Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pu Tuo Shan, Hangzhou

Other than Hangzhou city visited, we then headed to a very religious island. Yeah, you read it right. A small island. It's an island that's basically is just temples but nothing. But well, even if you are not a believer of Buddhist, I don't see there's any harm making a visit here, simply because of the beautiful structure of these temples that could have age hundreds over years old.

Our itenary was to stay 2 nights here in Pu Tuo Shan itself as on the first day when we travel from Hangzhou would basically take almost more than half a day of the travel time. We first travel by bus then we have to take a ferry into the island. Reason why road or bridge are not build connecting the mainland and the island is because in buddhist teaching, we as a human should not always take things for granted, should not always enjoy the luxury moment but also to experience the tough journey.

As it's a small island and more monks and nuns than anyone else, hotels there are not expected to be great even if you are getting yourself a 5 star hotel and is super pricy. The hotel that we stayed in was so bad that many of us complained of the uncomfortable room that eventually the 2nd night we moved to Shao Xing (a city of where the famous rice wine were make). Shall post about it later.

So, when we first reach there, this what interest me .. xD

All these are local residents who are actually trying to attract the tourists to stay a night at their home, kind of like a home stay but beware, it's really NOT cheap and I can't really guarantee the quality.

So, here's some of the scenic view of the main monastery

Nan Hai (South Sea) Guan Yin

One of the Goddess of Guan Yin

Oh yeah, another point to note when you are here is that every entrance to each monastery, you need to pay for a fee. But if I'm not mistaken, is just about 5 to 10 Yuan per head.

Bu Ken Qu Guan Yin

There's a story behind this monastery. I might not be recalling it correctly but it's basically about long long long time ago, someone found Guan Yin statue at the sea just here. Then, for some reason, the locals here wanted to donate this statue to somewhere thru the sea transportation. But somehow, each time when they try to sail the ship, there'll be either sea storm or bad weather that disallow them to sail.

So, eventually they build this monastery/ temple and named it as Bu Ken Qu Guan Yin, where Bu Ken Qu in chinese basically mean "Unwilling to Go".

Just nearby to the monastery, there's this cave near the sea where there's people actually saw Goddess of Guan Yin herself.

Just love the view here, it's so peaceful.

Always love the traditionals carving either at the roof top or the tiang ... Just so detail and pro.

Here's one of the biggest monastery and can you spot our young and handsome local guide? :D

So so so bigggggg ~~~

One of the pagoda ..

 boh pi boh pi me all the good luck ohhhhh ....

Put your hands up guys !!! Hehehehe .. No la ... What they doing is actually like a wishing well kind of thing .. Instead of throwing your coins into a well, you throw into the top of the hole there. So, the believe is if you manage to throw your coins in, mean your wish will come true .. And guess what, I manage to get it in with one time .. Wooot .. No wonder my wish all are realising ... *claps*

Oh oh .. and manage to caught a squirrel in action :D

Shoooo fat and cute ...

Lotus Pond

Well, I guess that's all in PuTuoShan .. Actually there are more monastery that you can visit which are less crowds but as my time spent there is about a day only, so we only manage to visit the main one.

Oh if you are wondering why most of my photos are just the outside view, reason because normally the inside of the temple, we are not allowed to take photos as a respect to the god and goddess. But it's really nice in the inside with all the god statues. It's really a stunning view, trust me.

And to end the post, I hereby, wish all my readers a very good luck in whatever you wished for and whatever you are doing are in a smooth sailing conditions, good health and wealth. :)

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