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Wutai Mountain

With a perimeter of 250km, Wutai Mountain is one of the four famous Buddhist shrines in China. It enjoys the same popularity as Emei Mountain in Sichuan Province, and Putuo Mountain in Zhejiang Province, and Jiuhua Mountain in Anhui Province. The five plateform-shaped peaks, the East, West, South, North, and Central platforms formed Wutai Mountain. The area inside the five peaks is called Inner Wutai and outside Outer Wutai. At the East Platfrom (Sea-Viewing Peak0, the tourist can observe sunrise; at the West Platform (Hanging Moon Peak), the tourist can enjoy  a bright full moon in mid-autumn whn the scenery is fascinating; at the South Platform (Brocade Peak), the tourist can mount the summit of the peak in summer and look around into the distance, where the scenery is enchanting; the elevation of the North Platform (Yedou Peak) is the highest - 3,058 meters, being the roof of North China, and is snow-and ice-capped all the year round, looking magnificent; at the Central Platform (Verdan Rock Peak), huge rocks covered by moss appear radiantly green under sunshine like seething dragons, hence the name "dragon-seething rocks." The area of Wutai Mountain features rising and falling ridges and peaks, crisscross gullies and ravines, river valleys, luxuriant forests and interlicking basins and mountians.

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More charming is the unique climate at Wutai Mountain. At the coldest spots ice dose not melt all the year round; at fairly cold places, it snows in September and thaws in April the following year; at fairly warmest places, rivers do not freeze and there is no frost the year round. At Wutai Mountain the difference in humidity is very great. As the climate here is cool even in mid-summer, Wutai Mountain is also known as Cool Mountain. The unique climate brings about unique scenery. Climbing up the summit of North Platform, the tourist sees peaks competing with one another for beauty among seething clouds. Sometimes, it rains heavily at the foot of the mountain, but the sun shines atop the summit; spring is very much in the air at the base, while the summit is covered with snow and ice. Climbing up the mountian on a fine day, the tourist will find a colorful semi-circular halo appearing by his side. The halo is about three meters high and about two meters wide, composed of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple belts. One's shadow and movements will be reflected in halo (a bright circle of lights, as around the sun or moon in misty weather). It is the reflection at Wutai Mountain, the meteorological feature also known as the "Emai Halo."

Wutai Mountain, the Buddhist shrine, is said to be the place where Manjusri Buddha was consecrated. During the period 58 to 75, Emperor Ming Di (58-75) sent an envoy to go on a pilgrimage to India for Buddhist scriptures. After returning to the homeland, the envoy built the White Horse Temple at Luoyang and, in the following year, built a temple at Wutai Mountain. Legend has it that the peak to the west of the town of Taihuai resembled Divine Vulture Mountain in India, the newly built temple was named the Tafu Temple of the Divine Vulture, which is today the Temple of Revelation. In the following years, more and more temples were constructed at Wutai Mountain during the Northern Wei, Northern Qi, Sui, and Tang dynasties until the end of the Qing Dynasty. According to historical records, there were more than 300 temples during the heyday of Wutai Mountain. However, due to social vicissitudes, the temples at Wutai Mountain experienced several rises and falls. Today, there are still 39 temples remainning in Inner Wutai and 8 temples in Outer Wutai, making a total of 47 temples. Among the temple at Wutai Mountain, Nanchan Temple, the Temple of Buddha's Halo, the Temple of Revelation, Dagoba Temple, Buddha Summit, Shuxiang Temple, Bishan Temple, Dragon Spring Temple, Nanshan Temple, Jinge Temple, Zhenhai Temple and Dailuo Summit are the most influntial ones. The above-mentioned temples are not only magnificent and exquisite in structure, but also preserve large quantities of valuable cultural relics and art works of Buddhism. The colored scultpture and mural of the Tang Dynasty, the white marble carvings of the Qing Dynasty, the Jade Buddha of Myanmar and Huayan Scripture Pagoda are all unique in China.

Cool and tranquil, Wutai Mountain is a famous summer resort. To know you must go!

Questions & Comments

  • Ripple on August 16, 2011, 4:07 pm

    Hello Phuc Truong, we have some tour packages that incorporate in this great mountain. One of our travel consultants will contact you asap. Thanks for the kind inquiry.

  • Phuc Truong on August 16, 2011, 2:05 pm

    I am in Shanghai and will go back to the US on August 22nd. Do you have any special deals for Friday thru Sunday to visit Wutain Mountain? I would like to do a Buddhist pilgrimage to pay my respect. Thank you, Phuc

  • E John Davies on March 28, 2011, 6:31 am

    This phenominal series of sites must be the source of my next historical venture. I have never seen such wonderful architecture in my life, as represented by photographs of the wonderful city in the mountain of Shan Information about organised holidays, to observe and detail of visa application would be gratefully received . Thankyou in anticipation. John D

  • ohn Davies on March 15, 2011, 4:32 am

    What a phenominal locaton with the most magnificent architectural constructions on site. The opportunity to visit this site is a must for this 76 year old. Any further information source would be most useful. A rare landscape of beautiful features. Thankyou. John D

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