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How to Plan An Emeishan Trip

Emeishan city is famous for its Emei Mountain, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountain and UNESCO World Heritage site (together with Leshan Giant Buddha). Almost all travelers travel to Emeishan to savor the natural beauty and Buddhist atmosphere of Mount Emei. This beautiful mountain is dotted with Buddhist temples, tinkling waterfalls, various tropical flora as well as freely-roaming animals – especially monkey. Undoubtedly, Mount Emei’s most beautiful sight appears in Golden Summit. Apart from eyes-feasting scenery, Mount Emei provides different experience during your travel as well. Wondering how to plan a reasonable tour to Mount Emei. Chins Discovery is here to give the best Emeishan trip planner. As a travel agency based in Chengdu, we master the most practical Emeishan travel information. Just start to plan your own Emeishan tour with us now.

Leshan is a good destination for a Chengdu extension tour. The most famous attraction is the Leshan Giant Buddha, which is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world. Read on to find out how to plan a trip from Chengdu to Leshan.

How to Get to Mount Emei - Usually from Chengdu or Leshan

Chengdu-Leshan-Emeishan Transfer Map

Mount Emei is located in western Emeishan city, whlie Emeishan city is about 45km to west Leshan City and 150km to southwest Chengdu. Chengdu is the best gateway to Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. You can easily reach Chengdu by over 120 international flights from about 200 destinations and over 220 domestic flights from about 130 domestic cities. Besides, it can be get to by about 400 high speed trains from China’s other major destinations.

It is efficient to travel from Chengdu to Mount Emei as well. You can take an about high speed train from Chengdu East Railway Station or Chengdu South Railway Station (passing by Chengdu Shuangliu Airport) to Emeishan Railway Station within 1.5 hours. It is also available to take a normal train as well with duration of about 2 hours. Some travelers also choose a coach from Chengdu to Emeishan which needs about 2~3 hours.

It is also a good option to travel from Leshan to Mount Emei after your Leshan Giant Buddha visit. High speed train and bus are both accessible to take you to transfer between Leshan and Emeishan.

To get rid of the hassle of public transfer, you are suggested to travel with China Discovery. We operate private car with skilled driver to drive you from your hotel to scenic area directly. You just need to focus on sightseeing.

What to See in Mount Emei - Both Nature and Culture

Can't-be-missed Scenery in Mount Emei

Golden Summit – It is always believed the best scenery of Mount Emei centers on Golden Summit. In other words, Golden Summit is the symbol of essence of Mount Emei. The golden statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva shows people a feeling of solemnity and holiness. In the Golden Summit, travelers can also see the four wonders of Mount Emei: Sunrise, Cloud Sea, Broken Spectre and Holy Light.

Buddhist Temples – As a Buddhist holy mountain, various Buddhist temples are the cultural essence of Mount Emei. There are over 30 temples perched on Mount Emei, among which Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Huazang Temple enjoy the highest status. Visiting these temples with different features help you explore the long history and Buddhist story of Mount Emei.

Natural Scenery – In the luxurious forest of Mount Emei, you can also indulge yourself in the charming nature. You can see peaceful lakes, clinking spring, and various kinds of plants. Mount Emei is even referred as Vegetable Kingdom because approximately 200 plant species in various plant families have been described from this mountain.

Rare Animals – In addition to Vegetable Kingdom, Mount Emei is also known as Paradise of animals. Monkey is regarded as an important resident attracting many travelers. Wild monkeys usually haunt in Ecological Monkey Zone and Leidongping.

What to Do in Mount Emei - Different Ways to Have Fun

As a sacred mountain combining Buddhist significance and natural beauty, Mount Emei offers a lot of things to do, including hiking, exploring Buddhism, taking photos, skiing, etc.

Buddhist Exploration – If you are interested in Buddhism, you can visit several Buddhist sites in and around Mount Emei. Each temple houses many Buddha statues. In some special days (like different Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment day, and renunciation day, there will be religious ceremony to celebrate the big days and pray for people.

Hiking – With an altitude of over 3,000 meter, Mount Emei also draw many hiking enthusiasts. During your hiking, you can appreciate more scenery. The whole hiking from the bottom takes one whole day for experienced hiker. Since Mount Emei is equipped with tourist bus and cable car to shorten the walking distance, so it’s available to shorten your climb by skip some less attractive spots.

Photography – Most shutterbugs flock to Mount Emei to get some nice shot. In sunny days, it’s easy to catch the most spectacular moments of sunrise, sunset and sea of clouds. You may also take photos of the wide ranges of snow mountains far away if the day is clear, including Mount Gongga and Wawu Mountain.

Snow Fun – In winter, Emei Mountain becomes one of the best placse to play with snow. The ski resort near Leidongping provides skiing, snowmobiles, snow tire, and other entertainment options. In the ski resort, there are also various interest ice and snow sculpture on display.

Tips for Emeishan Trip Plan

① Best Time to Visit Mount Emei

Mount Emei’s nature and culture can be appreciated all the year around, but spring (March ~ May) and winter (December ~ February) are the best to have a visual feast. Spring is the season of azalea booming and Mount Emei is honored as the kingdom of azalea. Besides Emei Mountain Fair also take place in March and April (lasting for one month) usually, which allows you to observe Buddhist followers flocking into Mount Emei. Winter is the best time for striking snowscape and interesting snow activities, like skiing and other entertainment. The climate of Mount Emei varies significantly with altitude. Generally, the difference between the top of the mountain and the foot of the mountain is about 14℃ / 57°F. Remember to keep warm in the top area.

② Where to Stay in Your Emeishan Trip

For travelers with short stay in Leshan, we suggest you travel back to Chengdu which offers plenty choices from luxury hotels and boutique hotels to comfortable ones. If you want to accommodate in Leshan, we recommend you to choose a hotel in Leshan downtown or near Leshan Giant Buddha. It will be convenient to taste local food and see Leshan Buddha. Recommended hotels in downtown include 5-star Panlong Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel and 4-star Orange Hotel Select. Hotels near Leshan Giant Buddha include 5-stared Sangjaingyue Holiday Hotel and 4-star A Yard of Chan. If you plan to visit Mount Eemi after your Leshan trip, you can accommodate in Emeishan city or near Mount Emei as well.

③ Do I Need a Visa for Emeishan Trip

Tourists from appointed 53 countries with valid travel documents & connecting flights to a third country/region can enter Chengdu via Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and stay in Chengdu as well as Leshan where Mount Emei located administratively and 9 other cities up to 144 hours in Sichuan without a Chinese visa. Therefore, travelers are able to get rid of visa application and travel Mount Emei easily during a layover. However, Sichuan is very vast with many to see and do. To explore the Sichuan beyond its 144 Hours Transit Visa Free areas, we suggest you apply a Tourist Visa. Therefore, you can travel fairytale land Jiuzhaigou Valle and more beautiful places in Western Sichuan, such as Mount Siguniang, Daocheng Yading, Kangding, Danba…

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