Cab. Train. Boat. That’s what it takes to get from Shanghai to Putuoshan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains on an island in the East China Sea.

 

Giant bronze statue of Guan Yin on #Putuoshan, a Buddhist island on The East #China Sea.

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Putuoshan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains on an island in the East China Sea, is a place of enlightenment for the Bodhisattva Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The island has an amazing seascape of oceans and beaches, which is a rarity in China. I discovered a door with an incredible view of the water but it’s hard to take in the view when there is no such thing as personal space in China. Your space is my space and everyone else’s space.

One of the major sights on the island is the 108 feet bronze statue of Guan Yin, which is protected by four stone statues each guarding north, south, east and west. The entire island can be seen in a day. Just make sure to see it all before the sun sets. Afterward, the island is pitch dark and eerily quiet. I had to find my way back to my hotel using the light from my phone.

Restaurants and small shops close very early and the food selection isn’t that great. If you’re having dinner on the island, I suggest bringing an after dinner snack in case you get hungry later on.

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.