was caught in a storm. The Goddess appeared and told him to leave the statue and guided him to safety at Putuoshan where he erected a temple (Puji Si) in her honor.

Putuo Mountain (Buddhist Mountain) - Giant Size Guanyin
Putuo Mountain (or Putuo Shan), a national “AAAAA” class tourist scenic spot, is one of the four holy Buddhist Mountains (the others are Mt. Emei, Mt. Jiuhua and Mt. Wutai. If you have a free weekend, we recommend spending it here.

Huiji, Fayu and Puji Temples are the three largest temples on Nt. Putuo. Huiji Temple is on Foding Peak and is also called the Foding Peak Temple. It is hidden in the mountainous forests. Looking down at the peaks and islands makes it easy to immerse oneself in the serenity of this place.

About three kilometers down the mountain, you will find the Puji Temple. It was built during the Song Dynasty(960 – 1279) and covers about 11,000 square meters. Besides the figure of the Goddess of Mercy Kwan-yin herself, there are 32 reincarnations of her helping people of different appearances and identities.

Getting There: i suggest you take a high speed bullet train from shanghai to yiwu or hangzhou and travel from there. or take a flight to Ningbo.
from shanghai:
Mt. Putuo (admission fee: CNY 160.00) is in the middle of the Zhoushan Islands offshore from the city of Ningbo. The best way to get there is take the overnight ferry departing from the Shanghai Wusong Port every evening (at 19:20/20:00 – arriving the next day at 07:00/07:30). Tickets are available at the ferryboat agency (No. 59 East Jinling Road; Tel: 021-63283120; business hours 07:00 – 17:30) two days prior to departure. Passengers should note that boarding is at the Wusong Passenger Transportation Center (Tel: 021 – 56575500), not Wusong Port itself.

By air

Mount Putuo (Putuo Shan) airport is conveniently located on Zhujiajian island, a very short ferry ride away from Mount Putuo. Note that this local airport is also known as Zhoushan airport.

Following is a list of the routes currently served by the airport:

Shanghai, daily
Beijing, Wed., and Sat.
Xiamen, daily
Hong Kong, Thur., and Sun. (maybe charter)
Jinjiang, daily
Wuyishan, Wed. and Sat.

Schedules may vary. Please check with travel agents before making travel plans.

Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Xiamen are major air hubs. The international airports in these cities offer frequent international connections.

For air tickets please call 86-580-2027129, -2026799, -3019337 or -3019200, or contact local hotels: Xilei Villa 86-580-6091931, Xiling Hotel 86-580-6093101

By land
Most tourists arrive Port of Shenjiamen by land and then take a ferry or speed boat to Mount Putuo. Shenjiamen is the traditional gateway to Mount Putuo, and it takes as little as 15 minutes to reach Mount Putuo from Shenjiamen. Zhujiajian island is connected with Shenjiamen by a bridge. It is also convenient to reach Mount Putuo via Zhujiajian.

There are frequent tourist bus services available from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo to Shenjiamen, and these tourist buses may name their destination as Mount Putuo (Putuo Shan), although the buses actually stop at Shenjiamen near the ferry dock to Mount Putuo.

The comfortable bus rides take about 6.5 hours from Shanghai and less than 5 hours from Hangzhou. Currently the buses are ferried between mainland and Island of Zhoushan, and the above travel time includes this 45-minute ferry ride. The cost of the bus is currently about 140 Yuan ($19) per person one way from Shanghai.

Note that the coastal area near Mount Putuo is being rapidly developed, and new routes to Mount Putuo are expected to be added in near future.

By sea

Shanghai (Lucao harbor at Nanhui District) to Mount Putuo, scheduled speed boat service. Travel time is about 3 hours.

Shanghai (Port Wusong) to Mount Putuo. Regular passenger ship service. Travel time is about 12 hours.

Ningbo (Daxie harbor) to Mount Putuo. Speed boat dispatches every 30 minutes during day time. Travel time is about 1 hour.

Shenjiamen (Bansendong dock) to Mount Putuo, frequent speed boat service. Travel time is about 15 minutes.

Zhujiajian to Mount Putuo, speed boat service. Travel time is about 6 minutes. Zhujiajian island is where Mount Putuo (Putuo Shan) airport is situated. Zhujiajian is connected to Shenjiamen by a bridge.

join Putuoshan Tour via shanghai

Putuoshan Tour
ADD: Suite 1002, Guangfeng INT'L Building, 79# South 2nd Ring Rd, Xi'an, 710068, China

Tel: +86 (29) 6865 0391 (9:00am to 7:00pm)
Fax: +86 (29) 8526 2670

Tour Code: CCT-CZJT02S
Tour Price: From $130 USD exclude ferry price from shanghai

Destinations: Putuoshan
Tour Class: Standard
Tour Departure: Flexible

Day 1 (L, D)
Meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to Shanghai pier for the fast ferry (10:00 AM/12:00PM) to Putuoshan. After lunch, take a visit to Puji Temple. Originally built in Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD), Puji Temple is the largest and most spectacular temple on Putuoshan. Next you are escorted to visit Fayu Temple where is famous for the delicate wood carvings and ancient architectures. Continue to tour around Huiji Temple which was built on the top of the Foding Hill. Only in Huiji Temple is Buddha Sakyamuni worshiped. And there is a rich collection of ancient brick carvings portraying Kwan-yin Bodhisattva. After dinner, rest in local hotel.

Day 2 (B, L)
Morning tour takes you to explore Purple Bamboo Forest. There you can visit the Cave of Tidal Sound. It is not a real cave but a huge vertical gash in the cliff face. You can hear the thundering sound of the tide day and night, hence its name. Then take a visit to the Temple of Kwan-yin Who Refuses to leave which is the oldest and most important temple in Putuoshan. After lunch, take the fast ferry at 13:30PM to Shanghai. Transfer back to the hotel and service ends.

Prices of this tour
Group Size Quotations Single Supplement

10 Person or up USD130/Person USD40/Person
6-9 Person USD170/Person USD100/Person
2-5 Person USD250/Person USD100/Person

The quotations include:
1. Hotel accommodations with daily breakfasts.
2. Meals with multi-soft drinks indicated in the itinerary.
3. Admission fees for the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary.
4. English-speaking local guides and private air-conditioned vehicles.
5. Governmental taxes inside China within the tours where applicable.

The quotations exclude:
1. Shanghai arrival & departure transportation.
2. Single Supplement.
3. China visa handling fees.
4. Tips and personal expenses.

*Children age 3-11 and infants aged 1 year and under are free of charge, providing they sit with an accompanying adult.

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