Wutai Shan

The Wutai Shan, located northeast of Taiyuan and south of Datong in Shanxi Province, is one of the five sacred mountains of Buddhism. For the super charming view and rich culture of Buddhism, Mount Wutai was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2009.

Wutaishan is dedicated to Wenshu (Manjusri), the master of wisdom who is often represented by a lion. Men and women wishing to flee the dust of the world and lead a life of holiness were attracted by this pure and fresh mountain. Even if today it has lost some of its brilliance, we discover with astonishment the extraordinary religious Town of Taihuai, where Tibetan Buddhism is present alongside the orthodox forms of Mahayana.

The hike leading to the plateaus, although relatively short (barely 3 km) offers a panoramic view of the surrounding villages. For a little more privacy, do not hesitate to visit more remote temples like The Temple of the Source of the Dragon. Founded under the Song, this monastery is made up of several temples where silence and tranquility reign. At the end of a steep path, a hundred steps have to be climbed to get there. A little effort to make for a pure moment of Buddhist spirituality.

Useful information

Chinese Name: 五台山
Location: Taihuai County, 190 km south of Datong City, Shanxi Province
Opening hours: All-day
Ticket: 135 RMB/person (high season) or 118 RMB/person (low season)
Recommended visit duration: 1-2 days

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