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Emei Mountain 

Location: Sichuan Province        Emei Mountain map

Summary: If you are into Chinese martial arts, you should know and visit this place. =P

Description:Emei Shan (a.k.a. Emeishan, Mt. O-mei or Mt. Emei), in Szechuan province, is one of the four Buddhist sacred mountains of China. At 3,099m, Mt. Emei is more than 1,000m higher than the other three Buddhist sacred mountains.
Mt. Emei has been designated a World Heritage Site thanks to its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders,Emei Shan is 130 kilometres from Chengdu in Leshan County and should without doubt be combined with a visit to the Giant Buddha. Accommodation is provided at both the peak and base of Mt Emei. The four key scenic sites are Baoguo Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Wannian Temple, and Golden Summit.

Located in the southwest of Emei County, Sichuan Province, the Emei Mountain is one of the four Buddhist shrines. The mountain is known for its stiff cliffs, high rising peaks, roaring waterfalls, gurgling springs, towering ancient trees and fragrant flowers. It has been described as "a beauty spot under heaven" by Chinese poets since ancient times. The highest peak of the mountain is 3,099 meters above sea level. The total rugged road to its. summit is 75 kilometers long.

In the Eastern Han Dynasty(25-220), monks and priests came to the mountain to build temples. Construction lasted l,800 years. The Emei mountain is regarded as the "capital of fairyland and kingdom of monks".

Emei Shan literally means "Delicate Eyebrow Mountain" ----  it derives its name from two peaks which face each other and look like the delicate eyebrows of a Chinese classic beauty.

Emei Shan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring many temples, natural wonders and breathtaking scenery. The slopes incorporate several different climates and much wildlife, especially birds and trees. Some of the trees are more than 1,000 years old.

There are also monkeys, who are accustomed to tourists and assertive; they aren't dangerious but will beg for food and grab at bags as hikers walk along the trails. Many hikers carry walking sticks to shoo them away.

There are over 30 Buddhist temples on Emei Shan, 10 of which are large and very old. They are considered masterpieces of creative ingenuity in the way they adapt to the natural enviroment and beauty of the holy mountain.

 There are plenty of historical sites, and a lot of precious cultural relics on the mountain. Inside Baoguo. Temples a Large china statue of Buddha with a height of 2.4 meters made in the Ming Dynasty, looks alive bright and shining. A big bell, also made in the Ming Dynasty with a weight of 12.5 tons, has more than 60,000 characters on it. The sound produced by the bell is deep, and its echo spreads as far as 15 kilometers.

 

There are over 30 Buddhist temples on Emei Shan, 10 of which are large and very old. They are considered masterpieces of creative ingenuity in the way they adapt to the natural enviroment and beauty of the holy mountain.

At the mountain base is Baoguo Monastery, built in the 16th century. The monastery has serene gardens with rare plants, a library of sutras and a huge porcelain Buddha. In the stone staircase of the rear hall are figures of the Eight Immortals, betraying the temple's Taoist origins

Baoguo Temple
The Baoguo Temple at the foot of the Mt. Emei is the largest temple on the Mt. Emei and the starting point for taking a tour of the Mt. Emei. The temple was built during the years of Wanli period in the Ming Dynasty. The horizontal tablet of "Baoguo Temple" was written by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. It is the place where the Mt. Emei Buddhist Society is located. The Baoguo Temple is originally named Huizong Hall, which has the meaning of blending the three religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism into one. Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty granted the name of "Baoguo Temple", which adopts the meaning that dedicating to the service of the country comes first in "repaying four kindness" in the sutra. The whole temple is a typical courtyard house covering an area of more than 10 acres. Each courtyard has one view and the scenery changes as you go deeper and deeper, which is rather a spectacular scene. The main hall of the temple built along the mountain has four layers with one layer higher than another, which presents a grand and natural appearance.

Wannian Temple
Wanian Temple is one of the eight largest temples on the Mountain. It was first built in the in the East Jin Dynasty and was renamed as White Water Puxian Temple after a series of devastation and reconstruction. The temple contains five halls lay in a tier style including the Mountain Gate, Buddha Miatreya Hall, Brick Hall, Wei'e Treasure Hall, the Treasure Hall of Great Hero. The Brick Hall of the Wannian Temple is a wonder of ancient buildings. During the past four hundred years, it has gone through several earthquakes of magnitude 5 to 7.9 but it is still standing to this day. Hence, it is reputed as a miracle in the history of ancient architecture in China. A highlight of the temple is a bronze statue of Puxian riding an elephant, which was cast in Chengdu by a Buddhist monk named Maozhen under an imperial order during the Song Dynasty. The bronze statue has a symmetrical proportion with superior casting craftwork. It is 7.85 meters high and weighs 62 tons. What How such a huge objective was transported and placed on the mountain remains a mystery.   

Tips: Wannian Temple has cableway to mountain climbing and sightseeing areas like the Gold Summit. Many tourists take the Wannian Temple as the starting point for climbing the mountain while other tourists take it as the ending point for completing the tour of the mountain. The admission fee for this scenic point is 10 yuan. If tourists want to use cableway the cost is 40 yuan and 30 yuan for going down.

Qingyin Pavilion
Qingyin Pavilion was built by a Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk, whose Buddhism spiritualism exists today around the mountain. The pavilion presents a fine natural picture with pavilions, towers, corridors exquisitely combined with waters and hills.

Gold Summit
The number of the Buddhist temples dotting the mountain is quite inspiring but the views from the Golden Summit at an elevation of 3,077 meters above sea level steals the glory. The Gold Summit is an extravagance of natural wonders and Buddhism spiritualism, which comprise of four marvelous spectacles of Sunrise, Cloud Sea, Buddhist Light and sacred lamp. The scenery of a red glowing sun dancing over the sea of clouds in the east is fabulous. A few lucky visitors will encounter the Buddhist Light which only occurs 14 times a year. On these occasions, your shadow is cast before you in the mist and a colorfully glowing lights circle you as if you are attained enlightenment.

Golden Buddha
The four-side ten-direction golden statue of Puxian on the Golden Summit of the Mt. Emei is the highest golden Buddha in the world and also the first artistic design of ten-direction statue of Puxian. The golden Buddha is a Buddhist statue built by employing the craftwork of copper casting and gold-plating. It has a total height of 48 meters and a total weight of 660 tons. It is composed of the dado and ten-direction statue of Puxian. The golden Buddha's total height of 48 meters stands for 48 wishes of Amitable Buddha. "Ten-direction" firstly means ten practices and wishes of Puxian and secondly symbolizes the ten directions of east, south, west, north, southeast, southwest, northeast, northwest, up and down in Buddhism and means the boundless practices and wishes of Puxian can satisfy Buddha of ten directions and three lives and all living things. The ten head sculptures of Puxian are composed of three layers with varied expressions, which stand for ten mentalities of earthlings.

Elephant Watching Pool
The Elephant Watching Pool has a height of 2070 meters above sea level. It has misty white clouds and ancient tall tress around. When the bright moon shines high in the sky in autumn, all is quiet with boundless pure light. Looking up at the sky, you will feel like an immortal. The "Night Moon over the Elephant Pool" is the famous sight here. At night when the bright moon is high in the sky and moonlight is reflected in the pool, the water and the sky are in one color with serene and beautiful scenery.

A few hours' walk or a cable car ride leads to the Golden Summit (Jinding), at 3077m. There are two temples here (the friendly Woyun Nunnery and the large Huazang Si) and thousands of padlocks inscribed with couples' names to symbolize eternal love.

Huazang Si on Jinding was founded as early as the 1st century as the Puguang Hall, later becoming the Guangxiang Temple and receiving its present royal name in 1614. It was extensively rebuilt and refurnished in the 1970s, but every effort was made to preserve its original appearance.

Jinding is the best place to experience the Four Wonders of Mt. Emei: the Buddha's Halo (rainbow-like rings that surround and move with your shadow), the Sea of Clouds, the Holy Lamp (or Divine Lights) and the Golden Summit Sunrise.

From the Golden Summit you can ride a monorail along the ridge to Wanfoding (Ten Thousand Buddha Summit), the true summit of Emei Shan.

Getting There
Mt. Emei lies 150 km away from Chengdu, 130 km from the Shuangliu International Airport and only 28 km from Leshan city. Access to the mountain is via Emei Shan town, 7km from the base. Minibuses and public buses leave from Emei's main street depot to the trailhead at Baoguo.

It is five kilometers to the top of Emei Shan, much of it consisting of stone stairs. If you walk it all, plan for a full day up and a full day down (around 10 hours on foot). Monasteries along the way offer reasonably-priced lodging, and there are several comfortable lodges on the summit. Dress in layers - a 20° variance between base and summit is normal.

Minibuses and cable cars can take tourists most of the way up the mountain. Most opt for tours from Chengdu, about three hours to the mountain base, then another two hours to Jieyin Dien, where you already feel the air at 2,540 meters.

A Swiss-style cable car soars over pines to Jinding, and a final hike of about an hour, huffing and puffing in the high altitude, to the peak. Some spend the night to see the sunrise, others quickly turn around and head back

Unique geographical and climatical conditions endow Mt.Emei with countless plants.In the Mt.Emei range are undulating hills and mountains,runing brooks and waterfalls,singing birds and blooming flowers, everygreen trees, it looks like a chinese painting, In the silver world, those greenin snow show a life-force of plants. This point is different with the snow scenery of northern China. Visitors throw snow ball with each other, and make the snow children and take pictures. Let you enjoy yourself in the nature and get some idea how splendid is the celestial mountain.
Besides, you have more chance to have a sightseeing in the wintet, such as the Sun Rise, Sea at Clouds, Buddhist Aurole, Divine Light, the snow-clad Mt.Gongga and Mt.Wawu.
The snow scenery of Mt.Emei is a most attractive sliver pearl in the southern China. The beautiful scenery shall make you enjoy yourself so much as to forger to go home.

In this mountain, the natural scene and its long history melt together and assist each other. It has become the object of people to sing for. As the natural heritage, Ermeishan Mountain owns the typical vegetation form, which can assist the studies on world biota. In addition, its special geologic feature is the proof of biogenic derivation. As the cultural heritage, Ermeishan Mountain possesses the relics of Buddhism culture. Leshan Buddha is the most important one even in the world, which was built in the 8th century, 71-meter high. It took 90 years to finish this project. In 1996, it was ranked in “the world Cultural & Natural Heritage” by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).


A Line:
One day: Baoguo temple (or Emei shan city) -Golden Summit (have a lunch) - Wannian

Temple - Go back.
Two days: Baoguo temple (or Emei shan city) -Golden Summit (live here at night) - Wannian Temple - Qinyin Pavilion - Go back.
B Line:
Three days: Baoguo Temple (or Emei shan city) - Wannian Temple (have a lunch) - Golden Summit (live here at night) - Xixiang pond (have a lunch) - jiulao Cave (live here at night) - Hongchuan Terrace (have a lunch) -Qinyin Pavilion - Go back.

Transportation
Trains and long-distance buses run from Chengdu to Emei town. It is about 120 kilometers from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Mt.Emei. When you reach the airport, you may spend an hour and a half by coach in Xin Nan Men Bus Station  First option:You can by train to Chengdu Railway Station,then you may by coach to Mt.Emei in Xin Nan Men Bus Station. Second option:You can by train to Emei Railway Station. Emei Railway Station is located in Emei city. It is about 10 kilometers from Emei Bus Station to Mt.Emei,so you may spend 15 minutes by car to get there.The trip takes 2 to 3 hours. One then needs to take another bus or taxi from Emei town to the village of Baoguo at the base of Emei Shan. The trail to the summit begins at Baoguo Si (Baoguo Temple).

It is five kilometers to the top of Emei Shan, much of it consisting of stone stairs. If you walk it all, plan for a full day up and a full day down (around 10 hours on foot). Monasteries along the way offer reasonably-priced lodging, and there are several comfortable lodges on the summit. Dress in layers - a 20° variance between base and summit is normal.

Minibuses and cable cars can take tourists most of the way up the mountain. Most opt for tours from Chengdu, about three hours to the mountain base, then another two hours to Jieyin Dien, where you already feel the air at 2,540 meters.

A Swiss-style cable car soars over pines to Jinding, and a final hike of about an hour, huffing and puffing in the high altitude, to the peak. Some spend the night to see the sunrise, others quickly turn around and head back.



** Sightseeing car prices: passenger transport station reportedly Temple --- Lei Dongping station reported that 40 yuan
Temple --- five-passenger station marked Kong (Temple million) Station 20 yuan
mine Ping-dong Station --- Temple station reported that 30 per
Lei Dongping station --- five significant Kong (Temple million) Station 30 per marked five
Kong (Temple million years) --- station Lei Dongping Five Station 30 per marked
Kong (Temple million years) --- station reported that the station Temple 20 yuan

** station departure time: every year on November 1 next year --- April 25 ( With the exception of the Spring Festival Golden Week: Temple station reported 6:00 --- 17: 00)
Temple station reported:8:00 --- 16: 00
Lei Dongping station:8:00 --- 17: 00

** Temple has been reported at the terminal transfer of dollars (team car) Tel:0833-5592464

** Jinding cable winter running time:
11 on 10 on --- The following year on January 31:07:30-18: 00

Emeishan Private Tour:      

  • Kind Note and Good Ideas for Tourist :

    Peak season are summer months: June-September. It's best to climb between May and October. The mountain is open in the winter months, but appropriate gear is essential
     
    1, as long as the clothing in general with a heavy clothing to prepare at an altitude of 3,077 meters of Jinding warm, if not also okay with, the Leidongping up, rents are everywhere in the cotton. Emeishan often raining, so take a raincoat or Chongfengyi is necessary. In addition, unless you love clean, or do not bring a change of cloth, to the mountains where you did not bathe.
    2, shoes, if it was good shoes to wear it, in fact the general sports shoes and even shoes are OK, as long as you are not wearing shoes, mountaineering, is simply different. Comfort, good road or path.
    3, the Food and Drug drinking water generally not necessary that it should be brought, mountaineering easy fatigue, a little sugar on the trip. But with a need to drink plenty of water with the kettle, if that trouble with the water, with direct point-good bottle of mineral water can be, not to throw away the bottle after the finish, uphill useful.
    4, the mountains after the buy-kan crutches, but that does not require expensive and very pretty, as long as the can, one of the four yuan on it. Is used mainly to support and drive mountaineering monkeys. As is not to feed the monkeys eat a little personal situation to see it, but do not carry too much, monkeys will be with you.
    5, if it intends to Zouyelu so, with a flashlight in. Zouyelu but it is generally not necessary.

    High Season (Jan.15 – Dec.14) Entrance Fee: CNY 150
    Jinding Cable Car: Opening Hours: 05:30 – 18:00; CNY 65 (upper)/ CNY 55 (lower)
    Wannian Cable Car: Opening Hours: 06:40 – 18:00; CNY 65 (upper)/ CNY 45 (lower)
    Low Season (Dec.15 – Jan.14) Entrance Fee: CNY 90
    Jinding Cable Car: CNY 30 (upper)/CNY 20 (lower)
    Wannian Cable Car: CNY 30 (upper)/CNY 20 (lower)
    Baoguo Temple CNY 8
    Fuhu Temple CNY 6
    Wannian Temple CNY 10

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