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China Top Four Buddhist Mountains


Scratching the surface, you will find the religion scene in China is vibrant, diverse and harmonious. Buddhist temples, Taoist monasteries, Islamic mosques, Christian churches and Confucius memorial halls crowd China’s mist-shrouded mountains. Among them, Taoism, China’s most influential indigenous religion, and Buddhism, which originated from India and flourished in China, dominate the scene.

By now, China boasts the largest number of Buddhist population on earth, and a phenomenal collection of Buddhist Mountains, temples, monasteries, grottoes, caves and academies rare seen in the world.

Though outshone by those classy temples in India, Chinese Buddhist mountains, caves and temples, which reflect the oneness of man and nature, are exquisite, well-proportioned, amiable and manageable.

Since the remote antiquity, China’s otherworldly mountains have been deemed as the abodes of the immortals. Monks, hermits and emperors streamed in to build, worship and admire temples and cloisters there, to cultivate mind and merit, as well as to meditate and draw inspiration. The top four excellent examples include Mt Putuo, Mt Wutai, Mt Emei and Mt Jiuhua.

These four mountains, which have their own personality, offer ideal getaway into nature and something for everyone. In addition to the postcard-perfect scenery, they also allures for myriad colorful outdoor funs, engaging festivals&events.

With so much choice, your only question is when and where to begin. Absolute China Tours (ACT) recommend you savor up the classic beauty of China Top Four Buddhist Mountains first, then, explore China Top 12 Buddhist Grottoes. If your quench for Kung Fu is too overpowering, then head to Shaolin Temple in Henan province first. You can study the basic movements with Kung Fu masters there and show off in front of your friends. I am sure they will be green with envy.

Dive in and let us enjoy. Do not be surprised when your China pilgrimage odyssey turned out to an eye-opening and mind-blowing affair meanwhile…


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Emei Mountain

Location: Emeishan City,Sichuan

Feature: As the king of China's four holy Buddhist Mountains, Mt Emei is famous for temples, monkeys, centuries-old festivals and outdoor ice activities in each winter. The vista is divine at the 3077m high Golden Peak.

Wutai Mountain

Location: Shangxi Province

Feature: Deemed as the home of Wenxu Bodhisattva, the time-honored and massive Mt Wutai  is also famous in Burma, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepa...

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Mount Jiuhua : the Land of Buddha and Lotus

Location:Chizhou, Anhui Province.

Feature: Emitting a palpable air of Buddhist mystery, Mount Jiuhua, the abode of the Bodhisattva Dizang(King of the Underworld), is a maze of 99 pinnacles, monasteries, nunneries and twisting trails.

Since the 8th century, throngs of pilgrims scaled its perilous trails to pray for the recently deceased.

Putuo Mountain

Location: Zhoushan Island,Zhejiang

Feature: Perched on the rim of the East Sea, Putuo Mountain is the most dazzling gem among a string of 1390 islands and islets. This 12.93km2-islet is the divine adobe of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. Lapped by tides and haunted by mists, Mount Putuo can easily evoke a feeling of mystique and sanctity. It comes alive during the birthday of Guanyin. Be prepared for the crowds at weekends and China public holidays.


Map of China Top Four Buddhist Mountains

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Map of China Top Four Buddhist Temples

China Famous Monks: Xuan Zang, Jian Zhen

For the curious travelers who want to learn more of China top Buddhist celebrities, here goes a short introduction: “A lot of outstanding experts and monks specialized in Buddhism and sutras were born in China, like Xuan Zang who successively visited India and spent an epic 40 years to translate the Indian sutras into Chinese. His contribution in promoting Buddhism in China is immeasurable. Jian Zhen, who showed great determination in bringing Buddhism to Japan, did not succeed until the 7th voyage. He successfully promoted Buddhism into that island country, against all odds, and never came back again.”

Susan Wang's remark of Buddhism

"Thanks to the extensive influence of Buddhism, Chinese culture is so sophisticated and Chinese people are so kind-hearted and versatile. Many Chinese people believe in Buddhism, so many Chinese people support the development of Buddhism. In particular, in today’s society, the mentality and soul are both isolated and wasted when human being is busy with making money and going into business.

The desertification of heart actually becomes the hidden danger of modern times. Buddhism appealing for soul cultivation and meditation should be the backbone of human’s mind.

It is significant and meaningful for people’s health both in mental and physical growth. China traditionally is Kingdom of Buddhism, and Buddhism is also one of the most influential religions."
Rewritten by Sophia  on Jan 24, 2014


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