Putuoshan Island is one of the larger islands belonging to the
Zhoushan Archipelago, a group of in all some 1400 islands located
at the mouth of Hangzhou Bay, not far from the city of Ningbo,
Putuoshan Island covers an area of some 12 square kilometers, most
of which is pristine nature. There are fantastic vistas of the surrounding seascapes from Putuo
Mountain, which is one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Chinese
Buddhism. It is also home to the most famous Guanyin Temple in all of China
(Guanyin is the Goddess of Mercy and the patron saint, as it were,
1. It has many beaches among which Hundred Step Beach (600
meters long) and Thousand Step Beach (1700 meters long) are the two
major ones with facilities such as deckchairs, parasols and water
2. 33m tall statue of the Guan Yin at Zizhulin
3. Putuo Mountain is located on the island, one of the Four
Sacred Mountains of Buddhism. There are a number of temples on
Mount Putuo. During it heyday, there were 3 main temples, 88
monasteries, and 128 thatched houses for various other persons
engaged in work in support of the temples and monasteries on the
island, and more than 4000 monks were in active service on the
mountain. Mount Putuo was understandably a place of great
reverence, being referred to as the "First Buddhist Kingdom in
4. It is a tourist site for those in search of rare mountain
beauty and tranquil walks among historical and religious relics.
There are luxuriant trees everywhere on the island - especially a
large number of ancient camphor trees - filled with a host of
singing birds. The ground below is covered in season with fragrant
flowers. Putuoshan Island has been aptly called "A Botanical Garden
on a South Sea Island".
Located in the Putuoshan Islands, Mountain Putuo is one of
China's four sacred Buddhist mountains, particularly oriented
toward the Buddhist deity Guanyin, the goddess of mercy and
compassion. Legend has it that Guanyin once showed her bodily
presence here and left a number of historical sites. The temples
and shrines on the island are full of colorful sculptures depicting
the deity in her various forms, from the common-seen South Sea
Guanyin at her welcoming perch overlooking the sea, to various
depictions of the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, whose tangle of limbs
represents her ability to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.
The Mountain was originally called Mountain Meicun for a man named
Meifu in the Han Dynasty had once lived here. It got the sacred
spirit after a Japanese monk who came to China to seek for help.
The monk planned to carry a Guanyin sculpture obtained from
Mountain Wutai back to Japan. But unfortunately he was stopped by a
storm at this area. he believed that the Guanyin was reluctant to
live, so he landed and built the "Unwilling to Leave Nunnery" to
host the sculpture. Since ever, the mountain has been heavily
visited by pilgrims.
Saturated with the fragrance of incense and strains of Buddhist
chants, Mountain Putuo now offers a spiritual sanctuary contrast to
the wafting, exhaust fumes and the din of auto horns that haunt
many cities we live.
Location: It is located about 150 km (100 mi) southeast of Shanghai, in the
west of the island prefecture of Zhoushan, Zhejiang province.
Transportation: Putuo Island can be reached by boat from Shanghai and Ningbo.
Ferries from Shanghai:
1) Ferries are available at Wusong Pier in Pudong District:
departure at 20:00, arrival at 07:30; return ferry for Shanghai
departs at 16:30, and arrives Shanghai at 06:30.
2) Visitors can also take speedboats. Special buses pick up at
Nanpu Bridge (take public bus No 65, 43, 868 or 869), and drive to
Luchao Pier to board the speedboat. Departure times from Nanpu
Bridge are at 07:30 and 08:00. It takes about 2 hours from Nanpu
Bridge to Luchao Pier, and another two and a half hours to
Speedboats from Ningbo:
Reference departure time from Daxie Pier: 07:35, 07:55, 08:15,
09:50, 09:45, 10:45, 11:15, 12:05, 13:50, 14:30, 14:50, 15:50,
16:15. It takes about 70 minutes to Putuoshan.