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Wutai Shan (Five Terrace Mountain)

Within Wutai County, Wutai County 035500, China
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Ranked #1 of 31 attractions in Wutai County
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Religious Sites
Description: Consisting of five high plateaus, this area is one of China's four sacred Buddhist Mountains.
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Beijing, China
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Wutaishan (五台山) or Five Terrace Mountain is regarded as one of four sacred mountains of Buddhism in China with over 40 holy temples. It is known as the home of the bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjusri (wen2shu1-文殊), whose Sanskrit name means “He Who is Noble and Gentle.” Manjusri is often depicted with a sometimes flaming sword in his right hand—Vajra Sword... More

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Chengdu, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Its my Good luck that my friend invited me to joined them for hsi trip and I must say I really enjoyed it Fresh air and great scenic beauty , On of the most holy places in Chinese Buddhism . Wu means five, it has five flat peak of mountain and has 150 temples. Ming Dynasty Shuxiang Temple is impressive... More

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Sydney
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106 reviews 106 reviews
16 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

On our visit we visited 6 temples here and there are loads more to see. Some are picturesque and others just plain and historic. I thought that we could have seen them in less details, but our guide was very enthusiastic. Unless you are on a religious pilgrimage, I think you would want to visit the ones with photo opportunities... More

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Tours
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Wutaishan is a holly mountain with 48 lively buddhist temples spread in the mountain. The slopes are quite hard to climb (2 to 300 stair steps ! or better some chairlifts). A regular bus service brings you towards the temples but except for those located in the main center of the village, you will have to do some effort to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I went to Wutaishan from Beijing by train. It is about 6 hours’ train ride to Wutaishan station in a place called Shahe. Wutaishan peaks with its base as Taihuai town is actually another hour’s bus ride from there. I took the night train from Beijing and arrived at dawn, and there were several red buses waiting to take us.... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Wutaishan is a very interesting region, green and free from pollution and a great escape from the rather grim valleys below. The temples here are all in full use, very strong Tibetan Buddhist influence and lots of colourful, pious pilgrims. The difficulties here are reaching the high plateaus and remote temples as the most Chinese take a gruelling single day... More

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Irvine, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Liked: temples (follow the LP recommendation) Disliked: 1) unlike Mt. Emei were you can actually walk on the mountain, the environment here was given very little consideration. A main road (almost a motorway) runs throughout the town with roads to the the temples scattered all over the place. Also, the river is being forced to flow in a certain way... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Our family of 4 adults stayed here for 4 days in August 2012. The bad first: It had been very difficult to secure rooms online prior to our trip - it took dozens of emails. Although the Visitor Center has a large Welcome sign in English, no one there spoke any English. Our daughter speaks basic Mandarin but she was... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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84 reviews 84 reviews
39 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We visited the wutai shan temples on a tour around Shanxi and were not prepared to see such a beautiful nature and history. Starting on top and walking our way down to the pagoda through different main temples was a real treat and very very interesting. We were happy thou that it was off season, the number of tourists was... More

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seattle
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2006

very interesting experiences.

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