Putuoshan (Mount Putuo) is an island in Zhejiang province that derives its name from a sacred Buddhist mountain at the center of the island. Mount Putuo is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. It lies on the Eastern Sea of China and is home to many famous and sacred temples.
Visitors to the island can visit the monasteries and temples on the island. There is a cable car ride available from the bottom of the mountain. At the top of the mountain, visitors can explore the temples and then climb down slowly, viewing the pagodas and temples along the way.
Things to See & Do
* Fayu, Huiji and Puji Monasteries
* Northern Village
* Fanyin Cave
* Cable Car ride from the bottom of the mountain
* Night market near Puji Temple
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Language – Mandarin
Land Area – 12.5 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 86
Travel Links – Many of the Zhoushan Islands are now linked by bridges. This means that Putuoshan can easily be reached by bus from Shanghai and Ningbo.
There are two flights daily from Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai to Putuo Airport which is only 3 kilometres from Shenjiamen.
Putuoshan can be reached by boat from the major cities of Ningbo and Shanghai. It will take approximately an hour by boat to reach the wharf at Ningbo, from where a bus transports passengers to Ningbo city centre. There are two boats linking Putuoshan and Shanghai. One departs in the evening and travels overnight, arriving in the early morning; the other leaves early in the day from a wharf outside of Shanghai city centre but takes less than two hours.
Important Visa Information
Australian and New Zealand passport holders staying on board or going ashore to visit any Chinese ports are required to obtain a single-entry Chinese visa (3 month validity) prior to travel. We recommend you include a copy of your itinerary with your application and confirm the expiration of the visa at the time of issue to ensure that it is valid for your stay in China. Visas cannot be issued upon the ship’s arrival. Please note that any passengers not in possession of a Chinese visa may be denied boarding or incur a fine.