Mount Emei, Chengdu

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  • Walking Mt Emei (Emei Shan)

    by fruitbatss Written Jun 13, 2012

    Recently travelled solo from Chengdu - Leshan - Baoguo/Mt Emei - Chengdu over 3 days in early Jun.
    Day 1, public bus from Chengdu (7.30am, Y 48, Xinnamen bus station) to Leshan (2hrs), visit Giant Buddha, then Leshan (4.30pm bus, Y11) to Baoguo (1hr). Dusk walk from hotel next to bus station (Teddy Bear Hotel) to waterfall/bell area at the end of the main street (5mins), then cultural walk with pink stone carvings along a stream and then onto Baoguo Temple (15mins) via the road. Don't need an entrance ticket for this area. Separate entrance fee to Baoguo Temple is Y10.
    Day 2, rain, so walked lower section of Mt Emei (hoping for better weather the next day to go to Golden Summit). At Baoguo bus station, caught 8.30am bus (Y40 return for either Wannian or Wuxiangang bus station) to Wannian bus station (25mins, steady up hill curves, good road). Walked 2 mins from bus station to ticket booth, entrance ticket Y150 (asked to use this ticket for two days, then when you go through the turnstile your photo is scanned onto your ticket). Peaceful easy up hill walk from Wannian entrance to Wannian Temple (50mins), no tour groups on this section, as they take the cable car. Avoided Wannian Temple (too many tour groups), and explored a smaller temple close by on path up from the bus station. Downhill walk from Wannian Temple to White Dragon Cave (20mins), then about 30 min walk, mostly down, to Qingyin Pavillion (this was the most crowded section of the trail, very noisy, snack stops & vendors on the path). From Qingyin Pavillion, walked up hill through nice gorges & streams to Joking Monkey Zone (20mins). Watched a small group of monkeys from the walking trail on the opposite side of the stream, as these monkeys drop from a rocky outcrop onto people below who are walking on the suspension bridge. I saw a few people need assistance at the first aid station for scratches. Walked back down the hill, from the monkey area to Qingyin Pavillion, then flat walking by the lake, and onto Wuxiangang bus station (45mins). Bus back to Baoguo bus station (good road, my bus driver was a cautious over-taker, 20mins) by 3.30pm. Good day.
    Day 3, overcast & rain (so no Golden Summit), walked up the road from Baoguo bus station to Fuhu Monastery (nunnery) (30mins). Don't need entrance ticket to visit this monastery. Entrance to Fuhu is Y6. Short backtrack to Huyu bridge, to find trail that heads uphill. Need entrance ticket here. Steep uphill steps to Leiyiu Temple (nunnery) (30mins), no tour groups on this section, peaceful, different forest to day 2, pretty, smaller streams. Then very steep uphill to Chunyang Palace (nunnery) (40mins). Retraced steps back to Baoguo (50mins). Can get a local bus #5 from a small car park near Shanjue Temple path, back to Baoguo (Y1.5, 10mins). Bus back to Chengdu from Baoguo at 2pm (Y50, 3hrs).
    Very easy to do this trip solo, walking trails on Mt Emei are well signposted, and always people around. Bring snack supplies, as no supermarket in Baoguo, and small items are at least double the price in Chengdu (eg iced lemon tea Y6, an apple Y6).

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking

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  • Walking Mt Emei (Emei Shan)

    by fruitbatss Updated Jun 13, 2012

    Recently travelled solo from Chengdu - Leshan - Baoguo/Mt Emei - Chengdu over 3 days in early Jun.
    Day 1, public bus from Chengdu (7.30am, Y 48, Xinnamen bus station) to Leshan (2hrs), visit Giant Buddha, then Leshan (4.30pm bus, Y11) to Baoguo (1hr). Dusk walk from hotel next to bus station (Teddy Bear Hotel) to waterfall/bell area at the end of the main street (5mins), then cultural walk with pink stone carvings along a stream and then onto Baoguo Temple (15mins) via the road. Don't need an entrance ticket for this area. Separate entrance fee to Baoguo Temple is Y10.
    Day 2, rain, so walked lower section of Mt Emei (hoping for better weather the next day to go to Golden Summit). At Baoguo bus station, caught 8.30am bus (Y40 return for either Wannian or Wuxiangang bus station) to Wannian bus station (25mins, steady up hill curves, good road). Walked 2 mins from bus station to ticket booth, entrance ticket Y150 (asked to use this ticket for two days, then when you go through the turnstile your photo is scanned onto your ticket). Peaceful easy up hill walk from Wannian entrance to Wannian Temple (50mins), no tour groups on this section, as they take the cable car. Avoided Wannian Temple (too many tour groups), and explored a smaller temple close by on path up from the bus station. Downhill walk from Wannian Temple to White Dragon Cave (20mins), then about 30 min walk, mostly down, to Qingyin Pavillion (this was the most crowded section of the trail, very noisy, snack stops & vendors on the path). From Qingyin Pavillion, walked up hill through nice gorges & streams to Joking Monkey Zone (20mins). Watched a small group of monkeys from the walking trail on the opposite side of the stream, as these monkeys drop from a rocky outcrop onto people below who are walking on the suspension bridge. I saw a few people need assistance at the first aid station for scratches. Walked back down the hill, from the monkey area to Qingyin Pavillion, then flat walking by the lake, and onto Wuxiangang bus station (45mins). Bus back to Baoguo bus station (good road, my bus driver was a cautious over-taker, 20mins) by 3.30pm. Good day.
    Day 3, overcast & rain (so no Golden Summit), walked up the road from Baoguo bus station to Fuhu Monastery (nunnery) (30mins). Don't need entrance ticket to visit this monastery. Entrance to Fuhu is Y6. Short backtrack to Huyu bridge, to find trail that heads uphill. Need entrance ticket here. Steep uphill steps to Leiyiu Temple (nunnery) (30mins), no tour groups on this section, peaceful, different forest to day 2, pretty, smaller streams. Then very steep uphill to Chunyang Palace (nunnery) (40mins). Retraced steps back to Baoguo (50mins). Can get a local bus #5 from a small car park near Shanjue Temple path, back to Baoguo (Y1.5, 10mins). Bus back to Chengdu from Baoguo at 2pm (Y50, 3hrs).
    Very easy to do this trip solo, walking trails on Mt Emei are well signposted, and always people around. Bring snack supplies, as no supermarket in Baoguo, and small items are at least double the price in Chengdu (eg iced lemon tea Y6, an apple Y6).

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Historical Travel

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    Base of Mt Emei

    by Green_Frog Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    There's also a section at the base of Mt Emei depicting the legend of Kung Fu where it is said this martial arts originated from the monks of Mt Emei - the monastery is still a major reason for visiting Mt Emei and known as the 'spiritual mountain'. You can stay with the monks in the monastery up on the mountain for a small fee.

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    Base of Mt Emei

    by Green_Frog Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    At the base of the mountain, there were many sculptures carved into the red rock - they were really beautiful and there's walkways leading to more sculptures, chinese architecture and museums with beautiful tales - it felt like a prehistoric dig at times within this museum. We didn't pay and are unsure whether you had to or not but noone asked us to we just visited.

    It is believed that the legend of Kung Fu created by the monks was born out of Mt Emei and there's Kung Fu statues along the walkway to view.

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    Mt Emei

    by Green_Frog Written Dec 26, 2010

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    Mt Emei is really a charming little town - a main entrance with one main drag really where vehicles go up and down to the mountain's entrance. The main street is filled with lanterns and it is so lovely in the evenings when it's all lit up. The spa is located on the main street also - all within easy walking distance and the hostels/hotels are all in the side streets where little to no traffic enters just motorbikes!!

    There's not a whole lot to do there except for the mountain climb which we had to cancel due to the very wet weather and the spas - but you need time for all these activities.

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    The Spiritual Mountain of Mt Emei

    by Green_Frog Written Dec 26, 2010

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    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.

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    The Golden Summit of Mt Emei

    by aukahkay Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Located south of Chengdu is Mt Emei, a UNESCO world natural and cultural heritage site and one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains. The mountains are frequently covered by layers of cloud which disperse in all directions when the wind blows and the mountains appear like small islands floating in an ocean of clouds. Mt. Emei is a place rich in Buddhist heritage, which has made it an influential sacred place in China. There are exquisite statues of Buddha made of clay, wood, jade, bronze and porcelain.
    The mysterious charm of Mt Emei is best appreciated at the Golden Summit (Jinding). At an altitude of 3077m, the view is spectacular with the ever changing cloud formation blending with the verdent greenery of the mountains as Buddhist temples emit incense and religious chants.

    Me and my parents at Jinding (Golden Summit) Jinding (Golden Summit) at 3077m Jinding (Golden Summit) Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple at Jinding
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    Mount Emei

    by akikonomu Written Jan 2, 2004

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    You can hike, experience a meterological woner (if you're really lucky), and visit temples all situated within Mt E-mei. See Mt Emei travelogue for the "wonder".

    This is usually part of package tours to Chengdu, and can be covered within one full day.

    Ticket depicting yunhai
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    The Spiritual Mountain of Mt Emei

    by Green_Frog Written Dec 26, 2010

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    So instead we visited the museum at the base of Mt Emei - this was free entry - or if not noone asked us for payment - it was very interesting and all in Chinese but beautiful nonetheless.

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