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“A mythological mountain....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Emei (Emeishan)

Mount Emei (Emeishan)
Emeishan 614201, China
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Owner description: A scenic mountain area houses important Buddhist temples.
Penang
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“A mythological mountain....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

It's such a special feeling to visit the Emeishan if you are exposed to the Chinese soap opera especially those that tells the story of the ancient kungfu tribes. Emei tribe was one of them. The place does present itself in such an 'ancient' feeling that I am looking for and apart from it, it really got a breathtaking scenery that will fascinate you. Sea of clouds beneath you as you look across the horizon. A 'must visit' place if you happen to be in Sichuan.

Visited January 2012
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“Beautful Mountain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Mount Emei or Emeishan is one of the few Buddhist mountain in China. To get to the top peak, travellers must take a shuttle bus from the visitor centre to the top carpark and thereafter, you will have to continue on foot to the cable car station. On the way, you can see street vendors selling souvenirs, food etc. Beware of monkeys as they are the most notorious robbers in Mount Emei. They snatch all plastic bags and even those recycle bags u brought along. We went in mid-novemeber which is the start of the winter season and the weather is quite cold. You can see frost on the trees on the top peak. You can rent a winter jacket if you did not bring along one.

Visited November 2012
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“Naturally Beautiful Mountain and Rain Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Mount Emeishan is both a mountain and a rain forest region that is very beautiful and picturesque (see photos). We arrived by car at the base of the mountain and the Mount Emeishan visitor center. From there, we took a shuttle bus to a sky tram terminal which took us to a point high up on the mountain where we got off to begin the long hike back down. There is not much to see from the sky tram other than the tree tops and fog covered mountains. However, the hike down the mountain is definitely worth the labor - great scenery with many photo opportunities! The hike down is long but the trail is very well paved all the way down. Along the way you pass by some villages just above the trail that you can explore at your leisure. Also, there were a number of trail-side vendors selling food items that are grown on the mountain-side.
We found that this hike down Mount Emeishan relaxing, beautiful, and interesting and would recommend this place for anyone who enjoys hiking especially with such natural beauty.
We came on October 16 and the weather was perfect - light sprinkles of rain and cool weather - a light rain jacket is all that was needed.

Visited October 2012
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“Very beautiful mountain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

It is a beautiful mountain and there are some beautiful temples. We aarted walking from the baoquo temple, it was very quiet there. we stayed overnight near the wannian bus station. We planned to stay at a temple but a lady who we thought was also walking to the top kind of tricked us and we ended up at her guesthouse when it was getting dark (and we payed for her lunch because we thought it was such a nice lady... how naive are we...). You need at least three full days to climb all the way to the top but it is very nice to do so. I got sick and had to go back down but took a bus to the top. The busses are expensive 100 yuan return ticket all the way up. The top is very crowded (at least it was when i was there). Seeing the monkeys drinking out of plastic bottles and opening plastic candy rapers is just sad.
Tips:
-avoid the weekends and chinese holidays
-make sure you ahve a good map and plan your route before you go (so nobody can trick you
-try walking as much as possible, this is the way to see the most beautiful view, nature and more authentic monastaries
-bring some drink and snacks, snacks are very expensive on the mountain
-Keep in mind it is all steps no hiking trails so weak knees should stay of walking all the way

Visited November 2012
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“Hiking Emei Shan: Do it the hard way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

We did a two day hike starting at Wuxiangang bus station and ending up at the Golden Summit. The first day we worked our way from the Wuxiangang entrance through the monkey reserve up to the 'Elephant Bathing Pool' Monastery. We stayed the night there in one of the dormitories. Be warned: accommodation and restroom facilities are very basic and its very humid so everything feels wet (make sure the bed has an electric blanket). We also found rat poop on some of the beds (it's part of the adventure, right?) If staying at the monastery itself is not part of the appeal, then we noticed that others were staying at a guesthouse/restaurant right behind the 'Elephant Bathing Pool' monastery that would likely be a little nicer than what the monastery had to offer. There are lots of little stores/restaurants along the way with vegetarian dishes for 15-20kuai. The trail was paved all the way and consisted of stairs going up/down the whole way. Even if you are fairly fit your legs will probably feel like jelly by the end of the day! The second day we climbed from the monastery to the Golden Summit and then back down to the LeiDengPing bus sation where we took the bus back to emei village. We read very negative reviews on Emeishan and were bracing ourselves for the worst. We were thus pleasantly surprised that many of the trails were beautiful, quiet and well maintained. The one exception was on the 30 minute stretch between the LeidengPing bus station and the cable cars. That was an absolute nightmare: pushing loud crowds, trash everywhere, monkeys eating trash and people crowding to take pictures of them. If you took the bus to this station to begin your climb, I could totally understand the bad reviews. If you can make it past this madness, then the view at the Golden Summit is quite amazing. The majority of the tour groups do it the easy way (cable cars and trains) so in china, I recommend doing it the hard way (stairs all the way!)....if your knees will allow it. You'll be rewarded with a beautiful and peaceful hike.

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