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Mt. Emei

MT. Emei, in Sichuan province, is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Moutains of China. It extends for over a hundred kilometers and resembles the fine eyebrow of an ancient Chinese beauty from afar.


There are ten beautiful scenic spots on Emei. The sun, moon, clouds, snow, water, trees, bridges and temples in these places all compose their own unique and fantastic pictures. The more fortunate visitors can enjoy the four great wonders of Mt. Emei, which are the sunrise, the sea of clouds, the Buddha's Halo, and the sacred lamp, from the Jinding (Golden Summit), about 3,077 meters above sea level.


Mt. Emei has been designated a World Heritage Site thanks to its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders, and historical Buddhist sites. The full day's hike to the summit is an unforgettable experience undertaken by many, but minibuses and cable cars make faster alternatives for travelers short on time.


Qingyin Pavilion
Qingyin Pavilion is in the middle part of Mt. Emei. It is no exaggeration to say that the whole area of the pavilion is a fine picture with green hills and blue water. At its high point there are towering exquisite and refined pavilions. Two gloriettes stand in the middle of the region of Qingyin Pavilion. There is one stone bridge crossing on the Black Dragon River (The color of the water is dark green.) and the White Dragon River (The color of the water is ivory.) on each side of the gloriette. The two bridges are like a pair of wings, so a beautiful name was given to them: Double Flying Bridges. In the lower point, you can see the Black Dragon River on the right of the Cattle Heart Pavilion and White Dragon River on its left.
The billowing waves strike the huge stone in the green pond giving out the roaring sound time and again and echoing around the surrounding valleys and woods. The water splashing in all directions like broken pieces of crystal pearls and jade and forms a series of water drops flying in the air and then drop into the pond. How amazing it is! In the night with full moon and soft wind, all is quiet and there is only the melodious sound of water resounding in the air. Listening to the clear sound, your heart will be in a state of quietness and you will forget the existence of yourself, as if you had introjected with the nature and hovered in the universe.


Wannian Temple
The scenery in Wannian Temple is pleasant all the year around but especially in autumn.
In autumn there is heat of summer at the foot of the Mt. Emei even though snow has fallen on the top, but it is the best season to visit the Wannian Temple. Here red leaves are reflected in the water and when a breeze comes the leaves dance in the pond forming red waves glistening in the sunlight. So thrilling! Also in the Wannian Temple scenic region, there are mountain villages creating a peaceful and intoxicating picture.
Looking around beside the White Water Pond, the wind touches the mountains, wobbling the trees making a howling sound; red leaves have a dance to the wind in the air; the ripply stream water goes rightly through the temple and is crooning and echoing the wind.


Baoguo Temple
Baoguo Temple is the center of Buddhist activities in Mt. Emei. The climate here is mild and trees are verdant and serried. Visiting this temple, you can enjoy either the renowned ancient buildings and precious Buddhist cultural relics or peculiar natural attractions and rare animals and plants.
Facing the east, Baoguo Temple awaits the arrival of the rising sun in the morning and sends off the setting sun in the dusk. In front of the temple gate there is a pair of stone lions carved in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). They are lively, grand and mighty, like door guards protecting the temple as well as the Mt. Emei. A large engraved stone slab hangs above the gate with the name of the temple on it which was written by the Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

 

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Best time to visit:
The picturesque sceneries of Mt.Emei vary with each season and features in different charms: In winter and spring, the mountain and the trees are covered by white snow, forming a silver world. In summer, the azaleas are in full blooms, making up a sea of flower.  In autumn, red autumanal leaves cover the mountains. All of these beautiful sceneries will make you enjoy yourself so much as to forget to go back home.


Major scenic zones of Mt.Emei:
They are the Baoguo Temple Scenic Zone, the Qingyingge Scenic Zone, the Wannian Temple Scenic Zone, the Golden Summit Scenic Zone, the Shenhui Pavilion Scenic Zone, the Elephant Bathing Pool Scenic Zone, and the Siji Plain Scenic Zone.


Entrance fee: RMB150/p.p
How to get:
Emei town lies 6.5km east of Emei Shan and is the main transport hub for travel to and from the mountain. Bus from Chengdu's Xinnanmen bus station run every 20 mins to Emei town.


 


 

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