Top things to do in Jiǔhuá Shān

Top Choice Vegetarian in Jiǔhuá Shān

Qíyuán Vegetarian

Come here to sample (and study: the picture menu is well translated) the exotic edible fungi, shoots and roots of the mountain. Dishes range from humble Chinese chestnuts flavoured with osmanthus (a flowering shrub;…
Buddhist Temple in Jiǔhuá Shān

Bǎisuì Gōng

A 30-minute hike up the ridge behind Zhīyuán Temple leads you to Bǎisuì Gōng, an active temple built into the cliff in 1630 to consecrate the Buddhist monk Wu Xia, whose shrunken, embalmed body is coated in gold and…
Buddhist Temple in Jiǔhuá Shān

Huàchéng Sì

Set back off the road, behind a pond, Huàchéng Sì was founded in the Tang dynasty (though the current building itself is not that old). It has ornately carved lions guarding the main steps (one male and one female),…
Pagoda in Jiǔhuá Shān

10,000 Buddha Pagoda

Atop the ridge overlooking Jiǔhuá village stands this arresting seven-storey pagoda fashioned entirely from bronze. Reach it by following the signs for Huíxiāng Pavilion (回香阁; Huíxiāng Gé) or admire it from afar, es…
Buddhist Temple in Jiǔhuá Shān

Zhīyuán Temple

Just past the village’s main entrance on your left, worshippers hold sticks of incense to their foreheads and face the four directions at this enticingly esoteric yellow temple. Pilgrims can join chanting sessions i…