The mountain covers an area of 105 square kilometers. Its development began in the Jin Dynasty (265-420). Guoqing Temple, built in 598, was the birthplace of the Tiantai Sect of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Buddhism and one of China's most famous and best preserved temples. Around the building complex are historical sites, including the Sui Pagoda, Monk Yixing Pagoda of the Tang Dynasty, cliff sculptures, and stone tablets of various dynasties and statues of Buddha. A poet-monk of the Tang Dynasty, named Hanshan, once lived here, and his works have been translated into several foreign languages.
Tiantai Mountain is a national key scenic and historical area with beautiful peaks and flourishing vegetation. The large area of primeval forest, with its tropical evergreen broadleaf trees, it is rare in the province. On the mountain are streams and waterfalls. The stone-beam waterfall there is a masterpiece of nature, pouring down thunderously from the stone beam, resembling the Milky Way.
Main historical sites at the temple include:
Tomb of Master Yixing: Master Yixing (683-727) of the Tang Dynasty was also an astronomer. He visited many masters around the country and studied in the Tiantai Mountain.
Zhizhe Pagoda Courtyard: Master Zhizhe, initiator of the Tiantai Sect, was buried under a pagoda on Jindi Ridge in Tiantai Mountain, and portraits of other Buddhist masters are put in the courtyard for sacrificial purposes.
The Shiliang Waterfall: The magnificent and tall Shiliang waterfall flows swiftly. There is a stone beam about seven meters long and 1/3 meter wide topping the waterfall, and the narrowest place is only 1/6 meter wide. One will feel frightened standing on the beam. Opposite the stone beam is a temple, and monks used to walk on the beam every day to the temple to offer sacrifices.
Guoqing Temple: The temple is 220 kilometers away from Hangzhou. A highway reaches the gate of the temple and there are highways between other scenic spots. The beautiful landscape long history and rich tourist resources of Tiantai Mountain make it a favorite tourist area in Zhejiang.
Admission Fee: CNY 10 for the entrance charge
(Excluding CNY 60 for the Shiliang Scenic Spot, CNY 50 for Guochi Scenic Spot and CNY 25 for the Tonghu Scenic Spot)