Putuo Son - Sacred Mountains of China

The place where Sun Wukong met Guan Yin Bodhisattva in "Journey to the West" is one of the four sacred peaks in China.

Putuo Mountain is the name of a small island in the South China Sea, Zhejiang Province. The  Mount Jiuhua, Mount Emei (Myshan), Mount Wutai, Putuo Mountain are considered as the four most scared mountains of Chinese Buddhism.

Legend has it that in 858, the monk Tue Ngoc brought the statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara from Wuyi Mountain to Japan by boat. As he passed through this place, there were many lotus flowers floating on the sea, which made the ship unable to move. He understood that Guan Yin did not want to go to Japan, so he transferred the statue to the island, built the Puji Temple (bu ken qu guanyin yuan).

The legend is quickly known. The number of pilgrims to the island is increasing. In the most prosperous times, the island had 4 large temples, 106 small temples, more than 4,654 monasteries. 

Putuo Son is one of the pilgrimage sites attracting domestic and foreign tourists in China.

To get to Putuo, from Hangzhou, you travel four hours by car, to the pier, buy ferry tickets (about 25 yuan, travel time is 15 minutes). After arriving at the other ferry terminal, you walk for about 15 minutes or free shuttle bus to the center of the island.

Three clusters of pagodas attract most visitors island is Guan Yin statue (Quan Yin not go), Puji Temple and Fayu Temple.

You can also go to the village, find out the life and activities of local people, look at the house more than 100 years old. Visit the restaurant and enjoy local delicious dishes. Please note that this place is an island, and is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in China, the number of tourists is very large, the price is often high. You need to ask the price in advance so that you do not get cheated.

At night, do not forget to walk with your companions on the streets away from people, breathe fresh air, enjoy the quietness on the island. Also in this time, the system of lights at the foot Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara at the highest point is lit, making the space more virtual and mystical.

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