Emeishan 峨嵋山 Travel Guide
Emeishan is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China and now a UNESCO world heritage site and is 150km south of Chengdu. The mountain is 3,099m high so warm clothing is needed year round. It is studded with temples and criss-crossed with tracks and if you have clear weather the views from the temples can be enchanting. It is possible to see Emeishan in a day but longer is preferable as the most serene spots are also the ones off the beaten track.
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Best Reason to Visit Emeishan
As with many of China’s sacred mountains it is the mix of scenery and temples which makes the experience so worthwhile and, if the weather allows the combination of the two, it is unforgettable.
Top Attractions in Emeishan
Wan-nian Monastery is a large monastery full of friendly monks with a fantastic statue of the Puxian Bodhisattva, who is depicted as riding a white elephant with six tusks. Leiyin Monastery is hidden away in the mountain’s valleys but well worth finding. Baoguo Si temple contains a huge bronze bell that they say can be heard 10 miles away when rung. Jin Ding Si temple near the summit offers fantastic views on a clear day, especially if you are above the clouds.
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Our Top Emeishan Travel Tip
Emeishan is a popular stop for those visiting Sichuan and is often visited in conjunction with Leshan. We think it is an essential stop on any tour of Sichuan province.
Hand Picked Emeishan Hotel
As the only place to you would want to overnight is up on the summit options are extremely limited – in fact, currently there is only one hotel to consider and that is the Jing Ding Grand. However, don’t come here expecting comfort. Fortunately, if the weather Gods are on your side the sunrise should make up for that.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.