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Mount Wutai

International Recognition

  • Mount Wutai was listed as a member in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2009.
Location:Mount Wutai is located in southeast Shanxi, about 230km from Taiyuan City
Opening time:8:00--19:30, daily;
Best time for visit: summer
Recommended time for a visit:4 hours
Open:8:00--19:30, daily

How to Get There

1)By private car for 3.5 hours from datong city.


It takes its name from its unusual topography, consisting of five rounded peaks (North, South, East, West, Central), of which the North peak, called Beitai Ding or Yedou Feng, is the highest, and indeed the highest point in northern China.
Mount Wutai is home to some of the oldest existent wooden buildings in China that have survived since the era of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). This includes the main hall of Nanchan Monastery and the East Hall of Fuguang Monastery, built in 782 and 857, respectively. They were discovered in 1937 and 1938 by a team of architectural historians including the prominent early 20th century historian Liang Sicheng. The architectural designs of these buildings have since been studied by leading sinologists and experts in traditional Chinese architecture, such as Nancy Steinhardt. Steinhardt classified these buildings according to the hall types featured in the Yingzao Fashi Chinese building manual written in the 12th century.

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