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2 Days Putuoshan Classic Tour from Shanghai

Sacred Buddist Mountain


Putuoshan is appealing to both Buddhists and regular tourists. It is one of the Four Buddhist Mountains in China as well as the most accessible one that you can easily get to from Shanghai (or Hangzhou, Ningbo). Though as a small island-like mountain, Putuoshan still retains a special spiritual atmosphere and pleasant natural surroundings, and seems more laid-back than the rest three Buddhist mountains.

On this 2 Days Putuoshan Tour which blends both the cultural and natural features of Putuoshan, you will be picked up at your location in Shanghai (hotel, train station, airport), then drive about 3.5 hours to Putuoshan without logistical hassle. After visiting all the highlights of Putuoshan, you will be escorted back to Shanghai. A private tour ensures you the comfort, convenience and flexibility.

Highlights of this tour

  • Tailor-made Putuoshan trip from Shanghai with a helpful tour guide and comfortable vehicle;
  • Admire the grandiose "Three Great Temples" on the island and other ancient relics;
  • Enjoy the beautiful ancient trees, long and white beach, amazing sunrise and sunset, stunning sea scenery, etc.

Basic Trip Information

from $531
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Shanghai / Putuoshan / Shanghai
Travel Length:
2 Days & 1 Night
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Shanghai - Putuoshan ( L )

You will be picked up by your guide and driver in your hotel lobby, then set off on the trip to Putuoshan which is about 3.5 hours' driving away from Shanghai downtown. After arrival at Zhu Sha Jian of Zhoushan City, embark a ferry to Putuoshan, which will take about 15 minutes to get to Putuoshan Dock. Disembark the ferry to check in your hotel.

Start your visit with a short walk from the dock to Puji Temple. Built in 916, this magnificent temple is the oldest as well as the largest temple on Putuoshan Mountain. Every big Buddhist event or ceremony is usually held in the temple. In front of the temple is a beautiful pond for lotus. The Duobao Pagoda near the Puji Temple, built to store Buddhist sculptures, is one of the "Three Great Precious of Putuoshan", and still remains the original face as in Yuan Dynasty(1271~1368).

Then take a sightseeing bus to One Thousand-Step Beach on the eastern side of Putuoshan Island. Walk leisurely on this over 2000-meter long white beach, let the waves kiss your toes and enjoy the clean sky and sea sceneries. Next, transfer by sightseeing bus to next attraction - Unwilling-to-leave Temple. In the year 858, the Japanese Buddhist Hui'e received a precious statue of Avalokitesvara. While on his way back to Japan, he was detained by a storm, which was seen by Hui'e as a sign that the Avalokitesvara was unwilling to leave. Then Hui'e decided to leave the statue on Putuoshan, and built a temple to place the statue which was named Unwilling-to-leave Temple. Near the temple locates the famous Purple Bamboo Forest which is believed to the original ashram of Avalokitesvara (the Goddess of Mercy). Walk several minutes down the bamboo forest, you will reach the landmark site of Putuoshan - the Goddess of Mercy Statue which is 33 meters (108 feet) tall and made of copper.

Lastly, get back to your hotel. The rest time of today is free for you to have dinner and walk around.

Puji Temple The Mercy of Goddness Putuoshan Sunset
Day 2 Putuoshan - Shanghai ( B,L )

After breakfast, take a park bus to Fayu Temple, 2.8km from Puji Temple. The Nine-dragon Caisson on the ceiling of the Nine Dragons Hall, together with some glazed tiles used on the temple, was relocated from the imperial palaces of Ming Empire in Nanjing in Qing Dynasty(1636~1912). There is also a Nine-dragon Screen which is aged, giant and tall but can see any crevice though it was jointed by flagstones. Apart from the grandiose halls, the temple is also full of huge, rare and old trees scattering in the yards or along the yellow-walled paths, which make it easy for people to find the peace in mind.

After visiting Fayu Temple, you will go to take the fast cable car which takes only several minutes to the Huiji Temple on the top area of Putuoshan. The temple is covered by colorful glazed tiles. Its halls and yards were constructed in traditional Garden-Architecture Style in Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Not so far away from the temple is the Sky Lamp Stage where you can get clear panoramic views of Putuoshan, white beaches and blue seas in the far distance. After that, descend the mountain by walking (about 2088 stone steps) about 30mins.

Take park bus to the dock to catch a ferry to Zhu Jia Jian. The rest time is free for you to drive back to Shanghai. Tour ends.

Fayu Temple Buddha Summit Mountain

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