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“I am exhausted!”

Mount Emei (Emeishan)
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2-Day Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha and Emei Shan including Monastery Stay
Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Emeishan
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A scenic mountain area houses important Buddhist temples.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

What a wonderful experience. We hiked to Magic Peak Monastery and spent the night. The second day we continued our hike. Most of the second day was spent in the clouds, so the views were non-existent. You can't really predict the weather too far in advance, so you never know what you will get.

It was challenging physically, but we are not in the best of shape. In retrospect, I would have taken the bus and cable car to the summit, then walked down.

I recommend staying in a monastery. It is a great way to get a better feel for the culture.

4  Thank Paul P
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

It's china major attraction but not well maintained. Entrance fees with bus fare very expensive, all places are dirty, not well maintained, especially the advance cable car.... Disappointing..

5  Thank Jaki H
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Although very pricy and crowded, the place has very beautiful views. Monkeys are also quite interesting but be careful with the food, they'll search your pockets. Crowds are definitely an issue, but no different from any other China tourist spot

2  Thank tuareg_001
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We had hoped to find a quiet beautiful spot on a remote sacred mountain and instead found a cross between the M25 and a theme park.

2  Thank Helen166
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I have wanted to go to Mt Emei Shan for quite a few years, so for me, finally arriving at the summit was a great feeling.

The journey up to the top included a bus from Emei Shan for 2hrs, then walking up stairs for 1/2 an hour (past the monkeys - which there were only 2 on the day we were there, and they really weren't interested in the tourists at all), and then finally a cable car to the top.

We hired a guide to assist us with navigating Mt Emei, and are glad we did.
Rather than going on the crowded communal cable car our guide suggested we take a different path to the smaller/slower cable car with individual cars, which we did, and it was great. Sure it was slow, but given how crowded the large/fast cable car was we were happy to be on the smaller one. And the max number of passengers on the small cable car is 2.

Unfortunately the day we visited Mt Emei the summit was thick with cloud. But we were still able to see everything on the top of the mountain, but nothing in the distance.

We were there in summer vacation, however the number of tourists wasn't excessive, and no one was pushy or rude. In fact we had a few Chinese tourists who asked to take photos with us.

The journey back down was 'interesting'. Our guide was told which bus we were to get on, however when we got on the driver told us after about 5 mins that no he needed our seats for some other tourists in a group, so we had to get on another bus, which we did (thank goodness for our guide at that stage as we wouldn't have known what was going on if we were by ourselves).
Then when we finally got on the next bus down, the driver obviously thought he was an F1 driver. We have never ever been in a vehicle driven so fast down hill. Even our guide was a little shaken when we finally reached the base, which we did reach in one piece, although our knuckles were white from holding on so tight!

Overall I would highly recommend Mt Emei for those who appreciate a buddhist temple, however others may not really enjoy it.

5  Thank gounta
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