Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan), Zhoushan

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Marvel at the 33 m (108 ft) gilded statue of Guanyin Goddess of Mercy and Compassion at Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan), one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Part of the Zhoushan archipelago, this spectacular island-mountain is arguably the most beautiful of the 400 islands--peaks of a submerged mountain range. Take the ferry from Zhoushan to explore the mountain's three major temples, plus a cable car offering spectacular scenery. Walk along two long sandy beaches, or take a stroll in the woods and observe a 1,000-year-old camphor tree amid magnificent hornbeams. A popular tourist place and pilgrimage spot, the island also has modern facilities. Take a look at our Zhoushan online trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A car from Shanghai to Zhoushan, to reach the head of a boat to climb the mountain. Everyone has to pay a few hundred to get to the mountain. The air is first-class, because the two old, so only to the Purple Bamboo grove, the South China Sea, and the largest temples incense. Walk slowly and walk for a few hours.
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  • I went by fast ferry from Shanghai. It is not listed in the Guidebook of Japan, 二日 one-night journey to a better place. You want to go again.
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  • Very busy, very crowded, very tiring (walking everywhere). Pretty basic for western travellers as everything is in Mandarin - but still worth the effort.  more »

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