On 7th, June, 2012, we start our annual company outing from Beijing Railway Station on an overnight train for our this year’s destination - Mount Wutai.
As one of Chinese 4 well-known Buddhist mountains, Mountain Wutai has served as a Buddhist pilgrimage site for almost 2,000 years. Located at an altitude of about 9,000 feet, it is surrounded by five peaks up to 11,000 feet high. There are dozens of temples in the town itself and dozens more on the surrounding peaks. Mountain Wutai is home to 53 sacred monasteries, and they were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
The major sights at Wutaishan are rather spread out, forcing one to indulge in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds the five terraces. I have snapped some pictures of Mountain Wutai.
This is the entry ticket, RMB168 for each person.
The ticket is for the touring bus inside Mt. Wutai, RMB 50 for each
This is the hop on hop off bus station within Mount Wuwai Scenic Spot
This is the route map of the touring bus.
Looking down from Pusa Ding towards the immense 160 feet high Tayuan Si Pagoda which dominates the center of town.
Looking down from Pusa Ding towards the immense 160 feet high Tayuan Si Pagoda
The top of the Tayuan Si Pagoda,
Another temple is nestled on a top cirecled by trees
Walking in a maze of temples.
Blue sky, white clouds and the temple eaves
A huge incense burner in temple
For lunch, we enjoy vegetarian dishes with most of them looking like pork, duck, fish etc. and taste delicious.
We enjoy vegetarian dishes for lunch.
After the lunch, we climb Daluo Ding. It is said that it will take a long time to finish climbing the five peaks, so if you do not have the enough time, you can clmb Daluo Ding instead. And you can take a overlook of all the temples.
A bird’s eye view of those temples.
We Checked in Huahui Shazhuang (Flower Villa) at evening, a 4-star hotel at the foot of Mountain Wutai. the famous Buddhism tourist resort. It is 4km away from the Wutai Mountain and 30km away from the Wutai Railway Station.
The outlook of Huahui Shanzhuang Hotel
One corner of the lobby.
The standard room is equipped with air-conditions, color TV, Coffee/tea maker, telephone, Internet access, electronic lock and in-room safe.
A double room
The bath room is clean and equipped with bath and shower and hair dryer. After one-day climbing, you could take a bath comfortable
The washing room attached
Tips: The weather of Mountain Wutai is cool and changeful, so you’d better take warm clothes and a umbrella.