Mount Jiuhua

Mt. Jiuhua (Jiuhuashan) is located in Qingyang County, Chizhou City, Anhui Province, near Mt. Huangshan in the south. It owns the reputation of international Buddhist temple for Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and known as one of the four famous mountains of Chinese Buddhism, along with Mt. Emei in Sichuan, Mt. Wutai in Shanxi and Mt. Putuo in Zhejiang.

Mt. Jiuhua was originally known as Jiuzi Mountain, and due to the shape of lotus nine peaks, hence change the name to Jiuhua Mountain in Tang Dynasty. It contains 99 peaks and the highest one is about 1342 meters above sea level, followed by Tiantai Peak.

Jiuhuashan Tourist Map

Top things to do in Mt. Jiuhua

Today majority of tourists come here to pray peaceful life, learn about the Buddhist Culture and enjoy the nature by visiting the areas of Jiuhuajie (Jiuhua Street), Tiantai, Ksitigarbha bronze statue and Huatai scenic spots.

No.1: Ganlu Temple Scenic Area

If you climb Mt. Jiuhuashan from the North side, don’t forget to visit Ganlu Temple before you get to Jiuhua Street. Surrounded by peaceful environment and natural scenery with flourish ancient trees and flowing spring water, it preserves cultural relics of great buddha’s hall, inscription and many more. Also the famous Jiuhuashan Buddhist College is located here for tourists learn some Buddhism before their tours.

No.2: Jiuhuajie Scenic Area

With 4 square kilometers, Jiuhuajie scenic area actually is a small town with kinds of shops, hotels, temples, monks and laymen living together. Having a cultural landscape, this place gathers tourists from home and aboard to visit spots, like Huacheng Temple, Release Pond, Zhiyuan Temple, Tianchi Temple in the street; Longevity Palace, East cliff Temple, Huixiang Pavilion in the front mountain; the Hall of Sacred Remains, Jizo temple which need to climb 400 steps to visit. It’s the core center for tourists lingering of one day, also the start point to take caber car to Longevity Palace.

Huacheng Temple: Located in the center of Jiuhua Street, Huacheng Temple is the holiest temple on Mt. Jiuhuashan. It includes four main parts: gate hall, main shrine hall, backyard and depository of Buddhist Sutras with simple construction but decorated in exquisite engraving and patterns lasting hundreds of years. There is a Crescent-shaped Lake in front of Huacheng Temple called Release Pond for monks and pilgrims to set captive animals free.

Longevity Palace: Built in Ming Dynasty, Longevity Palace preserves a Buddhist Mummy-Wu Xia. It was said that Wu Xia was studied here before he died in his 126 years old and his body was found after 3 years his death without corrupted, later here was called Longevity Palace to memorize him. Apart from the worship and prayer, this palace attracts tourists with its unique five-layer building exquisite architecture and grand structure along the cliff.

Enter inside, you will find a Hall of five hundred arhats, which is another new architectural complex of castle-shaped, boasting multiple vivid arhats’ statues spectacularly. Presently, this hall is unique among Four Chinese Buddhist Mountains.

Hall of Sacred Remains: Another highlight of Mt. Jiuhua, kept the Buddhist Mummy of Kim Gyo-gak, the Dizang Pusa. This tower type hall of fresh is one of the holy places to visit the mummy and walk around the temple to worship.

Huacheng Temple

Huacheng Temple Front Gate

No.3: Tiantai Scenic Area

Tiantai Scenic Area is full of spots both in foot of the Tiantai Peak and the summit. With peaks and rocks along the way, climbing needs to 3-4 hours to reach the famous Tiantai Temple in the top. You can take cable way to Ancient Baijing Platform to save much time. Also the Huiju Temple, Phoenix Pines and kinds of Buddhist Nun Communities in the foot are worth to visit.

Ancient Baijing Platform (Ancient Baijingtai): a must stop site for Prayers for its nick name of wish-making temple. Here has a big footprint in the stone left by golden ksitigarbha (the incarnation of ksitigarbha) when he had worshiped here according to legend.

Tiantai Temple: With altitude of 1325 meters, it’s the saint site to worship ksitigarbha. Also it’s the good place to watch the sunrise, the sea of clouds and overlooking other peaks and whole view of Jiuhua Street.

Tiantai Temple

Tiantai Temple from a distance

No.4: Huatai Scenic Area

Having typical features of granite terrain, Huatai area has the most magnificent and beautiful natural landscape, known as the most beautiful place in Jiuhua Mountain. Without any temples, it has peaks everywhere with different posture. Since the climbing road is quite dangerous and need 5-6 hours, taking caber way is better to appreciate the marvelous view.

Huatai Scenic View

Huatai Scenic View

No.5: Jizo Statue Scenic Area

Jizo statue scenic area is also known as big wish Culture Park, located next to tourist center in the foot of Mt. Jiuhua. The most must-see here is the 99 meters high bronze statue of Jizo, and before reach it, you have many spots to see along this 2 km visit road, like Bridge, Arch, Buddha Pool, Lotus Pure Land, Big Wish Square, etc. all related to Buddhism.

Jizo Statue

The 99 meters of Jizo Statue

How to get to Jiuhuashan

Nowadays, getting to Jiuhuashan is only rely on bus, but before that you can choose taking flight or train to arrive at some place nearby, like Hefei, Huangshan, Nanjing and transfer long-distance bus to Mt. Jiuhua.

By Air

Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport: with over 20 km away from Jiuhuashan Scenic Spots, Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport has operated flights to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Kunming, etc. And even some international flights to South Korea, Japan and other surrounding countries.

Or you can fly to nearby cities like Wuhu, Nanjing, Hefei or Huangshan airport, according to your convenience.

By Train

There is no train station around Mt. Jiuhua, but you can take train to Huangshan Railway Station, about 3 hours’ driving to Jiuhuashan Scenic Spots. It connects Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Jingdezhen and more cities directly.

By Long-distance Bus

If you come from Nanjing, you can take bus from the Nanjing Zhongyangmen station with four travel times (7:40am, 12pm, 2:50pm, and 4:20pm) and these rides will get you to Jiuhuashan four to four and a half hours later.

If you come from Hefei, the Hefei Tourism station has hourly bus rides to the mountain beginning 10am until 3pm. And lastly, the Huangshan Scenic area has two buses that go to Mount Jiuhua: one at 6:30am and one at 1:30pm.

Get Around Mt. Jiuhua (Jiuhuashan)

By bus/car: before arriving at Jiuhua Street, there is about 13 km highway. Taking tourist bus or private car driving is more convenient and time saving. Then you can walk between those Buddhist sites.

Take cableway: there are three cableways taking you to Longevity Palace, Tiantai scenic area and Huatai area, respectively.

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