Home China City Tours Shanghai Tours Shanghai Side Trip 2 Days Putuoshan Buddhist Culture Tour from Shanghai

Tour Overview

Putuoshan, or Mount Putuo, is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. Nestled in the East China Sea, close to Shanghai, this revered destination beckons millions of devotees on a pilgrimage to honor Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion.

Over two days, immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and tranquil ambiance. Explore ancient temples that echo with history, wander through the enchanting purple bamboo forest, relax on the shores of the one thousand-step beach, and marvel at the colossal statue of Guanyin. Each attraction offers a unique perspective, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking views of the sea and the island. Join us on this journey to embrace the spiritual and scenic allure of Putuoshan.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Embark on a spiritual journey at Putuoshan, dedicated to Guanyin, with ancient temples offering solace for devoted pilgrims.
2. Immerse in the island’s natural splendor, from the captivating purple bamboo forest to the serene one thousand-step beach and breathtaking sea views.
3. Witness the giant Guanyin statue and enjoy panoramic vistas from Huiji Temple’s Sky Lamp Stage, blending cultural significance with stunning landscapes.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Start your day with our guide and driver picking you up from your Shanghai hotel. We'll drive to Zhu Sha Jian and then embark on a ferry journey to reach the enchanting Putuoshan, where you'll check into your hotel.

    Take a moment to relax before we explore Puji Temple, one of the oldest and most significant Buddhist temples on the island. Dedicated to the bodhisattva Guanyin, who is believed to have appeared here in the 4th century, the temple boasts exquisite architecture and sculptures. Don't miss the 18-meter high bronze Guanyin statue.

    Puji Temple on Putuoshan
    Puji Temple on Putuoshan

    Next, hop on a sightseeing bus to reach One Thousand-Step Beach. It's a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying scenic views of the sea and the island. Indulge in local snacks and drinks available at the beachside stalls.

    One Thousand-Step Beach at Putuoshan
    One Thousand-Step Beach at Putuoshan

    Continue your bus journey to Unwilling-to-leave Temple, also known as Zhenyuan Temple, constructed in 1938 by a devoted businessman. Admire the large hall with a golden roof and a Guanyin statue holding a lotus flower.

    Proceed to the renowned Purple Bamboo Forest, covering 10 hectares with thousands of bamboo plants swaying in the wind, creating a mysterious atmosphere.

    Before returning to your hotel, make sure to visit the Goddess of Mercy Statue, a 33-meter-high bronze statue standing proudly on the southern tip of the island. This landmark, with three faces symbolizing wisdom, peace, and compassion, offers stunning views of the sea and sky. Capture memorable photos with the statue before returning to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.

    Accommodation: Putuoshan

    Statue of Standing Nanhai Guanyin on Putuoshan
    Statue of Standing Nanhai Guanyin on Putuoshan

  2. After a delicious breakfast, explore Fayu Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple founded in 1088 by Emperor Shenzong of Song. Rebuilt over the centuries, the temple houses numerous relics and statues of Guanyin and other bodhisattvas.

    Fayu Temple on Putuoshan
    Fayu Temple on Putuoshan

    Following that, either hike or take the park bus and cableway to reach Huiji Temple, located atop Mount Putuo. Revel in the panoramic view of Putuoshan from Sky Lamp Stage, where you can see the entire island and nearby ones like Zhoushan Island.

    Huiji Temple
    Huiji Temple

    Descend from Huiji Temple by hiking or taking the cableway, then ferry back to Zhu Jia Jian, concluding your journey. Drive back to Shanghai, where you can either explore more or head to the airport or train station for your departure.

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation, meals, and activities as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance;
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • China visa;
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights or trains to and off Shanghai.
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