Mt.Emei Located in Emei Shan...
Mt.Emei Located in Emei Shan City,Sichuan Province China. Its main summit is Golden Summit. It's highest peak,Wanfo Summit,is 3099 metres above the sea level. Mt.Emei is only 30 kilometers from Leshan Giant Buddha, the world's biggest and most ancient stone sculpture of the buddha. Mt.Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha was inscribed the World Natural and Cultural Heritage List in 1996. Mt.Emei is the famous national park with the century-old history of China. Unique geographical and climatically conditions endow Mt.Emei with an unrivalled vegetation and countlessornamental plans.Three peaks of Mt.Emei direct to wards to the blue sky. Standing on Golden Summit,visitors can view the Sunrise,the Sea of Clouds,the Buddhist Divine and the Saints ' Light. When you enjoy the snow-clad mountains and trees like silver world in the Winter,the azaleas flowers are in full bloom like the sea of flowers in the Summer. In Autumn,the Mountains are covered with red autumnal leaf. the Beautiful scenery shall make you enjoy yourself so much as to forget to go home. Mt.Emei known as'Kingdom of the Buddhist famous mountains in China. It has been known as the place of Buddhist Rites of Smantabhadra. There are 30 temples in scenic area.In the center of the Wannian Temple is a huge bronze statue of Samantabhadra mounted on a white elephant. It weighs 62-ton. the bronze statue of Samantabhadra and Feilai Hall are listed in the state protection. Mt.Emei has currently 164 historical and cultural sites and 7000 relics and vestiges, among which 850 are under the state protection. Emei school of martial arts has developed in China and is still poplar today. Mt.Emei known as 'Kingdom of plants','Geological Museum','Animal paradise' and 'Buddhist celestial Mountain', particularly famous for the 'the No.1 Elegance of Mt.Emei under the Sun'. It is the tourist attraction for sightseeing,worship,holiday,leisure and scientific research. It has convenient communications. The Chengdu-Kunming railway line and the express way run through the city. It's 120 kilometers away from Chengdu, and 30 kilometers from Leshan Giant Buddha.
PANDAS PANDAS PANDAS!!!!
Undoubtedly the cutest of all bears and the most interesting to watch!!!! They were adorable, especially the panda cubs playing around with eachother! I took goodness knows HOW many photos on my normal camera, and Charles took another 30 or so on his digital, so i'll soon have many many panda pictures up on this page! And I promise you, you won't get bored of them..every one of them is slightly different!
The Panda Breeding Reserve is only 10km from Chengdu City Centre. Sam from 'Sam's Guesthouse' offers a tour out there, well the bus ride actually, but it's really not worth doing it with him. Its more expensive and not necessary. His bus leaves at 730am, we left at 8am (an extra half hour sleep makes all the difference!!!). He charges 70yuan for the return trip and then you have to pay the 30yuan entrance fee on top of that. By going on your own, you can get bus #1 from the hostel to the bus station on Erhuan Bei Lu and then bus #9 to the last stop. From there you get a pedicab to the reserve which should cost no more than 10yuan. If there are four of you, a taxi is the easiest thing to take. 30yuan one way, meaning you save around 50yuan each person! We were there for about 3.5hrs and then bought some cute panda teddy bears from the stalls outside as they were far cheaper than the ones inside!
The Spiritual Mountain of Mt Emei
We'd planned to climb Mt Emei but due to the very wet weather it was advised that we should not attempt this and as we were approx 500kms from where the earthquake hit China in April - it seemed like the Country was on high alert with army trucks everywhere.
Day 1 arrived in the evening, dinner, rest
Day 2 Panda research center; looked for transportation to Jiu Zhai Gou; grocery shopping at Carrfour
Day 3 Travel to Jiuzhaigou
Day 4 Jiuzhaigou - Mirror Lake, Arrow Lake, Panda Lake, Five Flower Lake, Pearl Shaol Waterfalls, Nuorilang Waterfall, Rhinoceros Lake, Shuzheng Waterfall
Day 5 Jiuzhaigou - Long Lake, Multi-coloured pool, Zechawa Stockade, Shuzheng Village, Reed Lake; travel to Songpan
Day 6 Huanglong
Day 7 Travel back to Chengdu, stopped at Dujianyan
Day 8 People's Park, Wuhou Temple
Day 9 Dufu's Thatched Cottage
Day 10 Travel to Chongqing