Buddhist Temple in Putuoshan

Puji Temple

Fronted by large ponds and overlooked by towering camphor trees and luohan pines, this restored Chan (Zen) temple stands by the main square and dates from at least the 17th century. Beyond chubby Milefo sitting...

Buddhist Temple in Putuoshan

Fayu Temple

Colossal camphor trees and a huge gingko tree tower over this yellow-roof-tiled Chan (Zen) temple, where a vast glittering statue of Guanyin sits resplendently in the main hall, flanked by 18 luóhàn effigies....

Statue in Putuoshan

South Sea Guanyin

The first thing you see as you approach Putuoshan by boat is this 33m-high glittering statue of Guanyin, overlooking the waves at the southernmost tip of the island. It's the symbol of the island. To get closer...

Mountain in Putuoshan

Foding Mountain

A steep but beautifully shaded half-hour to 45-minute climb can be made up Foding Mountain – Buddha’s Summit Peak – the highest point on the island. This is also where you will find Huiji Temple. Watch devout...

Cave in Putuoshan

Chaoyang Cave

At the jutting point that marks the boundary between One Hundred Step Beach and One Thousand Step Beach, 'Sun-facing' Cave is a small, rarely visited grotto with altars inside to Guanyin. The sound of the roaring...

Island in Putuoshan


The very small island of Luòjiāshān, southeast of Putuoshan, has its own temples and pagodas and makes for a fun expedition. The ferry (return trip including admission to Luòjiāshān ¥70, 25 minutes) departs at...

Cave in Putuoshan

Guanyin Cave

Crouch with an arched back into this magnificent, smoky and mysterious old grotto with a low, head-scraping ceiling to witness its assembly of Guanyins carved from the rock face along with small effigies of the...

Beach in Putuoshan

One Thousand Step Beach

Putuoshan’s largest beach stretches all along the northeast coast of the island – a long unspoilt stretch of blonde sand. Swimming is only permitted between May and August until 6pm, but any time of year it’s a...

Museum in Putuoshan

Buddhism Museum

This small museum contains some of the Ming and Qing dynasty relics from Putuoshan's temples, including effigies in bronze and jade and ritual implements, with some English signage. The entrance is not well...

Cave in Putuoshan

Shancai Cave

This cave is named after a boy attendant to Guanyin, often seen in Chinese Buddhist temples. He's also known as the 'child god of wealth' and you'll see visitors pulling out money for him to bless. There's a path...

Buddhist Temple in Putuoshan

Huiji Temple

Less grand than the temples at sea level, hilltop Huiji draws pilgrims who make the climb up Foding Mountain. The temple has a small vegetarian canteen for post-hike sustenance.

Pagoda in Putuoshan

Duobao Pagoda

Putuoshan's oldest structure is this five-storey, 18m-high stone pagoda, with alcoves carved from the rock sheltering Buddhist statues. Built in 1335, its name literally means the 'Many Treasures Pagoda'.

Cave in Putuoshan

Fanyin Cave

On the far eastern tip of the island, this cave contains a temple dedicated to Guanyin perched between two cliffs with a seagull’s view of the crashing waves below.

Beach in Putuoshan

One Hundred Step Beach

The most popular of Putuoshan’s beaches has a pretty pagoda perched on terraced rock that always has a crowd. Swimming is allowed between May and August until 6pm.