■ About Emeishan
Located southwest of Sichuan Province, Emeishan City, which shares a same name (峨眉山) with the famous Emeishan Mountain (Emei Mountain or Mount Emei) in Mandarin Chinese, is situated 130 kilometers southwest of the capital city of Chengdu. The Emei Mountain situated in the Emeishan City is renowned for its rank as the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China (3,099 metres high) and its nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Leshan Giant Buddha since 1996. Travelers looking for some marvelous hikes will just be satisfied with the landscapes displayed there especially during the sunrise and clouds sea sightseeing, available from the Golden Summit of the mountain. Home to many Tibetan macaques (monkeys), the scenery in Emei Mountain is just a delight that everyone will enjoy during the climbing. More than a sacred place, Emeishan is also a pure natural beauty attracting hordes of pilgrims and tourists every day. While facing the Emeishan, travelers are impressed by the 76 Buddhist Monasteries located throughout the paths and strangely adapting their architecture to the landscape. On foot or taking cable cars, climbing the Emei Mountain is a worth visiting highlight of the Sichuan Province that will let travelers walk on the definitely most famous sacred mountain of China!
■ About Tourism
Golden Summit (金顶)
With an altitude of 3079 m, Golden Summit is the second highest peak of Mount Emei and the highest part that tourists can get to. It’s the symbol and essence of Mount Emei. On the summit, there is a bronze hall. When the sun shines on the bronze hall, its brightness dazzles the eyes just like the golden light, thus it is called Golden Summit. Stand on the Golden Summit and look afar, Chengdu Plain, Ming River, Qingyi River, Dadu River, Gongga Mountain and Wawu Mountain are all in view.The Golden Buddha on the summit is the tallest Samantabhadra (Puxian Buddha) golden statue in the world.
The statue is 48 m high and weighs 660 metric tons. It’s a gilded bronze statue which is designed by famous designer Li Zuyuan in Taiwan. The statue has ten heads facing ten different directions in three layers, which symbolizes those Buddhas in previous, present, future life and ten practices and wishes of Puxian Buddha.In the Golden Summit, travelers can also see the four wonders of Mount Emei: the Sunrise, Cloud Sea, Buddha’s Halo and Holy Light.
Leidongping is located at Lianwang Slope, with an altitude of 2430 m. The snow here can last for a long time and the slope is also very suitable for skiing, thus, a ski resort has been opened nearby. The way from Leidongping to Jieyin Hall is covered with alpine azaleas. Early summer is the most beautiful time for the azaleas while bright purples and reds cover the ground during this time.
There is an azalea tree which is 13 m high with a diameter of 2.7 m. The tree is over 450 years old and it’s definitely the “Queen of Azalea”. Leidong Smoke Cloud is a meteorological phenomenon in the high and cold zone of Mount Emei. After a night’s rainfall, the smoke cloud will rise from the forests and sway with the wind, which forms a stunning and changeable scenery.
Wannian Temple is also one of the top eight temples in Mount Emei and it’s the largest one. Located 15 km from Baoguo Temple and with an altitude of 1020 m, it is first built in Eastern Jin Dynasty (A.D. 317 ~ 420). Wannian Temple is featured for worshiping the bronze statue of Samantabhadra. It has many Buddhist halls. Apart from the halls, there are gardens, pavilions and ponds. One of the highlights of Wannian Temple is the Brick Hall, which was built with bricks and no beams are used in the construction. The Brick Hall has survived 18 earthquakes over the past 400 years, and it’s one of the construction miracles in China.
Mount Emei has the largest Ecological Monkey Zone in China. There are about 1000 monkeys mainly distributed in the area between 800 meters and 2400 meters above sea level. You are most likely to encounter them near Hongchunping, Xixiangchi, Yixiantian, etc. Monkeys here are used to tourists. They will jump from one tree to another at ease and may grab the food from your hands. So if you are not intended to feed them or are afraid of them, don’t take any food on your hands and make sure your bag is zipped up. But if you are ok with the monkeys, here is the place you can have a lot of fun with them.