Mount Xuedou./雪窦山。[Photo by Tang Yan]唐严摄
By Xu Zhuowei
Located in Xikou Town, Fenghua District, Ningbo, Mount Xuedou is known as one of the five famous Buddhist mountains in China and also "the first mountain of Siming". Surrounded by numerous peaks, Mount Xuedou has spectacular waterfalls and splendid scenery.
The famous tourist attractions of Mount Xuedou include the Qianzhangyan Waterfall, the Xufuyan Waterfall, the Miaogaotai Platform, and the most representative one is Xuedou Temple. Located in the center of Mount Xuedou and having a history of more than 1,700 years, the Temple was founded in the Jin Dynasty, prospered in the Tang Dynasty, and flourished in the Song Dynasty.
There is a gigantic Maitreya Buddha statue in Xuedou Temple. The statue depicts the image of the Budai monk, with a cloth bag in his left hand and a Buddhist bracelet in the right. With a total height of 56.74 meters, the Buddha statue looks magnificent and extraordinary, fully representing the inclusiveness, joy, mercy, and ease philosophy of the Maitreya Buudhist culture.
Mount Xuedou has attracted countless intellectuals and tourists for its time-honored Buddhist culture and beautiful scenery. Now it has become a national tourist attraction and a must-come-to place for tourists.