Every year, Unesco scours the globe for places that are uniquely important to humanity’s environmental or cultural heritage. The result is an ever-growing list of Unesco World Heritage sites, all of which are excellent places for an adventurous traveler to visit.
One of this year’s new World Heritage sites is Mount Wutai in China. The mountain is on the list because it is one of Chinese Buddhism’s Four Sacred Mountains. As such, it is the home of many of the most beautiful and important temples and monasteries.
According to Wikipedia, some of the monasteries are the oldest wooden structures still standing in China today, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, dating back as far as 782 AD. Important temples on Mount Wutai include Nanshan Temple, Shouning Temple, Bishan Temple and others.
Mount Wutai is said to be the home of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, known as either Manjusri or Wenshu. Occasionally, Manjusri is said to appear on the mountain, either as a normal human being or as a five-colored cloud.
To get to China, you will need an up-to-date passport and a Chinese visa. If you are just going as a tourist, you will need an “L” visa (for more information, see “The ABCs of Chinese Visas.”
To help you get prepared, here are the documents necessary to apply for an “L” visa:
- A Chinese visa application
- Your US passport
- One passport photo
If your plane leaves in the seven days, you should also include a copy of your travel itinerary to expedite your visa.
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