The Putuo Cliff is surrounded by mountains. There are many huge
stones which are steep. It’s a huge and steep rock,
resembling the head of a tiger. So, it’s commonly known as the
Tiger Head Cliff. In the Zhengyuan reign of the Tang Dynasty, Da
Dian, an eminent monk, came here and built the Putuo Cliff Temple.
In the 1st year of the Xian gxing reign of the Southern Song (1278 A.D.), Fang Yuanshun,
the ancestor of Fang Family in Huilai, concealed himself in the
Putuo Cliff with his family in order to elude the soldiers of the
Yuan Dynasty. They opened up wasteland, established forests and
planted crops. They then rebuilt the temple and established the “
Puto Mountain House”, including, the meditation room, the Buddhist
hall and the Bell house. On the left of it are deep hole and
fountain. On the right of it is the scene of West Lake Mountain.
There are a lot of wonderful legends here, such as, “Rice-produced
and Oil-produced Holes”, “the Revival of Snail and carp” and
“Flying Bell and Furnace”. They are all full of morals and
give people edification. Because of quiet and secluded environment
as well as miraculous and touching legends, the Putuo Cliff has
always been looked on as a holy land.