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Mount Putuo

Time:2018-06-14     Click:Loading   【Print】  【Close

Putuo Shan
Mount Putuo, a Buddhist Kingdom on Sea
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Mount Putuo lies to the east of Zhoushan City. Zhoushan City is situated on Zhoushan Island that in turn gives its name to a group of some four hundred small islands off the east coast of China in Zhejiang Province. These islands are in fact the peaks of submerged mountains and so rise steeply from the sea. The Putuo Mountain dominates the small rhomboidal land mass with its total area of about 12.5 square kilometres (4.8 square miles). The mountain is of one of four in the country that are held sacred by Buddhists and it was here that over the centuries a large Buddhist community was once to evolve.

 

Heaven of the Sea and Kingdom of the Buddhists
The island's scenic beauty meant it was the perfect setting for temples and other religious buildings. In due course, it became known as the 'Heaven of the Sea and Kingdom of the Buddhists'. In its heyday, the island had eighty-two temples and nunneries together with some one hundred and twenty-eight shelters that between them housing 4,000 Buddhist monks and nuns. Even today visitors to the island will encounter monks in their traditional robes as they walk along the many paths that criss-cross the picturesque landscape.

 

Fayu Buddhist Temple

This temple dates from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and covers 11,000 square meters (2.7 acres).
 

Fayu Temple
Construction of the temple commenced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the buildings hug the mountainside in the seclusion of lofty and ancient trees.

 

Huiji Temple
This is known also as the Buddhist Hilltop Temple (Fodingshan) on account of its elevated position.

 

Green Forests in Centre of the Island
The centre of the island is covered with rich green forests that form a tranquil setting appropriate to a place of quiet religious contemplation. It is here that magnificent and protected hornbeams grow as well as the famous one-thousand-year-old camphor tree, a particularly fine tree species with a circumference measuring 6 meters (20 feet).

 

Sandy Shores of the Island
The sandy shores of the island are also special features and particularly attractive to tourists are the bays known as 'The Thousand-Step Sands' with its 1.5 kilometer (0.9 mile) beach and the smaller 'Hundred-Step Sands'. These fine beaches are very popular with bathers and also have entertainment facilities.

It is small wonder that this island is famed for having such a delightful combination of mountain scenery and seascapes.

 

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