What is Emei Mountain?
Located in Southwest Sichuan, Emei Mountian was declared a World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO. It is a pilgrim site for Buddhism believers, offering the scale-largest metal building complex across the world with 28 temples around the mountain. In addition, it is home to a variety of plants and wildlife.
- Chinese Name: Emeishan (峨眉山)
- Area: 154 square kilometers
- Things to do there: Photography, Culture of Chinese Buddhism, Hiking
- Who visits: Photographers, Culture of Chinese Buddhism Learners, Adventure Enthusiasts
- Time required: 1 – 2 Days
Situated Southwest Sichuan, Emei Mountain is some 160 kilometers from Chengdu and 34 kilometers from Leshan. The tallest peak – the Ten-thousand Buddhas Peak (万佛顶) is 3,099 meters above sea level. With the different elevation on the mountain, you can enjoy the landscape during four seasons.
Upon arriving at the scenic area, you will visit Baoguo Temple which is the largest temple among the 28 temples around the area at first.
The temple was originally built in 1615 in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) but unfortunately was destroyed by fire at the end of the Ming Dynasty. With four halls and several pavilions, the existing temple was rebuilt by the Zen Master of Wenda (闻达禅师) in 1654.
Visitors can explore the gold statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva at Golden Summit. The statue is 48 meters tall. You also can visit Xianfeng Temple, Wannian Temple, Leiyin Temple, etc.
Apart from the buildings, visitors will find hundreds of rare plants and wildlife in the scenic area. Up to 1,600 species of medicinal plants and more than 3,000 species of higher plants grow well there. The mountain has been a settlement to thousands of animals, such as red pandas, pernis, besra, Silver Pheasant, Spotted Forktail, etc.
If you are planning to visit Emei Mountain for photography purposes, the best time to visit is during sunset and sunrise on sunny days.
The best months to visit are July, August, November and December as during these months, there are many sunny days which are good for photographing the sunrise, clouds, and the sunset
- Rent a vehicle from Chengdu, Leshan or Meishan City. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take a flight to the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (成都双流国际机场). Then, take a taxi to the Emei Mountain. It takes about a 90 minutes drive from the airport to the mountain.
- There are 18 trains from Chengdu to Emei City. Take one train from Chengdu to Emei City. Then, transfer to Bus 5 or Bus 7 to the mountain directly.
- Opening hours: 24 hours (the mountain area); 20 minutes prior to the sunrise – 18:00 (the cable car of the Golden Summit); 06:50 – 18:00 (the cable car of the Wannian Temple).
- As at 7th October 2020, the admission to Emei Mountain Scenic Area(January 16 – December 14) is 185 CNY per person ; the admission to Emei Mountain Scenic Area (December 15 – January 15: 110 CNY) is per person; Admission to the shuttle bus (round trip around the Emei Mountain) around the Emei Mountain is 90 CNY per person; Admission to the Wannian Temple is 10 CNY per person; Admission to the Fuhu Temple is 6 CNY per person.
- Between November 1 and April 25, admission to the uphill cable car of the Golden Summit is 65 CNY per person; Admission to the downhill cable car of the Golden Summit is 55 CNY per person; Admission to the uphill cable car of the Wannian Temple is 65 CNY per person; Admission to the downhill cable car of the Wannian Temple is 45 CNY per person.
- Between April 26 and October 30, Admission to the uphill cable car of the Golden Summit is 30 CNY per person; Admission to the downhill cable car of the Golden Summit is 20 CNY per person; Admission to the uphill cable car of the Wannian Temple is 30 CNY per person; Admission to the downhill cable car of the Wannian Temple is 20 CNY per person.
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- Please take enough clothes to keep warm if you would like to climb up to the top of the mountain.
- Please take an umbrella with you as it sometimes rains on the top of the mountain.