Wutai Mountain is one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism and is the only one mountain in China mentioned by Buddhist scriptures, and appeared in many Buddhist books as well.Apart from the aspect of religion,the splendour of the mountains,exotic rocks,clear waters and green forests make it become one of the popular travel destinations.
Mount Wutaialso known as Wutai Mountain or Qingliang, located in Shanxi, China, is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains. The mountain is home to many of China’s most importantmonasteries and temples, Mount Wutai’s cultural heritage consist of 53 sacred monasteries, and they were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009.
The Four Scared Buddhist Mountains are Mount Emei, Mount Wutai, Mount Jiuhua and Mount Putuo, Each of the four mountains are viewed as the abode or place of practice of one of the four great.
Wutai is the home of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjusri or Wensshu文殊in Chinese. Mount Wutai also has an enduring relationship with Tibetan Buddhism.
It takes its name from its unusual topography, consisting ofpeaks (North, South, East, West, Central), of which the North peakcalled Beitai Ding or Yedou Feng, is the highestand indeed the highest point in northern China.
Wutai was the first of the four mountains to be identified and is often referred to as “first among the four great mountains.” It was identified onof a passage in the A`vatamsaka Sutra (Ch: Huajing;华严经)which describes the abodes of many, In thisManjusri is said to reside on a “clear cold mountain” in the northeast. This served asfor the mountain’s identity and its alternate name “Clear Cool Mountain” (Ch: Qingliangshan;清凉山
Theis believed tomanifest himself on the mountain, taking the form of ordinary pilgrims, monks, or most often unusual five-colored clouds.
Mount Wutai is home to some of the oldestwooden buildings in China that have survivedthe era of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). They include the main hall ofMonastery and East Hall of Fuguang Monastery, built in 782 and 857. They were discovered in 1937 and 1938 by a team of architecturalthe prominent historian Liang Sicheng of the early 20th century. The architectural designs of these buildings have since been studied by leadingand experts in traditional Chinese architecture, such as Nancy Steinhardt. Steinhardt classified theseto the hall types featured in the Yingzao Fashi Chinese building manual written in the 12th century.
In 2008, there were complaints from local residents that in preparation for Mount Wutai’s bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they were forced from their homes and relocated away from their livelihoods.
Shanxi World Heritage Tour: Pingyao & Mount Wutai & Yungang Grottoes
Shanxi is a rare paradise for cultural fanatics where they can get acquainted with lots of Buddha temples, grottoes, pagodas and villas of ancient commercial tycoons, receiving hundreds and hundreds of overseas Buddhists and architectural buffs every year. Explore World Heritage sites including Pingyao Ancient City, Yungang Grottoes, Mount Wutai, with some historical yet popular sites to complete your wonderful Shanxi tour.
2 Days Mount Wutai Tour from Taiyuan
Mount Wutai, UNESCO heritage site and one of Four Buddhist Holy Mountains where you will experience Buddhist culture. Enjoy beautiful landscape at the altitude of over 3000 meters and experience serene yet solemn Buddhist culture and history by admiring the exquisite architecture and explore inside decoration. And vegetarian lunch is included.
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