Wutai Shan 五台山 Travel Guide
Wutai Shan Overview
Wutaishan is the most northern of the 4 sacred Buddhist mountains and the abode of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. The highest peak is 3,058m and it can be cold up there in the summer months. Wutaishan was the first of the four sacred mountains to be identified and is often referred to as “first among the four great mountains” by the Chinese making it a very popular place to visit for local tourists. In 2008 the shrine complex was hoping to gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Best Months to Visit Wutai Shan
Best Reason to Visit Wutai Shan
The mixture of temples and pilgrims along with the opportunity to hike into the mountains for a more nature orientated experience makes Wutaishan stand out as an “off the beaten track” destination.
Top Attractions in Wutai Shan
There are upwards of 30 temples across the whole area with 15 of them in the town of Taihuai which sits nestled between the five peaks. The oldest existing wooden buildings in China are here having survived since the Tang Dynasty (618–907). This includes the main hall of Nanshan Monastery and the East Hall of Fuguang Monastery, built in 782 and 857, respectively. Other temples worth a stop are Xiantong, Tayuan and Pusa Ding temples. Hiking beyond the temples into the mountains for some contemplative solitude.
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Our Top Wutai Shan Travel Tip
If you are interested in visiting one of China’s sacred mountains, especially in spring or autumn, this is a good one to consider.
Wutai Shan Hotels
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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.