11 Days Tour to Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism

Chengdu, Mount Emei, Mount Wutai, Mount Jiuhua, Mount Putuo, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Cultural-08

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

- It would be a life-time tour for the Buddhists to visit the four sacred mountains of Buddhism in China - Mount Emei, Mount Wutai, Mount Jiuhua, and Mount Putuo.

- The perfect combination of the religion, humanism and natural view.

- It is the private organization for the whole trip, which allows you the most comfortable experience from place to place.

- Professional and knowledgeable guide accompany you to visit in each mountain.

Best Travel Time: Suitable for whole year, best from March to November

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Day 1Arrival Chengdu
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Chengdu

Arriving in Chengdu, you will be greeted by the local guide at the airport or railway station. You take the private vehicle to the reserved hotel which is hand-picked by Topchinatravel. With the assistance of the guide, you will be free at leisure for the rest of the day after hotel check-in.

Tips for today:

  1. Have a good rest at hotel to overcome the jet leg if Chengdu is the 1st city you arrive in China.
  2. Change some money at the airport, hotel or a local bank with the assistance from your local guide or you can also withdraw CNY cash from ATM machine directly.
Day 2Chengdu - Leshan - Mount Emei
Drive to Leshan, Leshan Giant Buddha, Drive to Emei

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Emei area

In the morning after breakfast, have 1.5-hour driving to Mt. Leshan, where you will visit the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world. Just take a cruise (about 30 min) to have an overview of this mountain and the Leshan Giant Buddha. After that, continue to have a 1 hour driving to Mt. Emei. Then we will check in your hotel and enjoy your free time.

Details in the itinerary:

  1. We arrange a cruise to see Leshan Giant Buddha. While you can also choose to climb Mt. Leshan (1- 2 hours hiking) which is not recommended from us because it is tired and could not get an overview of the Buddha.
  2. Chengdu downtown - Mt. Leshan: 150 km, 1.5-hour driving
  3. Mt. Leshan - Mt. Emei area: 41km, 1-hour driving

Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha

Day 3Mount Emei - Chengdu
Mt. Emei, Drive to Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengdu

Today you will have sightseeing in Mt. Emei which is considered to be the ashram of Samantabhadra, one of the Four Bodhisattvas. You will visit Baoguo Temple which is the No.1 Buddhist temple among the countless temples in Mount Emei, and you will take a cable car up to the Golden Summit which is the highest point and holy place in Mount Emei. After some stroll on the mountain, get down the mountain then drive back to Chengdu (165 km). Have a rest in the hotel in Chengdu or feel free of the rest time.

You are recommended to have a night visit to Chunxi Raod and Jinli Old Street.

A suggested sightseeing route in Mt. Emei:

  1. Entering - Baoguo Temple - 2 Hours Scenic Shuttle Bus to Leidongping - Walk a while to take the cable car - Go up to Golden Summit by cable car - Sightseeing at Golden Summit - Back to the entrance in the same way
  2. Mt. Emei area - Chengdu downtown: 165km, 2-hour driving

Mt. Emei
Golden Submit of Mt. Emei

Day 4Chengdu - Taiyuan - Mount Wutai
Take a flight to Taiyuan, Drive to Mount Wutai, Bodhisattva Peak, Xiantong Temple, Shuxiang Temple

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Wutai area

Today, you will get up early for the morning flight to Taiyuan. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from Taiyuan airport and transfer to Mount Wutai (192km), the holy Buddhism mountain for worshipping Bodhisattva Wenshu (Manjusri) and the No.1 sacred place of Buddhism in China. Check in the hotel and have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Summit Bodhisattva - the most spiritual temple, Xiantong Temple - the most prestigious temple and Shuxiang Temple - worship for wisdom.

After the tour, drive back to the hotel and enjoy your free evening. You are recommended to pay a visit to Taihuai County at night.

Details in the itinerary:

  1. Chengdu downtown - Chengdu airport: 14km, 30 minutes
  2. Taiyuan airport - Mount Wutai: 192km, 2.5 hours driving

Mt. Wutai
Mount Wutai

Day 5Mount Wutai
Mount Wutai: Wanghai Peak, Guanyue Peak, Jinxiu Peak, Yedou Peak, Cuiyan Peak

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Wutai area

After breakfast, continue your second-day visit to Mount Wutai. You will take the Scenic Shuttle Bus to visit the five peaks - Wanghai Peak in the east (Wanghai Temple) where visitors standing on the top of the peak can appreciate the height of 2,795 meters, Guanyue Peak (Falei Temple) in the west, Jinxiu Peak (Puji Temple) in the south, Yedou Peak (Lingying Temple) in the north which is the highest point of Mount Wutai, as well being the highest in Northern China, at 3,058 meters, Cuiyan Peak (Yanjiao Temple) in the middle.

The worship to the five peaks is called Dachaotai which means Grand Worship. The Buddhist take it as a holy way to show their sincerity and bring their respect to the Buddha.

After the visit, you will take the shuttle bus down to the hill and back to your hotel for rest.

Mount Wutai
Mount Wutai

Day 6Mount Wutai - Taiyuan - Hefei - Mount Jiuhua
Drive to Taiyuan, Fly to Hefei, Drive to Mount Jiuhua

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Jiuhua area

Say goodbye to Mount Wutai and continue your trip to the next holy mountain. You will be transferred to Taiyuan airport for the flight to Hefei. Your driver will meet you at Hefei airport and help you transfer to the Mount Jiuhua area, including hotel check-in. Have a good rest for the following trip.

Details in the itinerary:

  1. Mount Wutai - Taiyuan Airport: 192km, 2.5 hours driving
  2. Hefei Airport - Mount Jiuhua: 230km, 3 hours driving

Mount Jiuhua
Mount Jiuhua

Day 7Mount Jiuhua
Jiuhua Street Scenic Area, Huacheng Temple, Diyuan Temple, Five Hundred Arhats Hall, Incarnation Hall, Longevity Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Jiuhua area

After breakfast, you will take the shuttle bus up to Jiuhua Street Scenic Area where is the gathering place of historic figures and cultural heritage. You would find the most important temples here, such as Huacheng Temple, Diyuan Temple and Five Hundred Arhats Hall. In addition to temples, there are schools, hotels, shops, farmhouses, visitors can stay here and make it a starting point to explore the mountain attractions.

After lunch, you will play an easy walk along the stone plank up to Incarnation Hall which is a Buddhist shrine for worshipping the Bodhisattva Dizang (Ksitigarbha). Then, you will take the cable car up to Longevity Palace. You will be surprised by the unique combination of rock and construction, architecture and mountains. After the tour, take the cable car down to the hill and back to your hotel for rest.

Jiuhua Mountain
Jiuhua Mountain

Day 8Mount Jiuhua
Minyuan Scenic Area, Tiantai Temple, Dayuan Culture Theme Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Jiuhua area

Today, you will have an exploration of the Minyuan Scenic Area and take the cable car up to Tiantai Peak where you will visit the Tiantai Temple where is the most essential place in Mount Jiuhua. You will not only experience the strong atmosphere of Buddhism but would be astonished by the magnificent natural view. Take cable car down at noon.

After lunch, you will continue the visit to Dayuan Culture Theme Park where you will acquaint the most comprehensive culture of Ksitigarbha, and you will also see its symbolic spot - the 99 meters bronze statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Back to your hotel after the trip.

Jiuhua Mountain
Mount Jiuhua

Day 9Mount Jiuhua - Hangzhou - Mount Putuo
Take the hi-speed rail to Hangzhou, Private transfer to Zhujiajian Pier, Take ferry boat to Putuoshan Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Putuo area

After breakfast, please check out and you will be transferred to the Chizhou railway station for the hi-speed rail to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up from the station and drive to Zhujiajian Pier for the ferry boat to Mount Putuoshan which is regarded to be the ashram of Avalokite?vara, one of the four bodhisattvas.

Your local guide will meet you at the pier when you arrive and help you check in the hotel. Enjoy your free leisure time to explore the small island.

The lunch would be served at a local restaurant en route.

Details in the itinerary:

  1. Chizhou - Hangzhou by the hi-speed rail: 2 hours and 40 minutes journey
  2. Hangzhou - Zhujiajian Pier by the private transfer: 240km, 3.5 hours

Mount Putuoshan
Mount Putuo

Day 10Mount Putuo
Huiji Temple, Fayu Temple, Puji Temple, Purple Bamboo Forest, Giant Avalokitesvara Buddha Statue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Mount Putuo area

Today, you will have a full day to visit Mount Putuo. Here, you can see a few temples, nunneries as well as monasteries. The beautiful landscapes along with the charm concerned with Buddhism make Putuo a sacred mountain.

In the morning, you will first visit Huiji Temple - the third largest temple. Then, pay an easy walk down the steps along Xiangyun Road to Fayu Temple which is the second largest temple in Putuo Mountain. And you could appreciate the finest Buddhist hall in the country - Jade Buddhist Hall.

After lunch, you will continue the afternoon visit to Puji Temple which is one of the most popular temples with the most burning incense on Putuo Mountain, as well as the largest and oldest temple. Continue the visit to Purple Bamboo Forest - the residence place of Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) & Giant Avalokitesvara Buddha Statue - a 33 meters golden statue standing.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel and have a free evening on your own arrangement.

Fayu Temple, Mt. Putuo
Fayu Temple, Putuo Mountain

Day 11Mount Putuo - Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, please check out and you will be transferred to the pier for the ferry boat to Zhujiajian Pier. Your driver will pick you up from the pier and then drive to Shanghai Pudong airport directly for your flight home.

Details in the itinerary:
Zhujiajian Pier - Shanghai Pudong International Airport: 320km, 4 hours

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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5.0

Allessandr0

5.0

I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@topchinatravel.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
jonaswe1989

5.0

This is a must to do when you are in Beijing. It's not crowded with tourists. The The food is good but the same of all tours in China. The guide was friendly but his English was very bad, sometimes you couldn't understand a thing what he said. The communication with the company was good.
valerithomas

5.0

We had so many marvelous experiences. The VIP hotel at the top of the Longhi Scenic Area was beyond anything I have seen before, and the 'ride' up to the top carried by 3 strong men in a 'rickshaw' defied description. At 84 I would not have reached the top without their help. The memories of this adventure will be with me always, and when the cold winter months arrive, I shall recall this pleasure all over again. Well done Janetl Well done TCT and well done China. Your beautiful country does you credit.
Deepani999

5.0

Very well organized Tour, value for money, really good three star hotels with very good rooms, including Bfasts, really good guides expect in Beijing. Joe from Xian very knowledgble honest gentleman, same in Tibet Lobson. Very good Cruise.Manager with Personnel touch Alan, Very kind and helpful drivers with very good vehicles, Thanks REBECCA FROM TCT.for organizing this perfect busy still very fun holiday forus.
snoopy10463

5.0

We booked our trip with Top China Travel a private tour and was amazing experience. We were 4 people , just ladies. It was very well organized, our Spanish guides in the different cities very good especially Leon in Xian, the best. They were very knowledgeable and took care of us. Every time we went to another city, they didn't leave us until the check-in at the different airports. Our agent Raylene did an excellent job, organizing our trip, she was on top of everything. Thanks Raylene for our unforgettable vacation.
Willy-Yosef

5.0

We are 2 older couples from Israel and returned 10 days ago from China. I think it was one of my most impressionable foreign travels, if not the best. China is amazing and the tour was impeccably organized and executed by TCT. They did a great planning job, provided good advice in finalizing the itinerary, the whole tour was extraordinarily punctual , hotels were great, the guides knowledgeable and very friendly, even the Chinese lunches included in the tour that we intended to pass on, turned out, most of them , as interesting and definitely worth tasting. China is probably one of the few places one can afford a private tour without being a millionaire, and I can warmly recommend TCT as your tour organizer. Regev and Grunfeld families, Israel
Kmayer14

5.0

Our private tour guide, Jason, picked us up at our hotel and took us to the pier outside of Guilin where we boarded our boat for a cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. The experience was amazing!! The views were stunning, breathtaking... whichever word you want to use, but I can see why many claim this is the most beautiful region of China. And Jason was so warm, welcoming and accommodating. We learned so much about him, where he's from and the culture in southwest China. It was a great day and an experience I would highly recommend if you're visiting this part of China. We're so thankful Lily at Top China Travel helped us plan this awesome day trip!!
NicosiaSylvia

5.0

We visited Beijing, Guilin, Xi'an and Shanghai. Our itinerary was followed as planned. All our guides well very professional, well educated and spoke english very well. Value for money. Hotels booked were great. I would definitely travel again with TCT. They have great service and very flexible.
nt281

5.0

Our guide picked us up on time despite all the traffic of National Holiday Week and explained to us early on that her English was not great (however still enough to communicate some history of the village and the region) but she was very friendly and helpful. We were told we would go to another village rather than Ping'an because of the crowds which we much preferred because it meant we could explore this one (however we did not see a long hair show).
Amar P

5.0

We used Top China Travel for a 6 day Beijing City Tour and Badaling Great Wall Tour and we must say we were very impressed! Our tour guide Tina was very fluent in English and did a very good job of explaining the significance behind the various historical sites and attractions. As a vegetarian family, they were able to arrange a vegetarian lunch on both days for us. The only issue we had was that they only provided us two hours on the Great Wall which we realized was not adequate enough, given the huge crowd that visits the Badaling section of the wall. Apart from that, we would definitely recommend Top China Travel to anyone visiting China!
hahnss

5.0

During the last week in April and the beginning of May 2017, my wife and I toured southwestern parts of China - Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai- in 8 days, starting from Hong Kong. The online booking process with Top China Travel ("TCT") went smoothly with a very knowledgeable and responsive (via e-mails) TCT sales representative, named Janet ("Dan Dan") Chan. It was a private tour with English-speaking guides in private vehicles and via air travels between cities (thus, a bit pricey). The guides all spoke excellent English and drivers were very helpful and courteous. The hotels and China domestic flights, arranged by TCT, were generally very good to excellent. The scenery in Guilin/Yanshuo and Zhangjiajie were breathtaking, although these popular tour destinations were very crowded, as expected. The foods were not as impressive as we expected, sometimes hampered by the language barrier in local Chinese restaurants. All in all, we enjoyed our trip very much, and can recommend TCT to our friends. Steve H.
AgencyVanGogh

5.0

We have spent two days in Guilin and surroundings with a special interest group of geographers, visited the rice fields/terraces and local vilages, had a nice river cruise. The Tour Operator TCT organized several trips for us in the past all over China and all the service received from them were impeccable thanks to the meticulous work of Janet, our partner. A highly recommended and reliable partner in China for you!
Chris R

5.0

We are a young couple from Australia. We originally were going to book a trip through a local (Australia) travel agent but luckily stumbled across TCT as we save thousands of dollars and had an amazing holiday. We contacted Janet Chan and she replied with a detailed and clear itinerary. Although the company based is in China we often got same day responses if not the next day, and Janet was able to create an amazing holiday with a good price. We had nice guides like William in Beijing, Cherry in Xian, only issues were with Aries in Shanghai. He was not as good, his English was great, but he didn't seem very interested and would often walk miles ahead which meant we would lose him in very crowded areas. This was the only dampener on an otherwise excellent holiday.
Charles C

5.0

The tour of China arranged through top China travel was the best adventures ever throughout the country. Our guides were first rate and unparalleled professionalism was shown in every area of China we visited: Guilin, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Hong Kong. We enjoyed every moment of our privately guided tours. Our visit to China was wonderful and we cannot say enough to endorse top China travel as a first-class travel agency. We have returned to our home in Corpus Christi, Texas with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Niels d

5.0

My girlfriend and I just returned from our first holiday to China, and we are very satisfied with the service Top China Travel provided.
Our trip included visiting Hong Kong (own arrangement), Guilin, Fenghuang and Zhangjiajie and was very spectacular!
Our organizer Janet Chan was very helpful in the months preceding our trip and was able to tailor our itinerary to our needs and budget.
TCT provided knowledgable, English speaking guides with attention to our specific wishes.
Drivers were always nice, polite and experienced, although they did not speak English (which was not necessary, as the guide was always with us to translate).
We also enjoyed good help in traveling between places in China by means of public ground transport (buses and trains), which is very well organized in China and is recommended above flying both in terms of comfort and price plus you see more of the country.
We were able to get the best out of our stay in China thanks to the service of Top China Travel and would heartily recommend this agency to everyone who is planning a holiday to China!
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