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Mount Emei Travel Guide

==General information

Mount Emei is located at mysterious north latitude of about 30°, which is at the southwest of Sichuan Basin. With the characteristics of “magnificence, grotesque”and profound Buddhist culture, Mount Emei is the world natural and cultural heritages. Mount Emei is composed of high area, medium area and low area of tourism spots. Due to the unique geological features, and the obvious vertical distributions of plants, animals, soil, and climate, Mount Emei is named as “the Kingdom of Plants”, “Animals Paradise”and “Geological Museum”, as well as “Mount Emei the Top in the World”. Zhou Hongmo, the poet of Ming Dynasty praised it in a poem,”The scenery of Mount Emei is the top of the world, no need to travel to Peng Lai in Shandong province.”

===Highlights of Mount Emei

Buddhism Resort

Mount Emei is one of the four Buddhism mountains, which is famous at home and abroad for “Buddhism Resort”and “Bodhisattva and Temples”. At the middle of 1st century AD, Buddhism was transported to Mount Emei from India through the south Silk Road, and Pugong established Puguang Temple at Jinding. At 3rd century AD, Buddha belief became popular among the mountain. Chinese monks established Puxian Temple (Wannian Temple nowadays) under the Guanxin Slope, and it becomes Buddha Temple till today. In Mount Emei tourist spot, there are over 30 temples,including eight famous temples: Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Wannian Temple, Hong Chunping, Xianfeng Temple, Xixiang Pool and Huazang Temple. All these temples are like shining gems embedded on Mount Emei, presenting the profound history of Buddhist culture of Mount Emei.  

Animals and Plants Kingdom

Mount Emei is always covered by green trees all year round, and the average temperature difference is 14℃ between the top and the foot of the mountain. There is a saying, “there are four seasons on the mountain and the weather is changing in different altitude.”Additionally, due to the low clouds, heavy frost and rich rainfalls, it is the kingdom of various plants and animals. There are over 5000 kinds of plants, equaling the total amount of plants in Europe. From which, Shaluo and Hongtong are the State First Level Protection Plants, and other 103 kinds of plants are named after “Emei”. There are over 2300 kinds of wild animals, 29 kinds of the first-national protection animals, such as Emei Tibetan macaque, butterfly, Emei mustache toad, black stork, playing frog, panda, Emei silver pheasant, blue throat sunbird, red Tragopan and so on.  

Saint Light

Saint Light appears at middle night. Under Sheshen Cliff, sometimes a little light like fireflies in the valley gradually gather together. In the dark valley, the light can be partly visible and partly invisible, which somehow scatter in darkness. Buddhist takes it as “Saint Light”(thousands of clear light for Budhisattva), which is much harder to be seen than “Buddha Light”. There are other places besides Jinding for tourists to enjoy “Saint Light”, like Lingyan Temple, Fuhu Temple, Hua Yanding, and Xixiang Pool, but the best choice is Jinding. Appreciate Time: dark night without moon (the end or the beginning of the month in lunar calendar), or after raining  

Monkeys in Mount Emei

“Monkey King”in Mount Emei is world-famous, and they are truly the masters of Mount Emei. They walk on the mountainous path, show no fear before tourists, rob tourists’ food, water, and behave “rudely”. Though these monkeys rob tourists’ stuff, they are the symbol of Mount Emei, and become an necessary part of Emei traveling.

==The best time to visit

Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for traveling, because the climate is moderate and the scenery is charming. In spring (April), tourists can appreciate the colorful sea of rhododendron full of the Mount Emei. Besides that, tourists can join in the Mountain Fair (a month from March to April), and they can see the busy occasion of thousands of lanterns. In autumn, tourists can see the whole mountain of red leaves, which is also the symbol of autumn scenery. The autumn of Mount Emei is very short. Each year from the mid September to the end of October, leaves on the mountain will turn to yellow from green, and turn to red from yellow. Standing on the top of the mountain, overlooking the valley, tourists can enjoy the magnificent scenery of thick frost, red leaves and cloud sea. Sunrise: 6 AM in summer, 7 AM in winter Cloud Sea: from 9 AM to 10 AM, 3 PM to 4 PM Buddha Light: from 9 AM to 10 AM, 3 PM to 4 PM Saint Lantern: at night of the end or beginning of month in lunar calendar, or after raining Rhododendron Appreciate Time: Lei Dongping---from April to May; Wan Foding---from May to June Summer Resort: from June to October Red Leaves Appreciate Time: October Skiing: from November to March in next year

==Special recommendation

Sunrise at Jinding The sun rises while the bell in the temple is ringing. The sky before dawn is beautiful. Gradually, horizon line can be seen, a plume of red rays floating, holding several golden rimmed clouds. A brilliant daylight is approaching. Under the colorful clouds, on the boundless and blue-purple sky, suddenly, showing a little purple-red color, and gradually, a round and red sun rises slowly from the skyline. With the sunrise from the east and morning rays full of the sky, thousands of golden light shedding on the ground, Mount Emei wears a golden coat from the bottom to the top, and presents its whole beautiful body. Buddha Light When a tourist stand on Jinding, against the sun, and surrounded by clouds in the front sky, he or she can see a ring which is red outside and purple inside, and in the middle there will be the figure of the tourist. People moves, and the figure also moves. If people leave, the ring also disappears. This is called Buddha Light. Even though there are thousands of tourists standing together, they can only see their own figure in the ring, strangely, so Buddha Light is also called “Mount Emei Treasure Light”. Emei Martial Art Emei martial art, Shaolin martial art and Wudang martial art are three schools of Chinese martial arts. From which, Emei martial art has been 2500 years of history, which is the earliest martial art. The name of Emei martial art is from Mount Emei, originated from Spring and Autumn Warring Periods, and prevailing from Tang Dynasty to Song Dynasty of about 500 years. Emei martial art consists of eight schools and five subordinate schools. On tourism season, or holidays, or during the celebrations, Emei Martial Art Association presents performs at Mingshan Square, Baoguo Temple and Huazang Temple.

==Clothing Tips

In Mount Emei tourist spot, the temperature difference of different altitude is very obvious, which is about 14℃ between the top and the foot of the mountain. There are obviously four seasons under the altitude of 2000 M, just like other parts in China, and so is the clothing tips. The temperature on the middle of the mountain is comparatively low, but tourists will not feel cold when they climb the mountain. However, at altitude of high mountain over 2000 M, there are only spring and autumn. The average temperature at Jinding in summer is from 8 to 10 ℃, so tourists need outfits for spring and autumn. If they want to enjoy the sunrise, they need thicker clothes. In winter, the temperature can be as low as -20℃, so tourists should wear thick and warm coats (there are coats for renting on the top of the mountain).

Sightseeing spots

As one of four famous Buddhist mountains in China, Mount Emei has profound cultural heritages, and is famous for believing in Puxian Budhisattva. 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; Puxian, the first son of Buddha”, which is really attractive. Tickets 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. Open Time 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

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 Contact: 0833-5591811 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

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

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.  

==Overnight for Mount Emei Travel

The tourist attractions are rich but scattered. If you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery to your heart’s content, you had better live in the scenic spot for at least one night. You can choose accommodation according to your own sightseeing schedule. Hongchun Valley, Xianfeng Temple and Xixiang Pool can be your choice. You can decide which place to stay based on your climbing speed. You can always find a place to stay as long as in slack season (not like busy season--National Holiday). It is best for you to arrive at Leidong Valley, because you can enjoy the sunrise the next day. Downtown or low-level area: it is convenient to visit Baoguo Temple, and you can also enjoy the hot springs. Hotels are clustered in Baoguo Temple, like Hongzhushan Hotel, Hot Spring Hotel and Mount Emei Hotel (3 hot spring hotels), RMB 700 to 1000 a room for one night. There are many inns at low-altitude area, much more in downtown, and the price is more reasonable, few decades of dollars to hundreds of dollars for one room a night. Living in downtown is very convenient to enjoy delicious local food, and it only takes RMB 10 to 20 to Baoguo Temple by taxi. halfway up the mountain: This area is the place for hikers to stay, because they can have a good rest here. Near Qingyin Pavilion there are many farmhouse and inns, RMB 30 to 50 for per person, but the accommodation condition is not so good. High-level area: It is a good place to enjoy the sunrise, and they can choose to stay in Jinding, Leidonping, or Xixiang Pool. Jinding Hotel is in Jinding, about RMB 600 per night. You can also choose to stay inside Leidongping or Xixiang Pool, as well as farmhouse or inns nearby. Tips: you’d better book your room in advance. Temples: Temple accommodation is the characteristic of Mount Emei. Along the way climbing to the mountain, many temples, big or small, are equipped with guest rooms, RMB 30 to 60 for one bed and 100 to 160 for one room. You can choose to stay in Baoguo Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Hongchun Valley, Bailong Cave, Wannian Temple, Xixin Temple and so on. Even in busy seasons, the price for temple accommodation does not go up, but perhaps the room will be taken out early before 10 AM. Plus, temple accommodation in Mount Emei can not be booked in advance, so you should make sure your choice for accommodation. Farmhouse: there are many farmhouses near Qingyin Pavilion, you can compare several farmhouses and make your final decision, RMB 30 to 50 per person for one night. Food & Dringk in Mount Emei The main delicious food in Mount Emei is all kinds of snacks. Deeply influenced by Sichuan food, types of food and its taste are similar to Chengdu flavor food. In downtown, there are many small restaurants or even the roadside stall without brand, but the food tastes locally and yummy. Local Flavor Emei Soybean Curd Emei Soybean Curd, made by bone soup, crisp meat and other seasoning flavor, tastes really like Sichuan food. You can taste it in various snack bars, but the most famous one is Qinglong Curd on Shuyuan Street in downtown and Ju’s Curd near the fountain. Bobo Chicken Bobo Chicken is from leshan, a countryside in Sichuan, having hundreds of years of history. Due to the origin from countryside, Bobo Chicken makes people feel the simple and pure quality of village. It is spicy, convenient to make, and tastes particularly, so it is prevailing among people in Sichuan. “Bobo” actually is the crock. Spicy seasoning is put on the bottom of the crock, vegetables or meat are made into the stick after particular processing, then they are soaked in all kinds of flavors of seasoning, so people can eat them if want. Emei Pot-Stewed Duck The pot-stewed duck industry in Mount Emei has the history of more than 200 years. There are hundreds of roadside stalls in downtown and it is easily to found. The color of pot-stewed ducks are dark red, the meat is tender and delicious, a little flavor of fire smoke, and it tastes too good to forget, which is a good choice for drink white wine. Emei Vegetarian Food Mount Emei is the resort of Buddhism and Taoism, so Emei vegetarian food is a local feature. The raw material for vegetarian food in temples are: tofu made from soybean, bean products, gluten and baked cake processed from flour, as well as vermicelli and other rice noddles. “Imitating Meat” is one of the features of Emei vegetarian food, combined with traditional processing art, which is famous for its delicate design, exquisite carving, color, aroma and delicious taste. Especially “Spring Tofu Pudding”and “Snow Water Pickle”in Mount Emei, they are world-famous and taste really good. Emei Eel Slice Emei Eel Slice is the dish that tourists must taste if they come to Mount Emei. Since ancient time, eel meat is tender, delicious and nutritious. As raw material for food, it has effects of tonifying middle-Jiao and Qi, nourishing the blood and tranquilization, warming Yang and benefiting spleen, strengthening vital essence and and stopping bleeding, which is the food of nutritious value for modern people. Emei Local Food Village Emei Local Food Village is located at the riverside of Yoga Rive (the old address of Phoenix Stand in Mount Emei, near Emei Hotel. In the food village, there are Emei snacks, Emei BBQ, Emei dishes, Magic Water Xueya Gallery and Emei Bar. Address: near Emei Hotel Tel: 0833-5595668 Snacks Street is inside the tourist spot, mainly selling local flavor, like Leafless cake, Pot-Stewed Duck, Bean Curd, Cold Cake, and Buns Cake. Address: at Baoguo Temple in Mount Emei Road Bridge Turnip Soup (on the way from downtown to scenic spot) This is a very famous restaurant in Mount Emei, and the special is Turnip Soup and Pickle Bamboo Shoot. The method to cook this dish, is to cook soup of pig bone and pig bladder first, then to put turnip (the specialty of Long Pool in Mount Emei). The soup is strong, the taste is good, and the turnip is delicious and sweet. Though the pig bladder is fat, it still tastes good. The pickles are really delicious, especially pickled bamboo shoot of Mount Emei. The bamboo shoot is fresh and tender, combined with turnip soup. This soup is the combination of meat (pig bladder) and vegetable (turnip), of green (turnip) and white (meat soup). This soup is all good in color, aroma and taste. You can enjoy the “unlimited refill” except meat, which means you can add soup and turnip endlessly. However, waiters will not do it for you, so you should ask them yourself. Address: at Mingshan Gas Station of Road Bridge in downtown (on the way from the downtown to Baoguo Temple scenic spot, near the second Gas Station) Tel: 0833-5590335 Others In downtown you can have delicious food like: --Shuyuan Street: Bean Curd, Sanheni (made of rice, glutinous rice, and bean) --Xizheng Street: Leafless Cake, Frozen Cake, and Corn Cake --Business Street: Pot-Stewed Duck --Near Jucao: Emei Eel Slice --at Quanyechang: Cool Jelly, In Mount Emei scenic spot: --Farmhouse: homemade bean curd, old bacon and sausage --Hotel or Inn: Konjac duck, stewed shoots Shopping: what to buy in Mount Emei Shan Consumption Suggestions Tourists do not have to pay much money to travel Mount Emei, RMB 500 (no shopping, only climbing the mountain and sightseeing) for each if they go there for 3 days and 2 nights, starting from Chengdu. Or if they want to travel easier, RMB 1000 for each is enough. Buddhist Consecrated Souvenir and craftsmanship Consecrated souvenir includes Samantabhadra Golden Buddha, Samantabhadra Riding Elephant Buddha, beads, amulets, security card, pendant, etc. Plus, craftsman use the raw materials of animals and plants in Mount Emei, to make all kinds of local craftsmanship, like Watkins wood, sticks, monkey craftsmanship and so on. You can buy some as souvenir on the way climbing the mountain. The specialty in Mount Emei contains tea, Chinese traditional medicine, local specialty, Buddhist Consecrated souvenir and craftsmanship. If you travel to Mount Emei, you can miss both the natural local specialty and traditional craftsmanship with strong cultural feeling. Tea Mount Emei Tea has been very famous since Jin Dynasty. Before the founding of PRC, the Monk Qingguan of Mount Emei used the fresh tea of Dragon Cave, and made famous “E’Rui”(a kind of tea in Emei) by the tea processing method in Hangzhou. This kind of tea is characteristic of tight leaves and flower-like bud, so it is called “E’Rui”. After PRC, the Monk Juekong of Wannian Temple created a new king of tea with the characteristic of “flat, smooth, straight, sharp”. General Chen Yi praised it after having a taste, and he named it as “Green Bamboo Leaf”because the shape is really like bamboo leaf. You can buy it in Tourist Shopping Mall (located at the main road of Emei scenic spot), tea stalls in scenic spot, shopping mall in downtown or in tea shop. If you visit Mount Emei in spring, you can not miss the new tea. Chinese traditional medicine and local specialty Since ancient time Mount Emei is called “God Mountain and Medicine Paradise”, owning various medical plants and animals, and most of the medical plants are the rare and valuable medicine in China. If you want, you can buy it in Chinese medicine stalls in scenic spot or in pharmacy of downtown. And, there are many dealers at roadside selling mainly gastrodia elata and cynomorium. Tourists who want to buy some should be careful if it is genuine or sham. They should also haggle with the medicine dealers, because the price of wild gastrodia elata is different from planted gastrodia elata. If you are not familiar with it, you’d better not but it there. Specialty Representative: bamboo shoot and snow konjac Entertainment Lingxiu Hot Spring The hot spring in Mount Emei is very famous. It is the rare radon hot spring, which is called “Buddhist Holy Hot Spring”. Lingxiu Hot Spring is the best place for relax in Mount Emei, divided into outdoors and indoors hot spring. You can have a test here after you climbed the mountain. Address: inside hot spring Happy Valley in Baoguo Temple scenic spot of Mount Emei Tickets: RMB 168 per person Emei Top Skiing Spot Emei Skiing Spot is the first one in Sichuan, established in Sichuan. This spot is divided into training area, snow slide area, snow battle area, playing area, fireworks area, snow statue area for tourists holding statue design contest, parking lot, restaurant and other facilities. Address: at right side of the road at Leidong Valley Parking Lot in Mount Emei Tickets: 1) Skiing: RMB 50 per person for one hour 2) Flying objects: RMB 40 per person for one hour 3) Flying ship: RMB 40 per person for one hour 4) Hovercraft: RMB 40 per person for one hour 5) Dog-sleigh: RMB 30 per person for once 6) Skiing uniform: RMB 10 per person for one suit 7) Gloves: RMB 3 per person for one set 8) Snow tools: RMB 30 per person for one hour Tel: 0833-5098025 Tours & Itinerary Hiking Necessity Bamboo Stick: RMB 1, you can take it as climbing stick, or use it preventing from wild monkey; Disposable poncho: 2 suits for RMB 5, actually poncho is more useful than umbrella; Water: based on your climbing schedule you’d better take a big bottle of water of 1.5 L, because the drinkable water is really important when hiking. The price of water goes up increasingly as the altitude goes up. If you do not want to carry bottle of water, you can take a bottle, and get free hot water from temples. There are two routes for hiking on Mount Emei. One is totally 40.5 KM, beginning at Qingyin Pavilion, through Hongchun Valley, Xianfeng Temple, Yuxian Temple, and to Leidong Valley; the other one is 21.5 KM long, beginning at Wannian Temple, through Xixin Pavilion, Chu Hall, and to Leidong Valley. Hiking is a gradual process, so if you are the first time to begin hiking, you should make it too rush. 3-Day Hiking Route D1: Chengdu--Mount Emei--Baoguo Temple--Fuhu Temple--Qingyin Pavilion--Hongchun Valley D2: Hongchun Valley--(15 KM)--Xianfeng Temple--(12.5 KM)--Xixiang Pool--(7.5 KM)--Leidong Valley--Jieyin Hall--(4.5 KM)--Taizi Valley D3: Taizi Valley--Jinding--Leidong Valley--Climbing down the mountain--Chengdu Route Details D1: in the morning tourists can take bus (RMB 44) from Xin Nanmen Station in Chengdu, and it takes 2.5 hours to arrive at Coach Station in downtown. From Coach Station to Mount Emei scenic spot, it costs RMB 10 by taxi, and RMB 5 by van. After going into the scenic spot, tourists can climb the mountain from the road beside Baoen Temple, passing through Fuhu Temple, Leiyin Temple, Chunyang Hall, Shenshui Pavilion, Zhongfeng Temple, Guangfu Temple, and arrive at Qingyin Pavilion. After buying the ticket at the ticket booth (at slight slope), 10 KM from Qingyin Pavilion, tourists can enter the scenic spot (don’t expect to escape tickets because the checking system is very strict). After enjoying Qingyin Pavilion, tourists continue to climb up, pass through One Skyline and Monkey Area, but they should be careful of bottle of water and camera, because monkeys are really naughty. Above Monkey Area, there is Hongchun Valley, 6 KM from Qingyin Pavilion. Tourists had better arrive at Qingyin Pavilion before 6:30 PM, because they can have vegetarian food there and stay in Hongchun Valley Temple. D2: first tourists come to “Ninety-Nine Turns”. It is a dangerous road which is difficult to climb. Then they come to Xianfeng Temple, where they can worship God of Wealth. Next they climb down to arrive at Yuxian Temple, and then climb up again. After a while, they will arrive at the second difficult slope, ZuanTian Slope. Finally they arrive at Xixiang Pool. Next is the third difficult slope to climb, Lianwang Slope, which is the most difficult slope to climb on the mountain. Tourists can have a rest when they arrive at Leidong Valley (available for accommodation), or they can continue to climb. After passing through Jieyin Hall (here is cable car to Jinding, RMB 65 per person) and Qili Slope, they will arrive at Taizi Valley, where there are many farmhouses for accommodation. D3: At 5: 30 AM in the morning, tourists can arrive at Jinding at around 6 AM. At Jinding, the temperature is low, and the wind is heavy, so tourists should wear thick coat. After finishing enjoying the beautiful scenery at Jinding, tourists walk 6 KM to Leidong Valley. You can take bus down the mountain, RMB 50 per person, unless you are a fan of climbing. Or you can choose to take a king of smaller van, 7 persons in a van, RMB 40 per person. For fans of climbing, they can choose the route (Huayan Ding Route) back the mountain to climb down. They can take bus at the Coach Station at the foot of the mountain, back to Xin Nanmen Station in Chengdu, RMB 44 per person. 2-Day Tour Sightseeing Route D1: Chengdu--Emei--Baoguo Temple--Fuhu Temple--Coach Station (by bus)--Leidong Valley (by cable car)--Jinding D2: to enjoy sunrise and snow mountain--Leidong Valley (by bus)--Wannian Temple Parking Lot--Wannian Temple--Qingyin Pavilion--Wuxian Spot--Coach Station--Chengdu Route Details D1: tourists can take bus from Xinnanmen Station in Chengdu to Mount Emei scenic spot, and walk to Baoguo Temple. After that they can take bus to Fuhu Temple, then they can take sightseeing car at Coach Station to Leidong Valley, and walk to Jieyin Hall, where they can take cable car to Jinding. At night they can stay at Jinding. D2: tourists can get up early to watch the sunrise at Jinding, then walk to Jieyin Hall and Leidong Valley. The can take bus from Leidong Valley to Wannian Temple Parking Lot, to visit Wannian Temple, but should be careful of monkeys. They should climb up the slope which is very slight. After that they can walk down the slope from Wannian Temple to Qingyin Pavilion. And they should continue walk from Qingyin Pavilion to Wuxian Spot Parking Lot. Finally they can take bus from Coach Station back to Chengdu. Festivals & Events “Thousands of Lights are for Samantabhadra” It is a very large-scale Buddhist event. Respected Old Master stands at main altar, sing incense song, Compassion, ten small curse, Heart Sutra, and Samantabhadra vows goods, start Foji, light a lantern, walk around the Buddha and back to it. Meanwhile, according to the requirements of believers, they will also hold some events like Pufo, Yankou, Gongtian, Daqi and other large-scale Shui-Lu rites. Time: the first day, 15th day of the month, or Buddhist’s birthday Emei Pilgrimage Event Each year, Pilgrimage Event contains worshiping Buddha and sightseeing, also some Senior Monks are invited to hold rites, fair, consecration, pilgrimage activities and wish activities. Time: in May of each year, lasting for about 7 days Practical Information Language Local people in Mount Emei speak Sichuan dialect. It should be easy for Chinese tourists to communicate with them. Banks There are many banks in Baoen Temple scenic spot at the foot of Mount Emei, like Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and China Construction Bank, so it is very convenient. Besides, there are more banks in downtown, the the service or facilities are more convenient. Post Office There are two post offices at the foot of Mount Emei: one is inside Emei Camous of Southwest Jiaotong University, and the other one is on South Mingshan Road in Emei Town. And four post offices in downtown. Tel Numbers Mount Emei Tourism Bureau: 028-86653315 Mount Emei Costumer Association: 0833-5522315 Bandit Police: 110 Fire Police: 119 Emergency Center: 120 Traffic Accident: 122 Police SMS System: 12110 Weather Forecast: 12121 Red Cross First Aid Station: 999 Internet Various hotels in Baoen Temple scenic spot are equipped with broadband and WIFI, and there are many net bars for tourists. But it is difficult to access to internet after they enter into the scenic spot. Hospital E’Shan Town Hospital Address: South Mingshan Road in E’Shan Town Contact: 0833—5523140 Tour Security Tips for watching monkey: Wild Monkey Area is near Qingyin Pavilion, One Skyline, Hongchun Valley, Jiulao Cave, and Xixiang Pool. Monkeys are very familiar with tourists, so they are not afraid of tourists, walking among people, and asking food for tourists. It’s said that if you want to feed monkey, you should put food on your hand and throw it to monkey or wait for monkey getting it, then you should clap hands which means you are out of food. If you take food from your bag before monkeys, after feeding you should show monkeys the bottom of the bag to show you are out of food, or, monkeys will come to search your bag! After entering the Monkey Area, tourists should not touch them, watch them, challenge them, or never ever touch cute little monkeys because big monkeys will hurt you. Do not bring valuable stuff with you, if you have to, remember to catch it tightly, because monkeys sometimes will rob it and hang it on the high tree. If monkeys come to you, do not scream, calm down. When you are on the path in Monkey Area, whether you come to feed monkey or just pass by, you should pretend to be calm, never show fear to them, because monkeys are fond of bullying the weak. They will not satisfied with your food, and come to search your bag, or hang you handbag and camera on the branch. If you meet into this situation, you should ask staff in the area to help you. Emei monkeys like girls, every time when they see female tourists wearing colorful clothes, monkeys will play with them. Thus, females wearing colorful clothes do not play monkeys, and never walk through monkey area alone. You’d better go with others or be escorted by staff there. Monkeys are merely afraid of one thing---sticks. When staff come to drive monkeys away, they knock the stick on the ground and monkeys will run away. So bringing a stick with you is very important. Transportation Getting there By air The nearest airport is Shuangliu Airport, only 120 KM from Mount Emei Scenic Spot in Chengdu. Besides, there are Mianyang Airport, and Chongqing Airport, owning several flights of home and abroad every day. Now Shuangliu Airport High Speed Train Station is available in the airport, which is really convenient. You can take intercity trains (Chengdu--Mianyang) to Mount Emei Station, and walk 10 minutes to the scenic spot (details seen in train part). If you cannot reach High Speed Train, you can take Airport bus, public bus or taxi to Xinnan Men Station in Chengdu, and then transfer tour bus to Mount Emei. Shuangliu Airport Address: in Shuangliu County of Chengdu Contact: 028--85205555 Transportation: by bus of NO. T804, or airport bus NO.1, NO.2, and NO.3, to T2 in Shuangliu Airport, or 1.5 hours of self-driving By train There two train station in downtown of Mount Emei city, one is the old Emei Station and the other one is the new Mount Emei Station started in 2014. Nowadays, the most convenient way to go to Mount Emei from outside Sichuan Province, is to take High Speed Train (intercity train) from Chengdu. In Sichuan Province, you can also take High Speed Train from Xinjin, Pengshan, Meizhou, and leshan. Intercity train is always on South Chengdu or East Chengdu Station. Pay attention to your tickets information and do not go to the wrong station. Mount Emei Station (High Speed Train) This station is the new station used in 2014 because of Cheng-Mian-Le Intercity Train, really near the scenic spot, so you can walk or take a bus to Mount Emei Scenic Spot. Nowadays, there are many shifts from Chengdu to Mount Emei, starting time from 7:42 to 20:57, every hour a shift. RMB 74 for the first class, RMB 65 for the second class, 1 to 1.5 hours of driving. 1) Tourists who arrive at Chengdu by air also can take High Speed Train at Shuangliu Airport to Mount Emei. 2) Tourists can consult at Tourism Information near the Exit, or they can also go to buy tickets of Mount Emei Scenic Spot and sightseeing car at Tickets window. Address: on Xiuhu Road of Mount Emei in Leshan city in Sichuan province How to get there? 1) to walk 10 minutes to enter the core Mount Emei scenic spot 2) To take NO. 5 bus to Baoguo Temple Tourist Center for about 5 minutes 3) To take bus of the scenic spot directly to Leidong Valley, RMB 90 for round trip (tickets available for two days), about 2 hours of driving Emei Train Station (Emei Station) This station is the necessary station of Cheng-Kun Line, which is an old station, about 10 KM from Mount Emei Scenic Spot. This is for tourists who want to get in the train at Chengdu Station or want to save transportation fee. At present there are 5 shifts of ordinary train (with letter K on the train) from Chengdu Station to Mount Emei Station, starting time from 6:42 to 15:57, about 2 or 3 hours, RMB 23.5 for Seat, and RMB 77.5 for Sleeper. Address: at Shengli Town in Mount Emei city Contact: 0833--5470699 Transportation: to take NO. 8 bus to get off at World-Famous Mountain Memorial Arch Station at Baoguo Temple, RMB 2 of tickets (about 15 minutes), or take a taxi, about RMB 15 South Chengdu Station The Waiting Hall at the second floor of the train station is the waiting area of Cheng-Mian-Le Line. Address: the north section of Tianfu Road in Wuhou District in Chengdu, Sichuan Province Transportation: Subway (Line 1) or bus of NO. 16, 19, 49 and 112 East Chengdu Station Address: Qingyi River Road in Chenghua District in Chengdu, Sichuan Province Contact: 028--86484652 Transportation: to take bus of NO. 2, 4, 38, 40, 47, 71 and 91 to get off at Chengdule Station (east square) Shuangliu Airport Station At present it is the biggest underground High Speed Station in China, as well as the only underground station on this line. The first floor underground is Multi-functional Waiting Hall, and the second floor is the platform. Address: under the parking lot of T2 at Shuangliu Airport Transportation: bus of NO. T804, airport line of NO. 1, 4, and 5 Bus Tourists can take bus from Chengdu, Leshan or Chongqing to Mount Emei. Mount Emei Tourism Coach Center Address: on Jingqu Road (near Baoguo Temple) in Mount Emei city Contact: 0833-5592464 Jiuzhu Coach Center Address: 10 minutes’ bus Transportation to Mount Emei: RMB 20 by taxi, or take public bus of NO. 8 to get off at World-Famous Mountain Memorial Arch at Baoguo Temple, RMB 2 of tickets Start from Chengdu There are bus shift from Xinnanmen Station in Chengdu directly to Mount Emei, every other 30 minutes, 2 hours of driving, about RMB 47 of tickets. Tourists who want to go to Leshan also wait at this station. Xinnanmen Station in Chengdu Address: NO.2 on Xinnan Road in Chengdu Link: (you can book tickets in advance) Contact: 028--85433609 Transportation: to take bus of NO. 35, or 1022 to get off at West Zhimin Road, and walk about 200 M to arrive at destination; or tourists can take bus of NO. 21, 28 and 237 directly arriving at destination Start from Leshan There are bus directly to Mount Emei at Leshan Center Station and Xiaoba Station. At Leshan Center Station, bus shift is every other 10 minutes, about 30 minutes of driving, RMB 8 of tickets. Plus, there are also bus at Mount Emei Scenic Spot and Leshan Buddha Scenic Spot, every other one hour, RMB 10 of tickets. Leshan Coach Center Station Address: No.1 on West Boyang Road (near Black Bridge) in Shizhong District in Leshan city, Sichuan Province Contact: 0833--2450710 Transportation to Mount Emei: at Leshan Station to take bus of NO. 6 and 9 to Yangguang Square, then transfer bus of NO. 3 and 13 to Leshan Buddha Scenic Spot; or they can take bus of NO. 13 at Xiaoba Station Start from Chongqing There is bus from Caiyuanba Station directly to Mount Emei, starting time of 7:10、9:00、11:30 AM, RMB 140 of tickets. To Leshan, the starting time is from 7 AM to 6 PM, every other 1.5 hours, RMB 140 of tickets. Caiyuanba Coach Station in Chongqing Address: NO. 1 on Caiyuan Road in Yuzhong District in Chongqing (near Chongqign Train Station) Contact: 023-89033877/89033855 Transportation: take Big Crown Escalator at Lianglukou, RMB 2 per person; or take bus of NO. 207, 210, 319, 325, 347, 419, 606, 608, 618, 619 and 862, and get off at Caiyuanba Train Station Getting around In downtown Public Bus There are many bus line in downtown of Mount Emei city, RMB 1 to 1.5 of tickets. The following are several main lines, tourists can take bus from train station or coach station to Mount Emei Scenic Spot. 1) NO. 5 A line: Mount Emei Station--World-Famous Mountain--Emei Hot Spring Hotel--Baoguo Temple--Fuhu Temple 2) NO.5 B line: Mount Emei Station--Foguang Square 3) NO. 8: Crystal Square--Train Station--Buddha Temple Tourism Area (Yi Town)--South Dafo Road--Mount Emei Station (South Square)--Mouth of Wenquan Road--World-Famous Mountain 4) NO. 11: Mount Emei Station--Hongchun Road--South Dafo Road--North City Coach Station--Temple Felai Hall 5) General line: Fuhu Temple--Baoguo Temple--Mount Emei Station--Buddha Temple--Buddha Temple Tourism Area (Yi Town)--Emei Train Station--China Medicine Park--Mouth of Nansheng Road (Crystal Square)--East Lake Wetland--Zhuyeqing Tea Area--North City Coach Station--Temple Feilai Hall 6) NO. 1 Tour Bus Line: Mount Emei Station--Baoguo Temple--Leidog Valley--Wannian Temple--Wuxian Valley (Qingyin Pavilion)--Baoguo Temple Station (Huangwan Station)--Mount Emei Station 7) NO.2 Tour Bus Business Line: directly go to the destination (Qingyin Pavilion, Wannian Temple or Linggongli) according to tourists’ needs Taxi The beginning price of taxi in Mount Emei city is RMB 5, and the bill is according to the mileage. It is about 8 KM from Jiuzhu Coach Station to Scenic Spot Coach Station, 9 KM from Mount Emei Train Station to Scenic Spot Coach Station. Plus, taxi can only park at the Welcome Plaza inside Mount Emei Scenic Spot, so tourists should transfer sightseeing car to enter the scenic spot. Shunning Taxi Company Tel: 0833--5534222 Binding Taxi Company Tel: 0833--5531555 Tricycle The typically local transportation tool in Mount Emei city, safe and comfortable, available for 2 people, RMB 2 to 5 of cost based on the mileage. Inside Scenic Spot Sightseeing car There are five parking lots inside the scenic spot (Tel: 0833-5592464): 1) Baoguo Temple Coach Center: from here you can walk to Baoguo Temple, NO.1 Pavilion, Emei Museum, Cliff Craving, Cultural Gallery of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, Welcome Plaza, “Shenyang Evening Bell” and other tourist attractions. 2) Wuxian Valley Parking Lot: from here you can walk to Qingyin Pavilion, One Skyline, Natural Monkey Area and other tourist attractions 3) Wannian Temple Parking Lot: from here you can take cable car or walk to Wannian Tempe, then walk up to Xi Pavilion, or walk down to Bailing Cave, Qingyin Pavilion and other tourist attractions. 4) Linggongli Parking Lot: not too many tourist attractions nearby 5) Dongle Valley Parking Lot: near Dongle Valley from here you can walk to Jitney Hall, and walk or take cable car up to Binding. Cost 1) Mount Emei Scenic Spot--Dongle Valley Parking Lot: RMB 90 per person (round trip) 2) Wannian Temple Parking Lot/Wuxian Valley Parking Lot--Dongle Valley Parking Lot: RMB 70 per person (round trip) 3) Mount Emei Scenic Spot--Dongle Valley Parking Lot/Wannian Temple Parking Lot: RMB 40 per person (round trip) Opening Time Busy Season: Opening: 5:30 AM, Starting the car: 6 AM (Baoguo Temple Station, Huangwan Station) Closing: 2 PM (the whole stations) Slack Season: Opening: 6: 30 AM Starting the car: 7 AM (Baoguo Temple Station, Huangwan Station) Closing: 4 PM (Baoguo Temple Station, Huangwan Station) 5 PM (Dongle Valley Station) 6 PM (Anshan Station) Cable Car There are two general cable car line in the scenic spot: Wannian Cable Line (from Wannian Parking Lot to Wannian Temple) Cost: Busy Season (Jan 16 to Dec 14) RMB 65 of tickets for up, RMB 45 for down; Slack Season (Dec 15 to Jan 15 next year) RMB 30 for up and 20 for down. Opening Time: 6: 40 AM to 6 PM Binding Cable Line (from Jitney Hall to Binding) Cost: Busy Season (Jan 16 to Dec 14) RMB 65 of tickets for up, RMB 55 for down; Slack Season (Dec 15 to Jan 15 next year) RMB 30 for up and 20 for down. Opening Time: 5: 30 AM to 6 PM Discount Policy: half-price: disabled man (needs certificate), children (height of 1.1 M to 1.4 M) Free: children under the height of 1.1 M Jam pan (a kind of litter) Tourists who are too tired to climb the mountain but able to afford the tickets can choose to take Jam pan. By this way, they will feel not too tired and also can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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2-Day Leshan Buddha & Emei Shan Tour 01/04/2016 - 01/01/2020

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Journey to the heart of Chinese Buddhism with visits to Dafo (the Giant Buddha) and Emei Shan (Mt. Emei). Dafo, at 71 m (233 ft) in height, is the world's largest stone-carved Buddha. Cut from the cliffs of Lingyun Shan and looming over the meeting of the Min and Dadu rivers and facing distant Emei Shan, the 400-year old world wonder is a sight to behold. Emei Shan itself is one of China's holiest mountains, and its mist-shrouded peaks, forested slopes, Buddhist temples, well-worn paths and winding stone stairs have drawn countless pilgrims over the centuries.