Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pu Tuo Shan (China)

Last week my family travelled to Zhejiang and Anhui in China and visited 2 of the 4 Buddhist Mountains there, one of which is Pu Tuo Shan. Pu Tuo Shan is dedicated to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa) because in the past there was a Japanese monk who wanted to bring an image of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva from China back to Japan, but the boat couldn't leave the seas of China. So he decided perhaps it is meant for the image to remain in China, with that, the boat was suddenly able to sail again and it drifted to this Pu Tuo Island. The image of this Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is still present to this day and is known as the Bu Ken Qu Guan Yin (Guan Yin who refuses to go).

This was the Guan Yin image in Pu Ji Temple, different from the Bu Ken Qu Guan Yin.




At Buddhist mountains it is not as difficult to get vegetarian food compared to other places in China.

Most of the major temple attractions offer vegetarian meals for about 5 - 10 chinese yuan. But you must know the time they serve vegetarian meals, and have to be slightly early to queue up for the meal tickets. We had one of our temple lunches at Fa Yu temple and the lunch time ticket is sold at 1030am for 5 Chinese Yuan. It's not too early for lunch because the day is already bright at 5am, so you will end up eating your 3 meals earlier. You literally had to squeeze yourself into the dining hall as you are shoved into the dining hall by the crowd from the back.

This was lunch, nice! You can go for a second helping of rice. It is good to get try some authentic temple veg food, but I think you have to go free and easy as tour groups don't usually bring tourists to these areas.


If you missed the temple meal serving. You can always visit one of the few (expensive) vegetarian restaurants on the island. We spent about 230 Chinese Yuan for a dinner for 3 pax at the vegetarian restaurant beside Pu Ji Temple - Xi Lei Su Shi Guan (普陀山 息耒素食馆). This is considered more expensive dining in China.


Crispy vegetable rolls, with bean curd skin on the outside and veggies like celery, carrot on the inside. This was good!


Simple stir fry veggie


Hot and sour soup, this was nice, but quite oily. The people there like to do there food salty and oily.


Mock fish, this looks similar to the one I had at Guang Zhou last time, the mock meat does not leave you scared of it after eating. But it was disgusting to see them made it into a fish shape!

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Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) said...

Wow, the price difference is huge! It both looks good though. It seems like a wonderfull experience to visit (a) temples.

aherbivoreinpenang said...

I wonder why do they use so much oil in their cooking...I've heard others that have been to China with the same complaint.

dreamy said...

Vincent: Ok wil ltake a look.
Sara: Yes, there are differences in the temple cooking vs restaurant cooking making both worth a visit - if you don't mind the oil and salt :)
Aherbivoreinpenang: I think it has always been like that. When I went to other parts of China it's still the same. Perhaps they are more concern about the customers liking the food than health.

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