Mount Emei is one the most expensive tourist attractions in terms of its entrance fees in Sichuan. You will need about 500 yuan in total to visit Mount Emei. First you need to buy a 90-yuan tourist bus for your ride forth and back from Leidongping Park from the base of the mountain. On half way of the bus ride, you will need to be off the bus to buy the entrance ticket which costs 185 per adult. And this is not the end. After the walking you reach Jieyindian the cable car station where you need to pay 120 yuan to buy cable car ticket for round trip using cable car. Plus if you plan to visit Wannian Temple there will be other costs. The entrance to Wanian Temple is only 10 yuan but the cable car costs 120 yuan double way. Another option to get to Wannian Temple is by walking which takes about 2 hours while using the vable car it takes only 5 minutes. Costs of visiting Mount Emei for the entrance charges and services:
Tourist site bus ride: 90 yuan obligatory unless you are doing a hiking up to Mount Emei from Qinyin Pavilion, which still you need to pay 40 yuan for the bus ride to Wuxiangang Car Park.
Entrance Charge: 185 yuan, obligatory.
Cable Car to Golden Top: upward 65 yuan and downward 55 yuan, optional.
Cable Car to Wannian Temple: upward 60 yuan and downward 50 yuan, optional.
Entrance Charge to Wannian Temple: 10 yuan obligatory.
Entrance Charge to Baoguo Monastery: 8 yuan obligatory
Is January a good season to travel to Mount Emei? It is generally. Mount Emei is busy throughout the year. In Spring time, the weather is good and it is also the flower season so a lot of visitors come to visit Mount Emei in spring. In the summer, Mount Emei is cooler than it is in the city, plus it is school summer vacation, there are a lot of students come to do the hiking. In fall it is considered a good season to travel anywhere so it is also very busy.
Winter at Mount Emei is also busy though. At Mount Emei there is a ski resort; lots of families like to ski with kids in winter at Mount Emei. And in winter mount Emei has probably the best weather comparing the misty spring and fall and the raining summer, Mount Emei in winter actually has the most sunny days of the four seasons. To watch the sunrise is a big deal in China and Mount Emei provides perfect place to watch a sunrise in Sichuan. Snow may also be a big deal as the snow at Mount Emei presents itself as a total white land.
So please don’t be surprised to see so many people at Mount Emei if you are traveling there in January.
Winter is the shoulder season for Sichuan tourism. While people are not willing to spend their holiday watching tv shows at home. For some reason, I think winter is a great time for traveling in Sichuan. So where can you go?
Xiling Snow Mountain
Xiling Snow Mountain is only about 100 km away from Chengdu city. It is a great place for weekend holiday or a short stay. It is located in Dayi county.
It offen snows in winter, which makes Xiling Mountain a perfect place for ski. There is a Ski Resort covering more than thousands square meters about 2400 meters above sea level.
Besides the ski activities, you can also do some hiking while enjoying stunning forest views.
Emei Mountain is suitable for visiting all years around. While in winter, you will experience some thing different.
It sometimes snow in winter. So you can also take part in some ice activities. And in wither, it seems that the daytimes are always sunny while a little bit cold in early morning and late night. So please remember to pack warm clothes.
It is not very suggested hike up to the top of Emei Mountain in winter. The snow melt into water, which makes walking difficult. So you can take bus from Baoguosi to Leidongping, then take cable car to Golden Summit. The sunrise and sunset views from here are most breathtaking scenery.