There are four famous and recognised sacred Buddhist mountains in China, which are Wutai, Emei, Jiuhua and Putuo. However, to the Englishman, Timothy Richard, there is another famous Buddhist mountain and it holds a higher status than the other four mountains. During the Qing Dynasty, Timothy Richard was a missionary in China for 45 years. In his memoirs, "Ten years of experiences in the late Qing Dynasty", this was written. "Mount Tiantai is a religious centre in the East that is on par with holy lands like Jerusalem and Mecca..."