Emei Mountain (Emein Shan)
Explore a unique fauna and old daoist temples on short or long hikes
The UNESCO protected Mt. Emei (Emei Shan) in Sichuan Province is one of the 4 sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Emei Shan became a holy mountain because of a man named Pu Gong who one day witnessed the coming of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra to the mountain. Pu Gong was then instructed to build the “First Audience Hall” temple at the top. Emei Shan (Mt. Emei) was originally a Taoist retreat and only became a Buddhist Mountain during the 3rd century.
Hiking around Mount Emei / Emei Shan
Today, Emei Shan is visited by thousands of Tourists and Pilgrims every year and during the summer month the easy accessible paths leading to the top can get really crowded. Most people make it to the “Golden Summit” (Jin Ding) at 3’077 metres. A 1 hour walk along the mountain ridge leads to the Wanfo Peak, with 3’099 metres the highest point of Emei Shan.
The rather strenuous walk all the way from Baoguo village to the Golden Summit (Jin Ding) takes about 10 hours. Less keen hikers can take one of the frequent buses from Baoguo bus station to Wuxiangang, Wannian or Leidongping and start walking from there. There are many different paved walkways leading around and to the top of the mountain. Due to its location and altitude (over 3000m), botanists will find a unique biological diversity on the Mountain. Unfortunately, most of the original structures of the Temples and Monasteries where destroyed during time. Most of today’s 30 Monasteries have been rebuilt only recently.
For those who do not want to spend the night on the mountain can use Baoguo village as a base to explore Emei Shan. The tickets cost between 100 and a 120 Yuan depending on the season and are valid for 2 entries into the park.
Emei Shan is located a 2 hours bus ride (130km) southwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. In April 2009 Emei Shan (Mt. Emei) and the scenic Mt. Rigi near Lucerne in Switzerland signed a “Twin Mountain”- partnership program.