Thousand Buddha Mountain (Qianfoshan) in Jinan
Attractions Overview: One of the three famous scenic spot in Jinan
Attraction Type: Mountain
Chinese Name: 千佛山
English Name: Thousand Buddha Mountain
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 Hours
Open Hours:06:30-19:30 from March 1 to October 31; 06:30-19:00 from November 1 to February 28
Admission Fee: 28 RMB / Person
Address in English:No. 18, Jingxi Road, Lixia District, Jinan
Address in Chinese: 济南市历下区经十一路18号
Why is Thousand Buddha Mountain So Special?
Thousand-Buddha Mountain (Qianfo Shan) is one of the key points of interest in the city of Jinan. Anyone traveling the Shandong area should not hesitate to put Thousand Buddha Mountain on their sight seeing list. Originally called Li Shan, the mountain became a holy site of the new faith from India, Buddhism, when a group of monks arrived there to chisel out thousands of Buddha figurines in the mountain side in the late sixth century. After Thousand Buddha Temple (Qianfo Si) had been erected at its foot, the mountain eventually took its name from the temple. An ancient legend has wise king Yu Shun tilling the soil at the foot of the mountain, and inspires the additional name “Shun Tilling Mountain.”
Where is Thousand Buddha Mountain?
How to Get to Thousand Buddha Mountain?
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If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Thousand Buddha Mountain with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
1. Take Bus 152, K152 or K64 to Qianfoshan Fengqingqu (Thousand-Buddha Mountain Scenic Area).
2. Take Bus 137, K137, 169, K169, or K170 to Qianfoshan Nanmen.
3. Take Bus K85 to Qianfoshan Xilu.
Main Attractions in Thousand Buddha Mountain
The Thousand-Buddha Temple was renamed as Xingguo Temple after reparation during Tang Dynasty. It is located at half way of the mountain, leaning against the cliff on the south and overlooking the Jinan City on the north. There are the Daxiong Baodian, Kwan-yin Hall, the Laughing Buddha Hall and Duihua Kiosk distributed in the temple. Four seal characters carved on the cliff southwest of the temple is a celebrated stone inscription in the city of Jinan. The Lishan Courtyard, to the east of the temple, where you can see Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism harmonize with each other in one courtyard. The Shun Temple, the Luban Temple, the Wenchang Pavilion and the Yilan Kiosk are to be found in it.
Xingguo Temple, Wenchang Temple, Shun Temple, Nine Spots Terrace, and the Stone Buddhist Head are other important features to be viewed. Pavilions, exquisite Chinese architecture with its distinctive curved roof-edges, and intricately carved stone walls all contribute to an impressive sight that will not quickly be forgotten.
As one of the four famous gtottoes in China, the Wanfo Cave was was constructed in the north side of the mountain. There are morn than 23,000 pieces of statues in designs of Buddha, Bodhisattva, Disciples and Guardian Kings, which fully indicate the superb workmanships of sculprure in the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Its history is so long that you can learn something about Chinese ancient architecture.
Useful Travel Tips
- It would be better for you to hire a tour guide for a better understanding of Buddhist cultural.
- If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package with us.
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