Things to Do in Mount Wutai

Surrounding Taihuai Town, Mount Wutai (Wutaishan) is standing in the Wutai County of Xinzhou City, and said to be the dwelling place of Manjusri Bodhisattva and known as one of the four Chinese Buddhist Mountains. There were 360 temples built at Wutaishan scenic area in Tang Dynasty (618-907), now only 47 of them exist. And the famous temples include Xiantong temple, Tayuan temple, Pusa Ding, Shuxiang temple, etc. Besides, here have two earliest Chinese extant wooden architectures: Nanchan temple and Foguang temple.

Apart from visiting various temples, you can have a hiking around Wutaishan, join some featured activities to meet the locals and more things to do in Mount Wutai awaiting you.

Wutaishan Attraction Map

Mount Wutai

No.1: Mount Wutai (Wutaishan)

Type: Sacred Buddhist Mountain

Location: Taihuan Town of Wutai County, Xinzhou City, Shanxi, China

Representing a manifestation of Manjushri, Mount Wutai is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, along with Mt. Emei, Mt. Jiuhuashan and Mt. Putuoshan. It takes its name from its unusual topography, consisting of five rounded treeless peaks of North, South, East, West and Central. With such a spectacular formation and integration of many ancient temples tracing back to Tang dynasty, it was listed as World Heritage Site in 2009. Besides, due to the distance between five peaks, Mount Wutai is top choice for pilgrimage trekking.

Xiantong Temple

No.2: Xiantong Temple

Type: Buddhist Temple

Location: in the Wutaishan Scenic Area

There are many temples in Taihuai Town, surrounded by Mout Wutai, among them Xiantong Temple is the largest and oldest one, initially built in A.D. 68. Being the ancient royal temple of many dynasties, it left many precious relics, including the entire wooden great buddha hall, all bronze-made palaces and pure brick built immeasurable temple. All the three sites are the must-sees when you visit Xiantong Temple.

Pusa Ding

No.3: Pusa Ding

Type: Buddhist Temple

Location: in the Wutaishan Scenic Area

Serving as the largest monasteries of the Gelugpa sect in Mount Wutai, Pusa Ding was one of the dwellings of Manjusri Buddisattva and the royal temple during Qing dynasty. Featuring a special layout of red walls and splendid yellow glazed tile, this magnificent temple seems like a royal palace. Each year, at the period of June 4 to June 15 of lunar calendar, there is a big performance held to present the Gelugpa culture.

Tayuan Temple

No.4: Tayuan Temple

Type: Buddhist Temple

Location: in the Wutaishan Scenic Area

Nearby Xiantong Temple, there is another famous site, called Tayuan Temple, known to the outside with its tall white pagoda with 56.4 meters height, towering towards the skyline. Contrasting with the red temple walls, the white pagoda is quite obvious and eye-catching, making it as the symbol of Mount Wutai. Today, this place gathers numerous pilgrims to walk around.

Shuxiang Temple

No.5: Shuxiang Temple

Type: Buddhist Temple

Location: in the Wutaishan Scenic Area

In the name of Manjusri Buddisattva, Shuxiang Temple was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty. During several times reconstruction, now it has over 50 rooms and include the main building-Wenshuge, the biggest temple hall of this area. As the famous five temples of Mount Wutai, it’s known for its springs at the temple gate, the biggest Manjusri Buddisattva statue with 9.87 high and the five hundred Rohans’ map, which are the three must-sees when visiting this temple.

 Dailuo Ding

No.6: Dailuo Ding

Type: Religious Site

Location: in the Wutaishan Scenic Area

There is an old saying” you never been to Mount Wutai for not go to the top of Dailuo Ding”. It’s known to us for having five Ksitigarbha statues here, making a great convenience for religious tourists to worship them. The five statues represent the five peaks of Mount Wutai, so Dailuo Ding climbing is also called Xiaochaotai, comparing with the Mount Wutai Trekking for Dachaotai.

There are three ways to reach the top: hiking through 1080 steps of stone road, taking cableway and riding on a horse. In which way, you will have a panoramic view of Taihuai town.

Nanchan Temple

No.7: Nanchan Temple

Type: Buddhist Temple

Location: About 95 km south away from Taihuan Town

With 177 km from Mt. Wutai in the south, Nanchan Temple is located on the way to Taiyuan. It was built in Tang dynasty and has the oldest timber architecture of China with vivid Buddhist statues enshrined in. Looking around, the altar is embedded with 70 bricks of tile carvings. All these exquisitely rare treasures presented you what was like at Tang Dynasty palace of art.

Foguang Temple

No.8: Foguang Temple (Buddha Light Temple)

Type: Buddhist Temple

Location: 30 km north away from Wutai County

With over one thousand years of history, Foguang Temple is famous for numerous precious historical and cultural relics, like Great East Hall, ranging as the second preserved wooden architecture in China. Apart from that, Foguang Temple has another three unique representatives of Tang Dynaty, including sculpture, paintings and inscription. If interested, you can tour around casually to suck up the historical site.

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