Wutaishan Travel Guide

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Wutaishan Things to Do

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    by agaiax Written Aug 9, 2006

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    In addition to the temples and shrines, Wutai Shan has a beautiful and fascinating landscape and many hiking trails revealing serene mountain scenery. Most of the trails are leading to the near by or far away peaks and monasteries and are used mostly by locals.
    Hiking the mountains surrounding the valley is relaxing, kind of meditative and also a way to escape the crowded village centre.

    A local carrying food to the temple
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    by agaiax Written Aug 9, 2006

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    Taihuai is the central town in the Wutai Shan area. It is basically a larger village with more and more hotels erratically spreading through the valley. The main attractions are many Buddhist temples and monasteries located in the town itself and surrounding mountain peaks. In addition to the temples there is a beautiful and fascinating landscape and many hiking trails revealing serene mountain scenery.
    Wake up early and climb the little trail to Nanshan Si (Si – Buddhist temple) and enjoy the quiet morning hours watching the valley spreading bellow. Walk down, have a breakfast, stroll around the town and check the temples there. There are Tayuan Si - with it’s dominant white pagoda and always crowded, Dailuo Ding – on the east side of the river with it’s 1080 steps (108 is the number of beads on a Buddhist rosary, this is 10 x 108!!!) and many more. My favourite was Cifu Si, somehow secluded, off the way temple that was just being renovated. There were no tourists, just couple of monks, one even spoke English and gave us a little tour of the place.
    It is a nice, easy going and relaxing spot off season, but during the summer months there are crowds of Chinese tourists. A bit of the problem can be the communication – not many people speak English.

    Nanshan Si courtyard Temple under Dailuo Peak 1080 steps to Dailuo Ding Entrance portal to Cifu Si Tayuan Si - white pagoda
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Wutaishan Off The Beaten Path

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    by agaiax Written Aug 9, 2006

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    Coming back from the whole day of ‘templing’ we strayed away from the path leading from Cifu Si towards the village of Taihuai. On the forest foothills west of the village we came upon local cemetery – white pagodas of different sizes spread on the terraces in the forest. Just near by there was a group of locals burning a bonfire, sitting next to it, eating, talking… No western taboos about the death – dead and alive, ancient and contemporary coexisting and living one next to another.

    The burrial site The man at the fire Pagodas in the forest
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