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 7am, 8am, 9am and 1pm when conditions are good. You have to take a returning boat two hours later.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Zhejiang attractions

1. Fanyin Cave

3.03 MILES

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…

2. South Sea Guanyin

3.29 MILES

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…

3. 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…

4. One Hundred Step Beach

3.74 MILES

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…

5. Buddhism Museum

3.77 MILES

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,…

6. Chaoyang Cave

3.78 MILES

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…

7. Duobao Pagoda

3.78 MILES

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…

8. Fayu Temple

3.85 MILES

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…