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· Sightseeing
· Beach and water
 Beach activities
Water activities
· Geology and biology tour
Survey of marine-built costal line
Tour of island vegetation and forest
Explore ancient architecture and temples
· Demystify Buddism
Dharma assemblies held three times every year with huge turnout
Learn the history and religion, observe the worships and hear the Buddhism stories
Art of Guanyin Depiction
Religious Customs Activities
· Food and restaurants
Vegetarian food
Island-fresh sea food
· Shopping
Religious souvenir
Dried sea food, specialty goods
 
 

Guanyin Pilgrimages

    Worshiping Guanyin is constant on Mount Putuo, but there are three very well-known dates that draw even larger crowds of worshipers. Using the lunar calendar, these three dates are February 19th, June 19th and September 19th.  According to common belief, the dates are Guanyin's birthday, the day that Guanyin achieves Tao (nirvana) and the day Guanyin leaves home (to study Buddhism) respectively. Every year on each of these three days, there is an impressive pilgrimage. Across the oceans
          
and traveling over land, two or three days ahead of the events, worshipers arrive from all over the world. They usually come in groups wearing yellow incense bags, carrying flowers and oil (for the lamps that are used during the worship ceremonies).
          
Some of these Buddhist pilgrims will kowtow every three steps from the ferry landing all the way to the peak of Mount Foding. This amazing journey will take about 10 hours. Once they have reached the peak, they will worship in the Huiji Temple overnight and be one of the first to burn the incense when the day of celebration begins. The eve of each celebration day is always busy and every temple at Mount Putuo is full of worshipers that will stay overnight. The worshipers pay respect to Buddha and petition for the best in the future.
          
    

Guanyin cultural festival

      This is an annual festival. One of the main events of the festival is the “lamp passing, meet Dharma.” The evening of the festival, people gather at Puji Temple. The resident monks will light up one thousand lotus shaped lamps using the fire obtained from the ever-lit lamp inside the main (Yuantong) hall. Suddenly, all the lights surrounding the temple will be turned on, this creates a gorgeous scene as the lights reflect on the water of the Haiyin pool in the front of the temple.
The worshipers will then hold lotus-shaped lamps (candle holders) which symbolize brightness and intelligence; they will then form a moving line. The lamps will be passed from one to another symbolizing that the Buddhist light will spread to the every corner on earth and that Dharma is like a torch that will brighten everyone's heart. The participants are very careful during the lamp passing to ensure that the flame remains lit. This symbolizes the careful nurturing of their brightened hearts. It is quite an impressive scene to see one tiny light soon become a thousand lights brightening up the night.
          
      At the conclusion  of the lamp passing ceremony, there is a display of fireworks to highlight the event.
      On the second day of the festival, the “Fang Zhang” (head monk of the Buddhist mountain) will walk to the peak of Foding Mountain to worship. Unlike the other temples on Mount Putuo, Huiji Temple located on the top of Foding Mountain worships Sakyamuni (Gautama Buddha), not Guanyin. Sakyamuni is regarded as the father of Buddhism.
          
      The path to Huiji temple consists of 1087 stone steps and for worshipers, these are the steps leading toward heaven. The worshipers follow the Fang Zhang and bow every nine steps toward the top of the mountain. Often times, the line of worshipers fills the entire length of the path from the top of the mountain to the bottom

The carnival -- "Spring of Mount Putuo" tourism festival

    This festival is held every March to exhibit the local culture and to promote tourism. As part of the festival, there are various cultural displays, folk dances, traditional music, a vegetarian cooking contest (Buddhism prohibits killing), photography contest, beach activities and some sports activities.
         

         

 

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