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“Beautiful Islands with Very Beautiful Temples”

Putuo Mountain (Putuoshan)
Ranked #1 of 75 things to do in Zhoushan
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Owner description: Located on an island in the East China Sea, this mountain is one of the four Buddhist shrines in the country, which features many temples and nunneries.
Reviewed May 29, 2013

My wife and I went here with some friends to Pai Pai. The Temples are really beautiful. Such a sacred place for a great lady, Quan Yin Ma. It is best if you speak Chinese, or go with someone who does, as most of the people in China, only speak Chinese. The restaurants serve only vegetarian dishes, but I had some sweat and sour something, that was really good. They also have many sea food dishes. They have shuttle buses running constantly to the many Temples on the island, but we preferred to walk to many of them. They have very nice walking trails as well as the very well maintained roads. The island is very clean, but very crowded at times with mostly Chinese tourist. We stayed at one of the hotels on the island, which I thought was a little pricie, but you have to expect that from a tourist spot. I don't remember the name of the hotel, the rooms were fairly small, (but we weren't going to live there, just take a shower, and sleep,) but they were clean. Another drawback, I could only find one English channel on the TV, HAHAHA, I staring thinking about a Chinese visitor to the US, trying to find a Chinese station in America. All in all, we had a very enjoyable two days on the island.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

If you are foreign expect discrimination and the run around. The taxi drivers claim they dont kow where any thing is at, the locals swindle the foreigners. Simply put these islands are simply not tourist friendly. It is almost impossible to get someone to help you. We took a fairy to a neighboring Island because we were told we must go there if we wanted any thing to eat. We paid 22 RMB and boarded the fairy, upon arrival we were then told we must pay an additional 160 RMB to exit the port. Yes there were restaurants there but they were filthy and offered no menus with pictures (hey we werent even asking for English menus). Our return fairy trip was now 26 RMB and when we finally did get a cab he drove us around for one hour claiming he did not know where the bus station was. Upon finally arriving at the bus station our bus had already departed and another bus was not available until 6:45 the next morning. The cab driver generously offered to take us back to Hangzhou for 3000 RMB Seriously? So we were forced to say the night. After entering 7 different hotels we finally got a room which took two hours to book. Why did it take so long to get a room? As soon as we walked in we were told there was no vacancy. Highly unlikely. We finally told one Inn keeper that we were going to sleep in the lobby then, wow all the sudden there was a room available. Go figure but of course we were overcharged. Shall I go on??

3  Thank Shawn Y
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you are visiting do not miss out on Putuo Mountain. This place is very famous in Chinese Buddhism and it's definitely worth visiting. The little isolated mountain has many temples and monasteries. You can get to this island by boat which leaves every 10 minutes. The island is pretty big so you can walk to all the temples but there are shuttle bus rides to all locations as well. Dedicate a whole day on your visit if you can. You can also stay on the island in hotels if you want.

Be aware that there are fees to get in the famous temples, and do not forget about the boat ride fees.

Try to avoid the time around February 19, June 19, and September 19 when it welcomes millions of people for the celebration of the birth of Guanyin, being a monk and being bodhisattva respectively. These times of the year this place is super packed.

There are great seafood places around the area in the surrounding beach cities and towns.

2  Thank Anita D
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

It's an island that has a lot of buddhist monasteries. I go here every year to worship and pray. It's our family's yearly tradition and ritual. It's truly a blessed journey to go here and also a very sacred place

1  Thank Wasabi416
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We visited Putuo Mountain by joining a tour group from Manila, Philippines as part of a pilgrimage tour.

It took us 3 days, 2 nights to visit the entire area, including the huge Guan Yin statue and various temples. The place has a calming ambiance. First time in a few years that I slept around 9 pm, to be able to participate in pre-dawn mass.

If you are a fan of vegetarian food, this is a good place to be.

3  Thank HershC
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