Mountain Emei (峨嵋山 Éméi-shān)
Mountain Emei (峨嵋山 Éméi-shān) is a sacred Buddhist mountain in the southern part of Sichuan, China.
About Mountain Emai
Mt. Emei stands at 3099 meters, and is associated with Puxian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra) - a representation of 'Great Practice' and 'Great Virtue'. Ever since Buddhism arrived in China, it has been an important center of refuge, and the mountain contains more than one hundred temples and monasteries. The mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to Get to Mountain Emai
Mt. Emei is 150 kilometers south of Chengdu, 130 kilometers from the Shuangliu International Airport and 28 kilometers from Leshan city. There are regular overnight trains between Emei Shan and Kunming as well as buses to/from Chengdu (Xinnanmen Bus Station).
Get around in the Mountain Emai
Maps are available at the mountain, and visitors are free to travel around and enter the monasteries. The mountain is big, but the monasteries offer cheap accommodation (10Y to 50Y per person). To comfortably see the whole mountain, you'll need at least three days, though it can be covered quickly in a day. The more interesting spots are the secluded ones away from the tourist areas. Entry to the mountain costs 120Y per day. Your photo is imprinted on your ticket to prevent fraud. If you wish to save your knees you can take a bus almost to the top and a cable car to the summit. Restaurants are located at convenient intervals so there is little need to carry food. If you do, be aware of the theiving monkeys.
- Wan-nian Monastery - a large monastery with a fantastic statue of Puxian Bodhisattva, who is depicted as riding a white elephant with six tusks. The monks there are great, a little scary perhaps, but they add a good deal to the ambience of the mountain.
- Leiyin Monastery and some of the others temples tucked away in the seams of the mountain are worthy of exploring.
Where to Stay
The best places to stay are the monasteries. Again, you can find regular hotels close to the tourist spots that are inexpensive. Baoguo Village is the closest place to the foot of the mountain. Here you'll find the popular Teddy Bear Cafe & Hotel. They will hold your luggage until you return. Note that accommodation at monasteries closest to tourist spots tends to be more expensive. Bathrooms tend to be primitive and not for the faint-hearted.
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