Putuo Shan, the Buddhist sacred mountain of the east, is actually a mountainous island south of Shanghai and east of Ningbo. It is the home of the most popular Bodhisattva of China - Guan Yin (Kuan Yin). The Bodhisattva of compassion, she who hears the cries of the suffering, is the queen of Putuo Shan, in Sanskrit she is known as Avalokitesvara. Here she rules supreme from the 100 foot tall statue of Guan Yin of the South Sea to a diminutive figure of her a small cave grotto, all of Putuo Shan is devoted to her. Since Putuo Shan is an island separated from the rest of China it has not seen the industrial development that characterizes the rest of China. It is still a rugged, forested island with little development and broad sandy beaches. The park-like atmosphere and numerous Buddhist temples give the island a peacefulness that can't be found on the mainland of China. Most activity on the island centers around the 1000 year old Pu Ji Si (Temple of Universal Salvation) and the beautiful Hai Yin Pond that fronts the temple. From this central location most of the temples, scenic overlooks, and grottoes are an easy hike. The latest addition to Pu Tuo Shan's collection of temples is the new Nan Hai Guan Yin (South Sea Guan Yin) with its giant statue of Guan Yin, exquisite stone carvings, Buddhist art, and museum-like murals depicting the Guan Yin story. The islands many Chinese Buddhist temples, quite atmosphere and selection of seafood dishes make it and ideal place to recuperate from the strains of travel in China. One of the best places to see the Buddhist temples of China. Please view my collection of stock photos of China, Chinese temples, and Buddhist art below.

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Pavillion on Haiyin Pond in front of Puji Temple
The Heart-Shaped Rock.

Putuo Shan

The South Sea Guan Yin

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Worshipers making incense offering
Temple buildings at Puji Temple.
Monks relaxing
Bridge for the Nobles over Haiyin Pond
Worshipers lighting their incense
Monks taking a break from their studies
Touching the dragon for good luck - Purple Bamboo Grove Temple.
The Balancing Rock
Monks at prayer - Fayu Temple
Stone carving depicting the Tales of Buddha's Past Lives
Temple Guardian Lion
The wooden fish, used to signal events in the temple
Courtyard Incensor - Fa Yue Si
Trail side offerings
Nine-Dragon Spirit Wall at Fayu Temple.
Stone wall mural and statue of Nanhai Guan Yin
Detail fo Nine-Dragon Wall at Fayu Temple.
Typical street, Putuo Shan
Guardian of the temple gates - The Lion
Incenser, Nine-Dragon Wall in courtyard of Fayu Temple
Trailside Rocks with Inscriptions
Main hall at Puji Temple
Purple Bamboo Grove Temple
Nanhai Guan Yin with temple guards King of the West and King of the East