Location: 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, Zhoushan is listed in the World's four largest
History: According to the historical relics discovered in Zhoushan, it
reveals that human beings dwelled here as early as 5,000 years ago.
During the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), it was well known as the
place where one of the three celestial islands locates. Some
explorers visited the island seeking for a longevity drug.
Administrative unit began to be established here in the Tang
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).
Climate: Strongly affected by the sea, Zhoushan 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.
When to Go: The best time to tour the Zhoushan Islands is during June to
October. During the typhoon period, weather forecast and marine
information should be followed closely.
Fishery, Taoist culture and seashore are the advantages to the
development of the city. Centered by the three main features,
Zhoushan holds several festivals yearly.
Zhoushan Seafood Festival: in Shenjiamen Port, Zhoushan Main
Island, during July to October
Putuo Mountain Nanhai Kwan-yin Cultural Festival: in Putuo Mountain
Zhoushan International Sand-sculpture Festival: in Nansha Scenic,
Zhujiajian Town (Zhujiajian is the fifth largest island southeast
of Zhoushan), during July to October
Special Local product: shell carving, fisherfolk tapestry, Putuo Buddha tea, sea product
(eel, crab, jellyfish, mud snail and yellow croaker)
Mt. Putuoshan Scenic Spot : Reputed as the Buddhist kingdom on the
sea, Putuo Mountain, 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 Zhoushan 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 of Zhoushan.
Dinghai: Dinghai is the head of the islands of Zhoushan, 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
Other Scenic Spots:
Daishan Island: famous for pleasant weather as well as charming and
gentle sceneries of mountains, harbors, sand, rocks and old
Shengsi Archipelago: famous for the amorous scenes of fishing
ground and mirage
Tourist Tips: 1. Zhoushan Zhujiajian Airport stands on the north of Zhujiajian
Island. From the airport, there are airport buses to Zhoushan Main
Island, Dinghai and Shenjiamen. Flights to Beijing, Shanghai,
Xiamen and Mt. Wuyi are available.
2. Zhoushan 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 is the main vehicle in Zhoushan City. Docks link the island
together. In addition, Zhujiajian Island has bridge connecting with
the Zhoushan 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 Putuo Mountain from the Wugong Dock
north of Zhujiajian. In the Putuo Dock, visitors can take ships not
only to Zhoushan Main Island or many other islands in Zhoushan, but
also to Shanghai and Ningbo.