Putuoshan is one of the 1,300 islands of Zhoushan Archipelago near Ningbo and covering an area of 11.68 square kilometers. It is one of the four famous Buddhist Mountains in China (others are Wutaishan, E'meishan and Jiuhuashan; each of the four Buddhist Mountains is said to be dominated by a major Buddha and Putuoshan is regarded as the sacred mountain of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy; roughly one third of the island's population are monks and nuns). Integrating the temple, sea, sand, and stone, it is also known as the "Buddhist world at South China Sea" famous both at home and abroad.
One Hundred Step Sand
Lots of tourists gather together to the beach of the One Hundred Step Sand in summer. That added a beautiful landscape to Putuoshan. One Hundred Step Sand lies in the seashore of place of more than one hundred meters of the east of the pagoda, the length from north to south is more than 600 meters, and the things are more than 200 meters wide. Correspond to a thousand steps sand in the north of the hole of Chaoyang, thus come the name of one hundred step sand, also call the sand in front of the tower. Quality pureness, beach shape is graceful that one hundred steps rustle. The sea area is vast, the sea beach is broad and smooth, sea water is blue, and ocean and land get harmonious handing over in here, one that is for seawater bath excellent to go. At summer night, here is that a sea wind is breezy even more, the cool air attacks people, and visitors come to unoccupied step here to enjoy the coal more too. The bathing beach of one-hundred step sand was established in the 23rd year of the Republic of China (1934).
Situated on top of Foding Hill, the Huiji Temple (also aptly named Temple of Foding Hill) was built in the 58th year (1793 AD) of Emperor Qianlong's reign during the Qing Dynasty. Around 1907, the temple was systemically expanded to include more rooms, making it one of the largest temples on Mt. Putuo. The temple features a grand convent, built by the nun, Huiyuan during the Ming Dynasty, but was then converted to a temple afterwards. The temple's surroundings are equally breathtaking, with lush trees, rare plants, etc. To the southeast is Baihua Peak, a truly scenic spot that will impress sightseers alike. Be sure to check out the four big characters "Buddhist Country of Sea and Heaven" inscribed on the southern cliff of the hill when you decide to visit.