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4 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour with Shanghai Essence

Holy Mountain Pilgrimage from Shanghai


“A mountain is not famous for its height but for its holiness”. Mount Jiuhua (Jiuhuashan), located in Qingyang County, Chizhou City of Anhui Province is the holy mountain for Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. It is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China, together with together with Mount Wutai in Shanxi, Mount Putuo in Zhejiang and Mount Emei in Sichuan.

No matter you are interested in profound Chinese Buddhism culture, or want to pay a pilgrimage to this holy land, you’ll be satisfied with the classic itinerary we specially designed for travelers who get to Mount Jiuhua from Shanghai. Meanwhile, you won’t miss the highlights of the west meets east metropolis - Shanghai!

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Shanghai / Mount Jiuhua
Travel Length:
4 Days & 3 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the biggest metropolis of China!

Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of the airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Optional Evening Activity - Enjoy an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World or other acrobatic theatres.

Shanghai Night
Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Shanghai exploration. The first stop is to visit Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. It is an ideal place to learn about the profound Chinese history and culture.

Then, take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all dotted ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan which fully embodies the traditional design of architecture. Jagged pavilion with elegant decoration, glittering pools with roving fish, sprouting pine trees, all these pleasant scenes refresh both your eyes and mood. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks or bargain at some elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works as souvenirs.

After lunch, drive a few kilometers to Lujiazui Area of Pudong New District to visit visit “the eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) where you can have a panoramic view of the whole Shanghai and Huangpu River area. Ascend yourselves to 474 meters on the 100th floor to experience sky walk on the transparent glass-walled walkway and feel Shanghai lying under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.

Later, move to another popular landmark of Shanghai - Nanjing Road which is shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the local modern atmosphere. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund. Originally the towpath for transporting, the Bund transformed into a feverish trading district during European concession period. Stroll along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Optional Evening Activity - Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

Shanghai MuseumBeautiful The BundClassical Yu Garden in Shanghai
Day 3 Shanghai & High Speed Train to Mount Jiuhua (B)

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up and escorted to the railway station to catch a G train to Chizhou City in Anhui Province. Chizhou is 430 km west from Shanghai, taking about 3 hours and 40 minutes by high speed train.

Upon arrival, be met by the local guide and driver at Chizhou Railway Station and driven about 40 km directly to Mount Jiuhua. Check in your hotel in Mount Jiuhua and take a short rest. In this afternoon, you’ll have a half-day Buddhism exploration.

Mount Jiuhua, also called Jiuhuashan, is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, together with Mount Wutai in Shanxi, Mount Putuo in Zhejiang and Mount Emei in Sichuan. Mount Jiuhua is dedicated to Ksitigarbha (Chinese Pinyin: Dizang), a bodhisattva and protector of beings in hell realms according to Mahayana Buddhist tradition. This holy land with over 1600 years is listed as “National AAAAA Tourist Attraction” and reputed as “Buddhist Heaven for Lotus Flowers”.

Firstly, you’ll take cable car up to Longevity Palace, where preserves a saint Buddhist Mummy of monk Wu Xia in the Hall of Sacred Remains, and visit Hall of Five Hundred Arhats with 500 bronze statues, and this splendid site can be seen only in this Buddhist Mountain. Reach the viewing deck of Longevity Palace to have grand, holy and mysterious view of the undulating mountains in the shape of a natural Sleeping Buddha. Later, take cable car down to Jiuhua Street and continue to visit the Incarnation Grand Hall, the burying place for Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva - Kim Qiaojue. Be followed a visit to Zhiyuan Temple to see the holy Buddhas and appreciate the precious Tripitaka, the only Tripitaka in Chinese engraved by the official in Qing Dynasty and Huacheng Temple, the oldest and leading temple of Mount Jiuhua. Stay overnight in Jiuhuashan.

Sleeping Buddha Five Hundred ArhatsFresh Hall
Day 4 Mount Jiuhua & Chizhou Departure (B)

After breakfast, you’ll begin today’s visit to fully explore Mount Jiuhua. First, take cableway up to Tiantai (Heavenly Terrace) Scenic Area at altitude of 1306 meters. A saying goes “You never reach Mount Jiuhua without a visit to Heavenly Terrace Peak”. Get up at the top of Heavenly Terrace Peak and catch a panoramic view of Mount Jiuhua with many peaks to see, including the highest peak - Shiwang Peak at 1342 meters. Walk to the highest temple of Jiuhuashan - Tiantai Temple to visit the Hall of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and Hall of Thousands of Buddha. After absorbing the strong Buddhist culture and breathtaking scenery, get down to visit Ancient Lecture where Kim Ksitigarbha chanted Avatamsaka Sutra. Transfer to visit the 7.68-meter-tall Phoenix Old Pine which looks like the flying phoenix spreading its wings.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station to take your flight / train to next destination! Service ends!

Departure Ideas: 1. Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport has flight connecting with Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jinan, and Nanjing, etc. 2. Chizhou Railway Station has high speed trains with Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, etc.

Tiantai Temple

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