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Emei Shan Mountain (Mt. Emei)

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Overview
Mount Emei is the place where all the Bodhisattvas live. Buddhist culture constitutes the main body of Emei Mountain's history and culture. All the buildings, statues, magic instruments, etiquette, music and painting show the strong flavor of Buddhist culture. The main scenic spots includes Baoguo temple, Fuhu temple, Xixiangchi pool, Longmen cave, Sheshen cliff and Emei Buddha. It is one of the tourist, recuperation and summer resort destinations in China.

Climate&Weather
The mountain area of Mount Emei is foggy, with abundant rainfall and mist. The vertical change of temperature is significant: with the change of altitude, it has the climate of cold zone, sub cold zone, temperate zone and subtropical zone, so it is a famous summer resort in China.

Buddhist culture
In the middle of the 1st century, Buddhism was introduced into Mount Emei via India via the Southern Silk Road. In the 3rd century, the belief of the Bodhisattva was spread in the mountains. The Chinese monk Huizhi built the Puxian Temple (Wannian Temple) under Guanyin slope. In the middle of the 6th century, the development focus of world Buddhism gradually shifted from India to China. Sichuan once became the center of Chinese Zen Buddhism, and the construction of Buddhist temples came into being. In history, there were more than 100 temples. 

In the middle of the 9th century, Zhao Kuangyin, Emperor Taizu of Song Dynasty, sent a group of monks headed by the monk who's name is Jiye to visit India. After returning home, Jiye came back to the mountain to build a Buddhist temple, translated the Scriptures and preached the Dharma. The huge bronze Buddha statue weighing 62 tons and 7.85 meters high was worshipped in this Wannian temple. It has become one of the best Buddhist statues in Mount Emei with high cultural and artistic value.

What to see in Mount Emeishan

Baoguo temple
Baoguo temple is the center of Buddhist activities in Emei Mountain. It was built in the Ming Dynasty from 1573 to 1619. It was originally named Huizongtang hall. It was moved here in the early Qing Dynasty. Emperor Kangxi once inscribed the plaque "Baoguo Temple".

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Fuhu temple
Fuhu temple, is adjacent to Baoguo temple. The temple is a typical architectural style of Han Buddhism. On the central axis of the temple, there are Mountain Gate, Maitreya hall, Bodhi hall, Mahatma hall, 500 arhat hall, Royal Library, Zen room, monk's house, etc.

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Xixiangchi Pool
The temple was built during the reign of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty. As the legend saying goes that when the first disciple of ancient Buddhism Sakyamuni, Pu Xian Bodhisattva rode an elephant up to the Emeishan mountain, he took water to wash the elephant in a six square pool in front of the temple.

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Golden Summit
Jinding is the symbol of Mount Emei, and the Golden Buddha is the symbol of Mount Emei. Jinding is a collection of scenic spots and temples in Emei Mountain. The 48 meter high golden statues of buddhism Sakyamuni standing in the Golden Summit.

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Travel Information
Admission Fee: CNY160 per person (peak season);CNY110 per person (off season); CNY8 for Baoguo Temple, CNY10 for Fuhu Temple
Opening Time: 6:00am - 18:30pm
Best Time to visit: spring & autumn
Time for visiting: 1-2 days

How to get to Emeishan Mountain from Chengdu?
By Train
There are more than 25 high speed trains running between Chengdu and Emeishan. If you accommodate in downtown Chengdu, you can take a 1.5 hours' bullet train journey first to get to Emeishan, and then transfer from the station to Mount Emei by a local bus.

By Car
You can rent a car or taxi from Chengdu to Emeishan Mountain. Emeishan Mountain ia around 180km away from Chengdu, charge by meters. Our Chengdu Private Tour provides car rental service, E:chinaprivatetours@gmail for the details.

By Bus
Normally, take a bus is quite convenient to get to Emei from Chengdu, You can take bus at Xin Nan Men Bus Station(新南门汽车站) in Chengdu, where have buses heading to Emeishan City every day. Departs every 30 minutes from 6:40 to 19:20. The first bus departs at 06:40 and last bus departs at 19: 20. The journey will only need 2.5 hours and the ticket fare is about CNY 41.

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Mosted Asked Questions about Emei Shan Mountain (Mt. Emei)

What is the price of the tickets for Emeishan Mountain?

Admission: 160 yuan / person
Sightseeing bus: Zero highway to Leidongping 50 / person
Cableway: up 65 / person down 55 / person


Where is Emeishan Mountain?

Mount Emei stands in the southwest of Sichuan Basin, 7 kilometers southwest of Emeishan City and 37 kilometers east of Leshan City. It is one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China. The main peak, wanfoding, is 3099 meters above sea level.

How to get to Emeishan Mountain from Chengdu?

By Train: There are more than 25 high speed trains running between Chengdu and Emeishan. If you accommodate in downtown Chengdu, you can take a 1.5 hours' bullet train journey first to get to Emeishan, and then transfer from the station to Mount Emei by a local bus.

By Car
You can rent a car or taxi from Chengdu to Emeishan Mountain. Emeishan Mountain ia around 180km away from Chengdu, charge by meters. Our Chengdu Private Tour provides car rental service, E:chinaprivatetours@gmail for the details.

By Bus
Normally, take a bus is quite convenient to get to Emei from Chengdu, You can take bus at Xin Nan Men Bus Station(新南门汽车站) in Chengdu, where have buses heading to Emeishan City every day. Departs every 30 minutes from 6:40 to 19:20. The first bus departs at 06:40 and last bus departs at 19: 20. The journey will only need 2.5 hours and the ticket fare is about CNY 41.

What to see in Emeihan Mountain?

As a sacred mountain
Mount Emei is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, and is traditionally regarded as the bodhima, or place of enlightenment, of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Samantabhadra is known in Mandarin as Puxian bodhisattva (普賢菩薩). Sources of the 16th and 17th centuries allude to the practice of martial arts in the monasteries of Mount Emei made the earliest extant reference to the Shaolin Monastery as Chinese boxing's place of origin.

Buddhist Architecture on Emeishan Mountain
This is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China in the 1st century CE. The site has seventy-six Buddhist monasteries of the Ming and Qing period, most of them located near the mountain top. The monasteries demonstrate a flexible architectural style that adapts to the landscape. Some, such as the halls of Baoguosi, are built on terraces of varying levels, while others, including the structures of Leiyinsi, are on raised stilts. Here the fixed plans of Buddhist monasteries of earlier periods were modified or ignored in order to make full use of the natural scenery. The buildings of Qingyinge are laid out in an irregular plot on the narrow piece of land between the Black Dragon River and the White Dragon River. The site is large and the winding foot path is 50 km (31 mi), taking several days to walk.

Sunrise and Clouds Sea
Great spectacles of Mount Emei include the sunrise and Clouds Sea seen from the Golden Summit of the mountain. The sunrise is very varied, but optimally begins with the ground and sky being in the same dark purple, soon showing rosy clouds, followed by a bright purple arc and then a semicircle where the sun is coming up.

The Clouds Sea includes several cloud phenomena, e.g. clouds appearing in the sky above, in addition to the regular clouds beneath.

Where to stay on Emeishan Montain?

Most tourists will want to see the sunrise when they come to Emeishan Mountain. Here are listed some hotels on the top of the mountain for your reference:

Hongzhushan Hotel (5 stars)
Address: Beside Baoguo Temple, Emeishan 峨眉山报国寺旁
Service: wifi, luggage storage, 24-hour reception, swimming pool, tea, coffee, bar, restaurant, spa, laundry, hot spring, etc.

Xinlongmen Boutique Hotel (3 stars)
Address: Near Leidongping Parking Lot 近峨眉山雷洞坪停车场
Service: free wifi, luggage storage, heating, hot water, restaurant, etc.

Golden Summit Hotel (4 stars)
Distance to Golden Summit: about 200m
Service: There are two buildings of Golden Summit Hotel. Yuexia building has better facilities such as free wifi, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, hot water, heating, etc. with best view, while Woyun building is less equipped to meet the basic demands.

When is the best time visit Emeishan Mountain?

Generally speaking, all the year round is a good time to visit Mount Emei, but since June to September is the peak tourist season in China, it will be very crowded. Therefore, we recommend that you go to Emeishan Mountain in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). If you like skiing and watching snow scenery, winter is also a very good season, but pay attention to keep warm.

How to get to Emeishan Mountain from Leshan?

By Train: Taking a fast train or high-speed train is undoubtedly one of the best ways to get to Emeishan Mountain from Leshan, which takes only 20 minutes on average. There are 8 fast trains and high-speed train between Leshan and Emei every day. The earliest train is C6251, which departs at 08:59 a.m. and arrived at Mount Emei at 09:14. The latest train is C6261, which departs at 20:44 and arrives at 20:59.

By Car: It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Leshan to Emeishan Mountain, about 30 kilometers in total. You can choose to take a taxi or choose our car rental service.

It is possible to have a day tour in Emeishan mountain and Leshan Giant Buddha?

According to our years of experience, it is possible to visit Mt. Emei and Leshan Buddha in one day, depending on your departure time and location. If you choose to start from Chengdu, you may be in a hurry, which will greatly reduce your travel experience. If you choose to start from the foot of Mount Emei, it is possible. But usually we recommend that you spend two days.

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