Mount Putuo is the abode of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains. Putuoshan is the most well-known lush island attached to Zhoushan Archipelago off the east coastline of Zhejiang.
Now Putuoshan (Mount Putuo Island) can be easily reached from Shanghai and Hangzhou by air, road and boats. If you take air or drive overland, you first get to Zhoushan Island and then connect a 20-minute ferry to Putuoshan; if going by boat, you may reach Putuoshan directly or via Shengjiamen Wharf at Zhoushan Island where change for regular boats for Putuoshan.
The very definition of classical beauty in China, West Lake is utterly mesmerizing, pagoda-topped hills rise over willow-lined waters as boats drift slowly through a vignette of leisurely charm. Walkways, perfectly positioned benches, parks and gardens around the banks of the lake offer a thousand and one vantage points for visitors to admire the faultless scenery.
Originally a lagoon adjoining the Qiantang River, the lake did not come into existence until the 8th century, when the governor of Hangzhou had the marshy expanse dredged.
Lingyin Temple is definitely one of the ten most well-known ancient Buddhist monasteries in China. In front of it are the Peak That Flew Here and the Cold Spring.
The current temple was rebuilt during the 19th century. The Hall of Mahavira (great hero) inside the temple is 33.6 meters in height. In the Hall, you can see he statue of Sakyamuni which is carved out of 24 pieces of camphor wood. In front of the Hall are two pagodas of rock which were built in 960 AD.
There are majestic peaks along with sky-reaching ancient trees surrounded the temple. This temple is really a tourist attraction that can give tourists appealing places of historic interest, cultural relics and also agreeable natural scenery with woods, flowers, springs, etc.
Xinye Village and Zhuge Village
Xinye is a historic Chinese village in Jiande, about 175 km southwest of Hangzhou. Formed in the Southern Song Dynasty, Xinye is well known for its well-preserved Ming and Qing era architecture and ancient residential buildings.
Zhuge Village is also a historic Chinese village located in Lanxi, about 12 km south of Xinye Village. The village residents are the descendants of the famed Shu Han chancellor Zhuge Liang of the 3rd century AD, hence the name of the village – Zhuge Village. The village is noted for its architectural composition arranged in an orderly fashion, according to the bagua principles of feng shui, earning it the moniker of Zhuge Bagua Village.
Located in the southwest suburbs of Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, the Orchid Pavilion is famed for both its history and stylish garden views. In the beginning, the Orchid Pavilion was the site where Gou Jian, King of the Yue State during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), planted his orchids.
The location later became famous for inspiring the works of Wang Xizhi, a renowned calligrapher of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, who is traditionally referred to as the Sage of Calligraphy. His 353 "Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion" turned the Orchid Pavilion into a Mecca of calligraphy. The work describes a get-together of 42 literati at the pavilion during the Spring and Brightness Festival. The goal of that meeting was to compose poems and enjoy wine.