Mount Emei Contents
Welcome to Mount Emei. You can find sightseeing spots of Emeishan on this page.
Sightseeing Spots of Mount Emei Scenic Area
As one of four famous Buddhist mountains in China, Mount Emei has profound cultural heritages, and is famous for believing in Bodhisattva Samantabhadra (Puxian). During the long history of over 2000 years, Emei contains Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, forms the source of Taoism, the beginning of Buddhism and the realm of Confucianism, and develops till today. At present, the core culture is Buddhism, and there are about 300 monks in the mountain, about 30 temples including Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Huazang Temple and so on. Due to its mystery, richness and profoundness, Mount Emei is more splendid than Five Mountains and at the top position. There are also poems saying that “Emei, the leader of mountains”, which is really attractive.
Peak Season (from January 16 to December 14): RMB 185 per person, discount ticket of RMB 90 per each;
Off Season (December 15 to January 15 next year): RMB 110 per person; discount ticket of 55 per each. However, tickets for Wannian Temple, Baoguo Temple, and Fuhu Temple are excluded, which is RMB 10, RMB 8, RMB 6 per person. The cable car fee and sightseeing car fee are not included, neither.
Peak Season (from January 15 to December 15 in 2015): 6 AM to 6:30 PM
Off Season (from December 16 in 2015 to January 15 in 2016): 7 AM to 5:30 PM
Baoguo Temple is the biggest temple in Mount Emei, the door of Emei, and the center of Buddhist activities. In Ming Dynasty, Baoguo Temple was established at the right side of Fuhu Temple by Mingguang Taoist. The original name was Huizong Hall, which means the converge of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Then in Qing Dynasty, it was removed here (nowadays address), and rebuilt in Shunzhi the Ninth year. In 1703, according to the meaning of “contribution to the country”in “Four Grace Four Contribution”, the Emperor Kangxi changed its name into “Baoguo Temple” (which means making contribution to the country).
Nowadays, there are five halls in Baoguo Temple, including the gate, Maitreya Hall, Main Hall, Seven Buddha Hall, and Fugen Hall, all in a central line. This temple was built based on the geological features, against the mountain, and all those halls were built higher and higher gradually. The gate contains cornices and Triassic roof, and in the middle there is a tablet named “Baoguo Temple” by Kangxi. Additionally, on both sides of Tripitaka Loft there are various artifacts, paintings, and other biological specimens, as well as the whole territory model of Mount Emei, which provide a wealth of materials for tourists to know more about Mount Emei.
Address: arriving at the foot of Mount Emei–RMB 8
Transportation: No. 5 Bus in downtown from Bus Company at the Middle Mingshan Road to Fuhu Temple. You can get off the Bus at Baoguo Temple Station, RMB 1.5 for ticket, bus shift at every 10 minutes.
“World-Famous Mountain” Arch
“World-Famous Mountain” Arch is the mountain gate of Mount Emei, rebuilt in April, 1993. The front side “World-Famous Mountain” was written by Guo Moruo in 1959; the back side “Buddhist Resort”was written by Zhao Puren, the chairman of China Buddhism Association.
At the left side of the arch, there are three rocks, and the big one is over 5 meters of height, carved with “Mount Emei” by Su Dongpo in Song Dynasty.
The arch is 17.8 meters high, 22 meters wide, four-row and three-span, by the form of antique architectural forms of reinforced concrete structures. The cornices are simple and elegant , with Ming and Qing architectural style. This arch is one of the biggest arches in China.
Qingyin Pavilion is located at the foot of Niuxin Valley, at the altitude of 710 meters, and is one of eight temples in Mount Emei. At the left side of the Pavilion, there are Hongchun Valley and Xianfeng Temple, and right Bailong Cave and Wannian Temple. Qingyin Pavilion is the necessary place for climbing the mountain to worship and for sightseeing. Though the Pavilion is small, the terrain is very dangerous and important, the pavilion is surrounded by mountains and water, and the scenery is very beautiful. Qingyin Pavilion is the typical model of Chinese Buddhist Garden Architecture.
Due to the limited terrain, there is only one hall in Qingyin Pavilion, for worshiping Sakyamuni Buddha (in the middle), Manjushri Buddha (at the left) and Samantabhadra(at the right).
Tourists can have vegetarian food in the temple (7AM to 7:30 AM in the morning, 11 AM to 11:30 AM at noon, and 6 PM to 6:30 PM in the afternoon), and the price varies from few dollars to more than ten dollars. You had better not waste food in the temple. Nearby there are many farmhouses, you can have some Emei tofu, icy-jelly, konjac duck, Emei old bacon, to enjoy a typically big dinner in Mount Emei. Besides, on the way to Qingyin Pavilion, there are many roadside for snacks, like chicken, hot corn and so on.
One Line Sky
One Line Sky has both the beauty of magnificent canyon and the pure essence of cool spring water. Standing in the canyon, looking forward, tourists can see the crag cliffs directing to the sky, over 200 meters high, which is like a huge mountain to be cut through the middle by a cleaver. Through the sparse vine or dense leaves, the narrow blue skyline is visible, about 6 meters wide, only 3 meters of the narrowest, which is only available for two people. It’s said that the section from Qingyin Pavilion to One Line Sky, and to Natural Ecological Monkey Area, is the most charming in the whole Mount Emei.
Natural Ecological Monkey Area
Located under Hongchun Valley, near One Line Sky of Qingyin Pavilion, this Monkey Area is the biggest natural wild monkey area in China, covering about 10 square kilometers. Planks, pavilions and cable bridges are established in the area, which is convenient for tourists to enjoy and play with monkeys. Emei Monkeys are the fairies of Mount Emei. They are playing, naughty, cute and friendly. They are also the living tourist attraction in Mount Emei. However, most monkeys are not so friendly as imagined.
Leidongping is located at Lianwang Slope, in the middle of Baiyun Pavilion and Yin Hall, at the altitude of 2430 meters. With the high mountain and cold wind, this valley is famous for its grotesque. The snow period is longer than that in Jinding, the quality of snow is fairly good, and the slope is slight, so a high mountain skiing site was open nearby. The mountainous path from Leidong Valley to Yin Hall is the clustering area of rhododendron. In early summer, the rhododendron is very colorful and marvelous. A 450-year-old rhododendron under Leidong Valley, 13 meters high, 2.7 meters of diameter, which can be called “Queen Rhododendron”. The section from Xixiang Pool to Leidong Valley through Lanwang Slope is about 3.5 KM, is also one of the most dangerous and steep mountainous paths (like Zuantian Slope and Ninety-nine Turns), and is also one of the most splendid sections in the mountain.
Wannian Temple is one of eight temples in Mount Emei, located at the foot of Guanxin Valley. In front there are Daping Temple, Niuxin Temple, Shisun Mountain and Bomeng Mountain. Wannian Temple is at the altitude of 1020 meters, famous for Samantabhadra Statue.
Beamless Brick Temple: the second hall of Wannian Temple, AKA Samantabhadra Temple
This temple was built by bricks, no wood, no pillar, or no tiles. This splendid temple has the typical ancient Indian architecture style, whose design is from old universe concept of round sky and square earth. Beamless Brick Temple has been through earthquake for 18 times, but it still stands there till today, so it is taken as the miracle in Chinese history of architecture.