Puji Monastery, Lijiang

 Where is Puji Monastery

Puji Monastery is located about 5KM away from Lijiang Ancient Town. There are too many must sees, nice hotels and restaurants, the Naxi Orchestra with its very old members and little streets.

History of Puji Monastery

Puji Temple was built in the thirty-sixth year of Qing Emperor Qianlong (AD 1771), rebuilt in the 11th year of Jiaqing Period (AD 1806), and it was built agian in the 14th year of Daoguang Period (AD 1854). In twenty-six years of the Republic of China (AD 1937), the temple was rebuilt by the Grand Lama of the Puji Temple, and the hall was covered with copper tiles. Puji Temple is one of the five major temples in Lijiang. It has 12 courtyards including the main hall and brothel. There are 3 courtyards in existence, consisting of Shanmen, Hufa Hall, Great Hall, and the north and south wing rooms. There are characteristics of melting Han and Tibetan religion. The main hall is double saddlle roof, which is also known as the copper tile temple. It has a wide area of ​​22.85 meters and a depth of 5 and 20.3 meters. It is rectangular and has a roof covering of 46.4 square meters. It is the only surviving copper tile building in Yunnan. There are two Yunnan cherry blossoms in front of the main hall. It has a history of more than 200 years and is known as the “crown of Yunnan cherry blossoms”. There are also many pear trees outside the temple. Every spring and autumn, the scenery is beautiful and the tourists are woven. The five major temples in Lijiang refer to Yufeng Temple, Fuguo Temple, Puji Temple, Zhiyun Temple and Wenfeng Temple. These five monasteries have a common feature, and all of them are Lama Temple (Baijiao). Among them, Fuguo Temple now has only the main hall, the “Five Phoenix Building” of Yuquan Park.

What to See in Puji Monastery

Puji Temple is located in the famous mountain resort. It has beautiful scenery and magnificent temples. It is famous for its bronze temples. The two ancient cherry blossoms in the temple are known as the “crown of Yunnan cherry blossoms”. The main building is a second courtyard, with setting from south and facing to north, consisting of a Mountain Gate, a Guardian Hall, a Great Hall, and a Sub-hall. The annex building has rooms, abbots, etc. The first entrance to the courtyard was the Shanmen or Mountain Gate and the Guardian Hall with double saddlle roof.

In the second entrance to the courtyard, the east and west are the Sub-hall with double saddlle roof, and the south is the Great Hall. The Great Hall is a double saddlle roof-lifting building with winged corners and copper roof tiles. The golden light is shining and magnificent. The copper tile covers an area of ​​476 square meters. It is said to share 5,760 kilograms of good brass. It is the only existing copper tile temple in Yunnan Province. In front of the Great Hall, the high-hanging four words “Ling Yu Ci Yun”, written by the Linsen, the former President of the KMT. The base of the Great Hall is 4.2 meters high, and the base slab is embedded with 10 white marble reliefs. The carvings are fine and the patterns are beautiful. In the middle, there are twelve steps, and surrounding corridor is used as a white marble. It fully shows the luxury and solemnity of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The East Hall is a two-story building, and the hall can be connected to the East courtyard, composed of an elegant and quiet courtyard. The courtyard is planted with ancient trees such as Shilixiang, Rouge Plum and Shuangtaomei. The age of the trees is over 100 years. The leeward sun is suitable for the growth of various flowers and trees. The quadrangle is rarely carved and engraved, and there are no gorgeous decorations, but there are many flower bonsais, giving people a feeling of refreshing, comfortable, serene and quiet.

The Puji Mountain is covered with layers of thick forests and green bushes. Around the Puji Temple, the fruit trees, the spring pears are white, the peach blossoms are red, and the pink apple blossoms bloom, and the bees fly and dance, all of them are colorful. Autumn leaves are full of red leaves, peaches, plums, pears, apricots, apples, and walnuts are covered with branches. There is a clear spring pool in the south of the temple. It is wide and clear, and the clear spring can be seen from the depths of the Dashan stone rock. The summer is not overflowing and the winter is inexhaustible. It is the main source of drinking and irrigation in the temple.

Like many temples in Lijiang, Puji Temple is not only a place where people burn incense and worship Buddha, but also a good place for people to entertain and relax. It is also a place where local scholars study quietly. Since the Qing Dynasty, many Naxi students have studied hard at Puji Temple and have written many poems here.

In front of the Puji Temple, there are two stone tablets engraved with Mongolian and Chinese characters: one is the “National Government Book Monuments”, and the National Government has enshrined the Puji Temple, the Buddha, Hutuktu, and the book of the “Good Master”. The other is the “National Government Order”, and remembers the National Government’s order to seal the Buddha’s Order.

How to get to Puji Monastery

First, people need to get to Lijiang.

From Kunming

By Bus:

  Departure Time Ticket Price Duration
West Bus Station 09:30 – 21:00 CNY 184 / CNY 202 / CNY 217 8 hours

By Train: Kunming Train Schedule
Take fast trains from Kunming Railway Station. It takes around 7 to 10 hours. Then change bus no. 16 to get off at Qixing Street Station, or bus no. 18 to White Dragon Square Station. It costs around CNY 40 by taxi.

By Air: Kunming Flight Schedule
Take plane from Changshui Airport. It takes around 40mins. Upon arrival, visitors can take airport shuttle bus to reach Lantian Hotel in the downtown area. Bus fare is around CNY 20. It takes around 30 minutes. Then they can walk around 1 kilometer (1,100 yards) to reach there. Or they can take bus no. 27 and get off at Zhongyi Guangchang. If taking a taxi from Lijiang Airport, taxi fare should be around CNY 80 to 100.

From Dali

By Bus:
Take bus from Tourist Bus Station near the South Gate of Dali Ancient Town, Dali North Bus Station or Dali Express Bus Station to Lijiang Bus Station in the Lijiang Old Town.

By Train:
Take fast trains from Dali Railway Station. Train ticket prices are CNY 34 for a hard seat, CNY 69.5 for a hard sleeper and CNY 104. 5 for a soft sleeper. It takes around 1.5 to 2.5 hours. After arriving, use local public bus to reach the old town.

After arriving in Lijiang, the tourists will drive to Puji Village and then climb about 1 km along Puji Mountain. You can reach Puji Temple through the avenue.

Attractions Near Puji Monastery

Baisha Ancient Town

The Baisha Ancient Village is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang City. It got its name “Baisha” meaning “white sand” from the natural white sand in the area. It was the cradle-land of the Tusi Dynasty evolved from the Mu Clan. It was also the earliest settlement of the Naxi people. There are many ancient constructions built in the Ming Dynasty: the Dabaoji Palace, the Liuli Temple and the Wenchang Palace. The well-known Baisha Frescoes are situated in the Dabaoji Palace.

Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Course

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club is one of the icons of China golf. This Kunming golf course is set in the bottom of a valley that faces the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that is 5596 meters (18,360 ft.) high. You can enjoy mountain views from almost every place on this Kunming golf course. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club is situated at 3100 meters (10,800 ft.) above see level, the second highest in the world and the highest in Asia. 

Jade Water Village or Yushuizhai in Lijiang

Yushuizhai is under the foot of the Yulong Snow Mountain, facing the ancient city of Lijiang, which is o­nly 15 kilometers from the city. The sacred water out of the Yushui Village brings up a generation after generation, giving them courage, wisdom and happiness.

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool (also Heilongtan), or Jade Spring(Yuquan) Park is the main headwater of the Yushui River which goes through the Old Town. People believe that the gods of the Naxi people are living in the chestnut woods, beside the mouth of springs, behind the carved doors and below the bridges. The springs come from the god-protected mountains and gather in this place and finally form the dragon pool. Then water goes down a waterfall and becomes the Yuhe River, pouring life to the Old Town.

Dongba Valley

A trekking route leads to the amazing Dongba Valley. It is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 15 kilometers away from Lijiang Old Town. The Dongba Valley is home and livelihood of Naxi people. Traditional houses of Naxi and other peoples are open to visit.

Admission Fee:¥230

Opening Hours:6:00-18:00 (May 1st to Oct. 31st); 6:30-18:00 (Nov. 1st to Apr. 30)

Attraction Transportation:Because there is no public bus, tourists need to charter a taxi / car/ mini-van or carpool together from the downtown area. The distance is around 10 miles (15 kilometers). It takes around 40 minutes. The round-trip charter rate is around CNY 200.

Recommended Accommodation

1.Inter Continental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort(丽江和府洲际度假酒店)

Located in the southern of Lijiang Old Town, the InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort is the international five-star conference and resort which combines modern luxury, traditional Naxi architectural, and the local representative landscape. Hotel has 274 spacious rooms and suites, 4 restaurants and bars, Spa and Fitness center. It is a 10-minute walk from Sifangjie (Market Square), a 30-minute drive from Lijiang Airport.

2.Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town(丽江古城英迪格酒店)

Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town is located in Lijiang Ancient Town. It features a wellness center, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The luxurious rooms offer free wired internet. At Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town you will find a la carte restaurant and buffet restaurant. Breakfast can be served in the comforts of guests’ rooms. 

3.Lijiang Wangfu Hotel(丽江王府饭店)

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel is located in the South Gate Square in Old Town. Featuring colorful traditional Chinese architecture and décor, it offers rooms with flat-screen TVs and free internet. Guest can enjoy Naxi bonfire party every Friday. The hotel provides car rental and concierge services. A tour desk can help with travel and sightseeing arrangements.

4.Manty House(漫庭美宿酒店)

Situated in Lijiang, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Mu Family Mansion, Dayan and Wang Gu Lou. It features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and coffee/tea in a common area. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include dry cleaning, a 24-hour front desk and tour/ticket assistance.

5.Lijiang International Hotel(丽江国际大酒店)

Lijiang International Hotel is located in Lijiang, 400 m from Wangu Pavilion and 600 m from Square Street Dayan Ancient Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a coffee machine in the room. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers.