Attraction Highlight – Qinghai Lake, China

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24/6/2021

  • Boasting a scenic view of clouds and lush greenery, Mount Emei is a hidden treasure trove for hikers and cultural junkies alike.

    Attraction Highlight – Mount Emei, China

    Boasting a scenic view of clouds and lush greenery, Mount Emei is a hidden treasure trove for hikers and cultural junkies alike

    Mount Emei, also known as Emeishan Mountain, is in Sichuan Province, western China. With its highest peak, Wanfoding, at a height of 3,099 metres, Mount Emei boasts a towering, beautiful yet old and mysterious scene. The area boasts a rich vegetation, with more than 3,000 unique species of plants, including rare species that are found in the area.

    As one of the places where Buddhism was first introduced, Mount Emei is regarded as an importance place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. With over 20 preserved temples in the area, many devotees will visit Mount Emei to worship the Samantabhadra Buddha. It is also a common sight to see devotees bowing down or kneel before the Buddha.The Mount Emei scenic area, including the Leshan Giant Buddha, has been listed as an UNESCO Heritage Site since December 1996.

    With several hiking choices and a multitude of beautiful scenery, Mount Emei is a perfect place to go on a hike. With a hiking path stretching about 60km, visitors can choose either a leisurely hike or take cable cars. Those who are feeling a little adventurous can choose to take a in-depth hike that will last for 2 days.

    Located on the Golden Summit is the tallest Samantabhadra golden statue in the world, with a height of 48m. When the sun shines on the statue, visitors can see a bright and colourful halo.

    Emei Golden Summit

    Located adjacent to the Wanfoding with an altitude of 3,079m, the Emei Golden Summit is where visitors can admire the four wonders: the sunrise, the sea of clouds, the halo of Buddha, and the Sacred Light. If the weather is perfect with clear visibility, visitors can also catch a clear glimpse of the Gongga Snow Peak hundreds of miles away.

    In the colder seasons, the surrounding mountains and grasslands will start to turn yellow. Especially in November when the winter season begins, Qinghai Lake will begin to freeze. The vast turquoise lake will then be adorned with an appearance of jade and silver, like a huge treasure mirror, shining in the sun, radiating dazzling brilliance all day long.

    Baoguo Temple

    Baoguo Temple is the gateway to Mount Emei. Located at the foot of Mount Emei, it is the largest temple in the area. First build in the Ming Dynasty, the temple was destroyed by fire at the end of the dynasty before it was rebuilt again in 11th year of Shunzhi of Qing Dynasty (1654).

    The temple has four halls, hidden among the green pines and cypresses, as well as newly built pavilions and elegant gardens. There are three treasures within the confines of the Baoguo Temple: One is the giant 2.4m high porcelain Buddha built in the 13th year of Yongle (1415). The second is a large bronze bell of 2.3m in height. Lastly, the 14-storey Huayan Bronze Pagoda is a depository of numerous statues and the full text of the Huayan Sutra.

    Xiujia Waterfall

    With a stunning view of a natural waterfall, the Xiujia Waterfall presents a condensed view of Mount Emei. The character "jia" (甲) highlights the status of Mount Emei's beauty and the temperament of Emeishan people.

    Visitors standing in front of the water will get a chance to see a waterfall cascading from the sky. The splashing water from the waterfall creates a rain and fog in the air, while the colourful rainbow will appear under the sun, with the waves in the stream rolling in.

    Xiujia Waterfall

    By Flight: The closest airport is Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, which is about 150 km away. Visitors can take bullet train from the airport to Emeishan Railway Station and then transfer to a public bus to get to the spot.

    By Train: There are three train stations in Emeishan: Emeishan Railway Station, Emei Railway Station and Yangang Railway Station. Emeishan Railway Station operates high-speed trains between Emeishan and Leshan, Chengdu, Xi’an, and is only 5 km from Mount Emei. Emei Railway Station is a station on Chengdu-Kunming Railway and is about 10 km to Mount Emei.

    By Bus: Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station has long distance coach to Emeishan, while Leshan Xiaoba Bus Station has coach to Emeishan.

    Getting Around Emeishan

    Travelers can take public bus, taxi, or tricycle to travel around Emeishan City. The prices for those transportation tools are affordable.