Four Mountains of Buddhism

Mt. Wutaishan: Situated in Wutai County, north of Shanxi. It has five terrace-shaped peaks, so it is called five terrace mountains in Chinese. The highest peak (north terrace) is 3058m above sea level, which is the highest in the North China area. From Han Dynasty, it started to be the Taoist and Buddhist rite of Wenshu Buddha. Now 52 temples remain. The natural scenery of Wutaishan is graceful, row upon row of ridges and peaks, forests and basins scattering in good order. In addition, rivers and streams passing through the mountains make all travelers deeply long for them.

Mt. Putuosthan: Situated in the east of Zhoushan Islands of Zhejiang where it is a narrow long island of only 12.5 sq. km. On the densely wooded island, there is a resplendent and magnificent temple, facing the wide sea all around. It is also entitled” Buddhist Land between Sea and Sky". It is said that it is the site where Guanyin Buddha did missionary work. At the very beginning, Guanyin of South Sea expounded the texts of Buddhism and performed rites here. During the period of Five Dynasties, the Japanese Buddhist monks had "Will-Not-Leave” Temple built here.

Mt. Emei: Situated in Emeishan City of Sichuan, Two Mauntains, senior and junior mountains facing each other, like eyebrows, so it derives its name. The highest peak, Wanfoding (Top of Million Buddha's) is more than 3000m. Emei is praised to be the most beautiful mountain under heaven. There are more than 3000 kinds of plants, 2300 kinds of animals. The Emei monkey is most well known. Starting from East Han Dynasty, temples were built, which are said to be the rite sites of Puxian, a student of Sakyamuni. The Baoguo (Dedication to the Country) Temple, Wannian (Eternity) Temple is the two major temples. On the top of the Jinding (Golden Top), people can see Cloud Sea, sunrise and Buddha light, the three marvelous sights.

Mt. Jiuhuashan: Located in Qingyang County of southern Anhui, the Changjiang River is nearby to the north in the scenic area, there are 99 peaks, large and small, Tiantai (Heaven Terrace), Tianzhu (Heaven Pillar) and Shiwang (Tenth King) are particularly well known. The highest mountain Shiwang (Tenth King) is 1342m above sea level. Within the area of more than 100 km in circumference, the landscape is beautiful with luxuriantly green bamboo groves and forests and extraordinarily graceful mountains. At the opening of Tang Dynasty, it was Dizang Buddha's rite. Now 78 temples and 6800 statues of Buddha remain.