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“Emei shan”

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.
Victoria, Canada
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“Emei shan”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The main factor determining whether or not people enjoyed this seems to be the weather. I have been told by a couple of locals that the top is only clear about one in six days. If you are in Baoguo and the day dawns clear, forget about walking up, catch the bus and cable car early so as not to miss the great views, not only of the temple area but also the snow capped western cordillera. You can then walk down if you wish. There are many small cafes, some attractively situated all along the trails. Prices can be higher than in town, but not terribly so, considering the transportation issues. Don't miss "The Hard Wok Cafe", just below Hongshun Ping, with an English menu and a good selection of food and drink. If you are 60 or older, and can substantiate it with a passport, admission is only 90 RMB to the mountain. The large monkeys can be very threatening; carry a walking stick, and pick up [or mime] some rocks to throw- some locals carry a slingshot [catapult]. It has occurred to me that a loud whistle or air horn may also be effective in convincing them that you are "badder" than they are. I stayed overnight in the small Yuxian Temple. The doubles seemed comfortable, the dorm was not. There is a shared warm shower, the drop squat toilet was grim. Dinner was rice, green beans, eggplant [aubergine], and clear soup. The terrace hangs over the valley and the views are lovely.

Visited May 2013
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Seattle
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“It's a must do”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

You gotta stay at one of the two hotels on top. We were fogged in, but its worth the expense and effort to see either the sunrise or sunset.

Visited April 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Beautiful trip”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Great nature trail, including beautiful scenery, monkeys, few impressive temples - highly recommended

Visited October 2012
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Baarn, The Netherlands
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“Holy mountain par excellence!”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

There are two different ways to experience Emei Shan: As a 2-3 day mountain hike or as a condensed one day trip. Due to time constraints and the facts that we were traveling with 2 smaller kids only left the second option for us. Reading other reviews and having climbed other Chinese holy mountains on foot that might be preferable. This review is intended to those who want / need to see Emei Shan in a day. Entrance fees, busses and cable cars add up to 425 yuan per person, so take some cash with you!

We had based ourselves in Baoguo village in the Happy hotel (the Teddy Bear hotel did not bother to respond to our emails) which is necessary in our view. Doing Emei Shan as a day trip from Chengdu seemed crazy to us. Our alarm clock was set to 5am to allow us to catch the first bus up the mountain from Baoguo bus station, just 50 meters from the hotel. When we got up it was pouring and we were wondering how crazy it would be to do this trip on a rainy day. But don't let the weather hold you back! It can be totally different on the mountain and changes all the time.

A word of advise: We read horror stories about the busses driving up and down the mountain at breakneck speed and the combination with wet roads had almost scared us off. In hindsight this was utter nonsense. The official busses leaving from Baoguo station are quite new, safe and (at Chinese standards) drive very carefully. So as long as you stick to these official busses, which will cost 90 yuan for the return trip you should be fine. We saw private vehicles driving like mad, but that's your own choice to take them!

It was definitely worthwhile taking the first or second bus to the Leidongping parking lot, which is a 2 hours drive. From there we walked 30 minutes to the cable car (65 RMB) and at 8am there weren't any queues yet. At the 'golden summit' it can be quite cold and misty, but when it clears up the views are spectacular above the clouds. Definitely worth the ascend!

After two hours we walked back down to Leidongping (90 minutes) and took the bus down to Wannian bus station (60 minutes). From here, there's another cable car up to Wannian temple, which is very beautiful! From here you walk / climb through the 'middle scenic area' which is a warm, dense rainforest and a totally different thing to the summit area.

The walk to the ecological monkey area has stunning views through a ravine and impressive larger than life stone carvings of Chinese emperors visiting Emei Shan; definitely take this detour! The monkey area itself is more of a hoax, not at all ecological. The monkeys are fed by wardens and travelers alike, so they are either aggressive or tamed for photo shots they will try to charge you for.

The last bus takes you back from Wuxiangang bus station to Baoguo village around 6pm after a stunning day. Your legs will remember the trip for at least another 3 days and you should for a lifetime!

A last closing comment: There are thousands of Chinese tourists up on the mountain (the later in the day, the more) and a lot of infrastructure, noise and unfortunately some waste. If you expect a secluded, spiritual experience, you should adjust your expectations. This is as 'holy' as Rome's Saint Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday.

Visited May 2013
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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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“Take time to do this”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The easy way to get to the top of the mountain is to take the bus and then the cable car, which is a half hour walk up from the bus stop. Arrive early to avoid huge crowds along the way and at the top. There are several paths to walk around the top to enjoy the views--if the mountain isn't in the clouds. As with most mountaintops, the views are awesome, even with some clouds. Walking down the path to the parking lot, you can enjoy the changes in types of trees. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

Visited April 2013
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