Mt.Emei---Fascinating and Mysterious
A legend claims that the mountain was where Samantabhadra gave lectures on Buddhism and most temples house a statue of Samantabhadra. The Golden Summit is an ideal place to view the sunrise, the sea of clouds, the "Buddhist lights" and "Sacred lamps".
 
Mt.Emei, including groups of monkeys that appear on the mountain roads, is one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Samantbhadra, God of Universal Benevolence and disciple of Sakyamuni, was said to have lectured here. Most of the temples on Mt.Emei have a statue of Samantbhadra at the shrine. There were once more than a hundred temples and monasteries on the mountain, but only about twenty remain today, including the following better-known ones: Devotion to the Country Temple (Baoguosi), Ten-Thousand-Year Temple (Wanniansi), and Immortal Peak Temple (Xianfengsi), and the temple at Elephant Bath Pond (Xixiangchi)
 
The mist-shrouded peaks, forested slopes, Buddhist temples, well-worn paths and winding stone stairs of Mt.Emei have drawn countless pilgrims over the centuries. Mt.Emei offers splendid views of rugged mountains, classical Chinese temple architecture (with some Tibetan characteristics) and insight into Chinese religion, aesthetics and their relationship to the nation's sublime natural landscapes.
 
Keep an eye out for representations of the six-tusked elephant who symbolizes the Bodhisattva Puxian. Also watch out for pesky monkeys looking to snack on whatever food you might have with you. The mountain is huge—its long profile seen from a distance gives it its name, which translates to "Eyebrow Mountain".

Mt.Emei is about 90 miles (150km) southwest from the capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu, in western China.
 
Mt.Emei lies seven kilometers southwest of Emei City and is one of the four mountain ranges in China that Buddhists consider sacred. It was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996. The mountain stretches more than 200 kilometers from south to north. Its main peak, Wanfo Top, is 3,099 meters above sea level. Since ancient times Mt.Emei has been described as "Beauty under Heaven". Temples were built as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25--220) and Buddhism was introduced to the mountain during the Jin Dynasty. In the Ming and Qing dynasties there were more than 150 temples.

Many claim that China's first Buddhist temple was built on the mountain in the first century BC. It remained a spiritual sanctuary for both religions until, during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1634 AD), the mountain experienced a temple-building boom along with the conversion of almost all religious sites to Buddhism.
Given its remoteness and rugged landscape, Emei Shan remained relatively unchanged through the 19th century. By the mid-twentieth century, fires, the war against the Japanese and the destructive excesses of the Cultural Revolution left many of the temples and monasteries worse for the wear, but many have been renovated or rebuilt in recent years.
 
The Nine-Twist Plank Trail
The most varied topography of Mt.Emei includes a range of landscape of high peaks and deep gullies. These landscapes are direct result of special geological structure of Mt.Emei. The majority of the late Precambrian sedimentary strata are well developed. The Mt.Emei basalt of late Permian is of particular stratigraphic significance.
 
Buddha's Halo and Holy Lights
This is a special physical phenomenon. When the sun projects the shadow of the viewer on the clouds in front of him or her, ice crystals and tiny drops of water in the clouds may reflect the light to form a rainbow around the shadow. Only in few places with appropriate sync of light, landform and clouds could the halo be enjoyed.
 
On evenings when the moon cannot be observed (either in the early or late period of a lunar month), and after rain, tourists may see countless shining balls of light rising from the foot of the cliff and floating up in the air. This is the mysterious scene of "holy lights".
 
The Giant Buddha of Leshan
The Leshan Giant Buddha scenic area, which covers 2.5 square kilometers, is famous for its Giant Buddha statue, said to be the biggest Buddha statue in the world. The way in which the cultural features have been integrated with the natural scenery is considered to be a precious legacy. The Giant Buddha statue, carved on the mountain, stands 71 m high, with its back against Jiuding Mountain and facing the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers.
There are more than 90 stone carvings and Buddhist shrines on both sides of the Giant Buddha.    
 
Wannian Temple
Within the beamless hall of the Wannian Temple, a hall with outstanding
architectural features, towers a bronze statue of Samantabhadra. Cast in 980 in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it is 7.85 meters high, weighs 62 tons and is one of China's important cultural relics. The Baoguo Temple is the site of flourishing Buddhist activities. The Fuhu Temple, the largest temple on the mountain, is
surrounded by ancient nanmu trees.
 
Admission fee:
150 RMB/person (Peak season);
100 RMB/person (Low season)
 
Opening hours:
Summer and autumn: 6:00 am –18:30 pm;
Spring and winter: 7:00 am –17:00 pm
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