Emeishan Travel Guide

Mount Emei Travel Guide and Tours

Emeishan, or Mount Emei, is located in the southwestern Sichuan Basin, about 120km(2.5 hours’ driving) away from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, 7km to Emeishan City, and 37km from its famous neighbor destinations Leshan. Emeishan plays a very important role in Chinese Buddhism, which make it be ranked as one of “Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.”(Another three are Wutaishan, Putuoshan, Jiuhuangshan). Emeishan, together with Leshan Giant Buddha, were ranked as UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage Site in 1996.

Mount Emei Travel and Tours

Golden Summit on the Top of Mount Emei

Buddhist temples and towers

As one of the most influential Buddhist sites in China, Emeishan is the sacred mountain with long-lasting Buddhism tradition and history. It is regarded as the bodhima??a, or place of enlightenment, of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Samantabhadra is known in Mandarin as Puxian Pusa. The most outstanding Buddhist building is the gilded statue of Samantabhadra on the Golden Summit which is 48 meters high. There are more than 30 monasteries located from the foot to the top of Emeishan. Baoguosi Monastery, Fuhusi Monastery, Wanniansi Monastery and Huazangsi are four most influential ones.

Natural sightseeing

Emeishan is also famous for pretty landscape. From the foot of mountain to the top, you can see different kinds of natural views – rivers, lakes, mountains, wild forests, cloud sea, flowers… and in different seasons you experience different features. Spring is a good time to see the azaleas blooming everywhere. While in summer, Emeishan is a great place for cool stay. Autumn is the most beautiful season when the mountain is dressed by different colors of trees, and the weather is also the best. Winter is the off season when there is fewer tourists and the price for hotel and food are relatively cheaper.

Wonderful hiking

Hiking is the best way to experience both the essence of culture and nature. There are stone-step path starting from the foot of mountain to the top. It takes more than one day to hike the entire route, and you don’t have to. You are suggested take some classic parts. Generally, there are two classic routes. One is from Qingyinge to the top. Another is from Wanniansi to the top. The former route goes about 49km, and the latter route goes about 29km.

The highest apex on Emeishan is a Buddhist tower – Wanfong Ding which has an elevation of 3099 meters. But now this site is not open for tourists because of caused environmental problems by the construction of brief rail from Golden Summit to Wanfong Ding.

Recommended Length of Visit:

- 1~2 days

Ticket Fees:

- Peak season(Jan 16th to Dec 14th) – 185 RMB; Off season(Dec 15th to Jan 15th ) – 110 RMB
- Wanniansi Temple – 10 RMB; Baoguosi – 8 RMB

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    Buddhist Culture Exploration

    Emeishan Mountain is one of Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. It is the ashram of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Buddhism. If you are a Buddhism believer, you must come to pilgrimage here. If you are just interested in Buddhist culture, this mountain is the best because it has more than 18 monasteries on the mountain.

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    Walking and Trekking

    Mount Emei has more than 60 kilometers' stone-paved walking paths from the mountain foot to the mountain top - Golden Summit, which is ideal place to have a leisure walking and also enjoy beautiful mountain views. It usually need two days to hike from the mountain foot to the top.

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    Winter Ski

    Emeishan Ski Resort has run for than 20 years. It is located near to Leidongping Parking Lot. Every year from October to March is the best time for skiing. Gears for skiing, such as skis, ski boots, ski pole, ski suit, are offered in the resort.

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    Hotspring

    Mount Emei is a very good place to enjoy a natural hotspring which flows from 2000 meters beneath the ground. The mineral substances contained in the spring are very good for health, such as metaboric acid, metasilicic acid, hydrogen sulfide, strontium, etc. The hotspring resorts and hotels locate near to Baoguosi Temple.

How to Get to & around Emeishan Mountain

Emeishan Mountain is located in southern Sichuan Province, about 150 kilometers from central Chengdu, and about 120km from Chengdu Shuangliu Inernational Airport. Currently,driving and trains are two only available ways to get to Emeishan Mountain. The city Emeishan has no airport but two train stations.

Bullet Train to Emeishan

Emeishan Mountian can be arrived by fast bullet trains from many cities in Sichuan, including Chengdu, Leshan, Mianyang, Meishan, Pengzhou, etc. The most popular rail line is Chengdu - Emeishan, which takes less 1.5 hours to transfer between Emeishan and Chengdu. You can take a bullet train from Chengdu East Railway Station, Chengdu South Railway Station or Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The price is around RMB 65~150 per ticket. There are also regular train schedules from Chengdu North Railway Station to Emeishan Train Station in Emeishan city(10 km to Mount Emei) taking about two and a half hours.

Driving and Taking Bus to Emeishan Mountain

The driving distance from Chengdu to the foot of Emeishan Mountain is around 150km. The road condition is pretty good, but there may be traffic jams during holidays and weekend days. For independent travelers, you can take buses from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station which usually run buses to Emeishan every hour from early morning to late afternoon.

Emeishan Mountain Travel Tips

No matter you travel as a backpacker or travel with a local travel agency, you should do some homework before your trip - learn about the transportation, weather, food, hotels. Following are essential tips on planning a trip to Emeishan Mountain. We would be happy to help you if you have any question.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and autumn are two best seasons to visit Emeishan when you can enjoy stunning scenery and pleasant weather. April and May are the blooming time for flowers. It rains a lot from June to August. During September, you can see beautiful red leaves cover the whole mountain. November to February is winter holiday for snow activities and sightseeing.

Accommodation

Hotels at the mountain foot or on the mountain? That's you what you must be very clear about when you booking the hotels for your Emei tour. The mountain foot areas, including Baoguosi, Wuxiangang, has many hotels of different standards. While the mountain top areas, including Leidongping and Golden Summit, has fewer hotels to choose. And the prices are very expensive during peak seasons.

Food and Drinking

Only Chinese food, mostly Sichuan dishes, is offered on Emeishan Mountain. There are some Chinese restaurants at the area of Leidongping. If you choose to hike to the top from the mountain hill, you'd better prepare some food, drinks and snacks with you because there is no any real restaurants on the road except for some stalls.

High Altitude

The highest location on the Emeishan Mountain is the Wanfoding Tower (3,099m). The altitude for Golden Summit is around 3077 meters. The altitudes for major attractions on the Emeishan Mountain are - Leidongping(2430m), Xixiangchi(2070m), Xianfeng Temple(1725m), Wannian Temple(1020m), Baoguosi(533m), Qingyin Pavillion(710m). It raises up about 2500 meters from the mountain foot to the top.

Wearing Ideas

Wear for seasons. In summer days, you can wear casually but has to cover a warm coat for morning and night. There is a big temperature gap between daytime and night. If you want to travel during autumn and winter, thick clothes, pants, hats are all needed. Walking shoes are very suggested.

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Emeishan Mountain is located in southern Sichuan Province, about 150 kilometers from central Chengdu, and about 120km from Chengdu Shuangliu Inernational Airport. Currently,driving and trains are two only available ways to get to Emeishan Mountain. The city Emeishan has no airport but two train stations.

Latest Budget Emeishan Mountain Tours for 2017

What is the best way to travel to Emeishan Mountain? It depends on your days, budget and travel style. If you just want to visit the most famous sights, such as Wannian Temple, Golden Summit, etc., you only need a day - taking park bus to the top, then hike or take cable car to Golden Summit. Get back to mountain foot area to visit Wannian Temple. That's a classic day tour. Well, we also recommend you take a two days' hiking tour which is very enjoyable and has many beautiful sceneries to see. Usually, travelers have to get to Emeishan from Chengdu or nearby Leshan by driving or high speed trains.

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    Emeishan Tour with Leshan Giant Buddha Visit - 2 Days from $220

    Leshan Giant Buddha and Emeishan are usually visited in a single trip not only because they are close and related to Buddhism, but also because they both are unique and magnificent place to pay a visit. This tour starts from Chengdu, and bring you to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha firstly, and then go to the top of Mount Emei to see the Buddhist sites and beautiful landscape.

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    Mount Emei Brief Hiking Tour - 2 Days from $189

    This hiking trip is specially designed for those who want to explore Mount Emei in an adventurous way. You will go to Mount Emei from Chengdu, and walk from the lower Wannian Temple to the Golden Summit in short two days with an very enjoyable pace. Many highlights are covered in this trip - hiking, scenery, Buddhist temples, cloud sea, Buddha, etc.

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    Chengdu Leshan Emeishan Classic Tour – 5 days from $510

    This is the ideal trip for those who want to get diverse things to see and experience. Take a exciting visit to Giant Panda Base. Then take a side trip to world heritage sites – Leshan Giant Buddha and Emeishan Mountain, which will astound you with incredible Buddha statues, grand temples as well as fabulous landscape on Emeishan.

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