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 lovely place to plonk down on the sand.

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1. Chaoyang Cave

0.36 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…

2. Fayu Temple

0.61 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…

3. One Hundred Step Beach

0.62 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…

4. Puji Temple

0.77 MILES

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…

5. Buddhism Museum

0.79 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. Duobao Pagoda

0.82 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…

7. Foding Mountain

0.85 MILES

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…

8. Huiji Temple

0.85 MILES

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…