Wutaishan (Mt. Wutai) is located in Shanxi Province of China. It’s one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism, together with Mt. Emei in Sichuan Province, Mt. Jiuhua in Anhui Province and Mt. Putuo in Zhejiang Province. In 2009, Wutaishan is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site.
Wutaishan means “five terraces,” and the highest is the North Terrace with an elevation of 3058 meters. It’s very cold on the North Terrace even in summer. Looking down from the mountain there is a wonderland-like scenery with cloud floating across the forests. It was a very impressive experience that made me reluctant to go back.
Besides the fantastic scenery on Wutaishan, another impressive experience was the tour to the Hanging Temple. The Hanging Temple is on the Mt. Hengshan, and was built precariously into the side of a cliff and facing a deep valley. The Hanging Temple has a long history of over 1000 years. There are totally 40 halls of the temple, and we saw a lot of sculptures made of copper, iron, terracotta and stone. It was really amazing to be in the spot of a temple built on the side of a cliff, and the whole tour was exciting and unexceptionable.