Home>>>City Guide>>>>Attraction>>>>Hangzhou

Tiantai Mountain Scenic Area

With 1800 years of county history, Tiantai County was actually named after Tiantai Mountain in the region. Tiantai Mountain is a historical mountain famous for its eastern culture. It is well-known for its beautiful hills and waters and as the "origin of Buddhism and Taoism." As a wonderland with beautiful scenery, it is now China's National Key Scenic Resort and Zhejiang Provincial Key Tourist Resort.   

With a total area of 187 square kilometers, the Tiantai Mountain Scenic Resort is rich in tourist resources, and known as the mystical mountain at the original place of Buddhism. The eminent monk in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), the Wisdom Master, founded the Tiantai School of Buddhism on this mountain, which was considered by the Japanese Buddhism as the original place of Japanese Buddhism's Tiantai School and Lotus School.

With a total area of 187.1 square kilometers, the Tiantai Mountain Scenic Resort can be divided into 13 scenic districts namely Guoqing, Chicheng, Shiliang, etc. Tiantai Mountain boasts its unique nature scenery, and splendid ancient historical relics, known as "mystical and beautiful hills and waters and the original place of Buddhism and Taoism."

Tiantai Mountain-Mystical and Beautiful Hills and Waters
Tiantai Mountain Scenic and Historical Resort concentrates the beauty of many mountains, featuring ancientness, elegance, uniqueness and serenity. The major scenic spots are Spring Dawn at Peach Source, Chicheng Dawn & Dusk Glow, Shiliang Falls, Double Brook Bouncing, Huading Returning Cloud, Qiongtai Moonlight, Luoxi Fishing Boat, Han Rock Sunset, etc.

Tiantai Mountain-Original Place of Buddhism and Taoism
The eminent monk in Sui Dynasty, "Wisdom," founded China's first Buddhist faction-Tiantai Faction on Tiantai Mountain. Afterwards, the doctrines of Tiantai Faction was gradually spread to Japan and Korea. At the most prosperous period, there were more than 1000 Buddhist activity places on Tiantai Mountain. At present, the existing ancient temples such as Guoqing Temple, Fangguang Temple and Gaoming Temple are listed as the National Key Buddhist Temples. Wannian (ten thousand year) Temple is listed as the famous Buddhist "ten temples on five mountains." Tiantai Mountain is also the original mountain of the South Faction of Taoism. Gexuan in East Han Dynasty first founded "Ge Zhengjun Tiantai Faction" of Taoism, and then in Northern Song Dynasty, Zhang Boduan founded the Ziyang Faction, and they were later worshiped as the founders of the South Faction of Taoism. Now, the Tongbai Mountain inside Tiantai Mountain Scenic Resort is the original place of the South Faction of China's Taoism, and the Yujing Cave on the Chicheng Mountain is the No. 6 of the "Ten Great Caves" of Taoism.

Tiantai Mountain-Home of Monk Jigong and the hermitage of Hanshanzi
Tiantai Mountain is the home of Monk Jigong, the "living Buddha." There is a Temple of Monk Jigong on Chicheng Mountain. Hanshanzi, the monk who wrote many Tang Dynasty poems used to live as a hermit on Tiantai Mountain for 60 to 70 years, leaving many poems and stone carvings.

Tiantai Mountain-the Introduction of Major Scenic Spots


 

Guoqing Temple
 It was founded in Sui Kaihuang 18th Year (598 A. D.), and the present building was renovated in Yongzheng Period of Qing Dynasty. With a total area of 23 thousand square meters, it is one of the key temples of the nation. Guoqing Temple is the original place of Chinese Buddhism's First Faction-Tiantai Faction, as well as of Korean and Japanese Buddhism's Tiantai Faction. Outside the gate of the temple, there are such historical relics as Sui Pagoda, Seven Buddha Pagoda and Memorial Pagoda of Monk Master Yixing. Within the temple, there are the Grand Hall of Sakyamuni, the Hall of Five Hundred Arhats (disciples of Buddha), Temple of Monk Jigong, the Fish Paradise, and a plum tree planted by Guanding, the forefather of Guoqing Temple.

Chicheng Mountain
 The colors of the rocks are reddish brown, which look like castles, very unique among the surrounding green mountains, and known as the symbol and the south gate of Tiantai Mountain. At dawn and dusk, white clouds gathered at tree tips, and the red glow reflects on the pagoda, therefore, it is named "Chicheng Dawn & Dusk Glow," one of the eight great scenic spots of Tiantai Mountain. There are 18 different shaped caves, the Temple of Monk Jigong, Eastern Zhejiang No. 1 Monastery "Ziyun Cave," Taoism No. 6 Cave "Yujing Cave," etc., being a holy place for both Buddhism and Taoism.

Huading Forest Park
 With an elevation of 800-1000 meters above sea level, the park boasts thriving plantations, fresh air, and the highest annual temperature of 28. There are large patches of primeval subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests and azaleas. It is an ideal place for recuperation, tourism and spending summer. There are reading room of Li Bai, a famous Tang Dynasty poet, ink pond and reading places such as "Huangjing Cave," "Viewing Sun Balcony," and "Returning Cloud Cave," etc. of Wang Xizhi, China's No. 1 calligrapher in Jin Dynasty.

Shiliang Scenic Resort Area
 It boasts clear hills, elegant waters and thriving ancient trees, and especially the internationally well-known rarity, "Shiliang Falls." A natural stone bridge mounts over the valley between two mountains, and under it a fall runs down for the steep cliff more than 40 meters high, with breathtaking and perilous view, being the essence of the natural landscape of Tiantai Mountain. Inside the area, there are also beautiful scenic spots such as Leaking Copper Pot, Water Drop Curtain, Dragon Brook, etc.

Hanshan Lake
 With beautiful landscape, the lake covers an area of 650 thousand square meters, embodying 37 gulfs, 9 small islands, and 30 thousand mu of hills with forests surrounding the lake. High mountain and even surface of the lake, green trees on top of many hills, and thousands of hectares of shinning wave. With excellent transportation condition and broad area for tourism development, it is the best place for a tourist resort village to be built.

Han & Ming Rock Scenic Resort Area
 Strange stones and peculiar rocks, small but exquisite, look exactly like water and stone miniature scenery, including two landscape resorts, Han Rock and Ming Rock. Han Rock was the Tang Dynasty Monk, Hanshanzi's hermitage. At sunset, the water of the pond in front of the rock reflects the sun, making the rock a splendid marvel, hence the name "Han Rock Sunset." Ming Rock is opposite to Han Rock, with steep cliff, high up to reach the sky.

With No. 104 National Highway, and No. 60 and 62 Provincial Highways running across, it will take only two hours to drive from Tiantai to Ningbo and Hangzhou, after the complete opening of traffic of these three routes. In addition, it takes a mere hour's ride to cover the distance from Tiantai to Luqiao Airport. The transportation is very convenient.

Tiantai Mountain is about 200 kilometers away from Shanghai. It can be reached through the Shanghai-Hangzhou and the Hangzhou-Ningbo expressways. The bus ride takes about two hours.

Admission Fee: CNY 10 for the entrance charge
(excluding CNY 60 for the Shiliang Scenic Spot, CNY 50 for Guochi Scenic Spot and CNY 25 for the Tonghu Scenic Spot)


                                                                                                Back