From Chengdu we took a two hour bus ride to the town of Emei. The town is near a sacred mountain called Mt. Emei, which is what we wanted to see.
We stayed at a very foreigner friendly place called the Teddy Bear hotel. We only had one day so we followed the hotel’s recommended route as follows: (copied from their website http://www.teddybear.com.cn)
- Go out of the Teddy Bear Hotel and turn left，and you will see the Bao Guo Bus Station on the left;
- Take a bus to Leidong Ping Bus Station (40RMB/person).Buy the entrance ticket (120RMB/person, and with student ID card, 60RMB/person);
- After 1.5 hours’walk, you can get to Jinying Palace, then it takes you 1.5 h to get to the Golden Summit on foot or 10 min by cable car;
- You can go around the Golden Summit for about 1 or 1.5 h;
- Go back to Jinyin Hallin the same way. 1 hour later, you will arrive at Leidongping where you can take a bus to Wannian Bus Station;
- It takes you 20 min to get to Wannian Temple on foot or 10 min by cable car (40 RMB/person);
- It’s about 1.5 hours for you to go down through Bailong Monastery, and Qingyin Pavilion to Wuxiangang Bus Station where the last bus to Baoguo Bus Station is at 6:30 pm. (If you have enough time, you can go up to Joking Monkey Zone from Wannian Temple).
Monkeys on the way up to the summit.
Steps up to the golden summit.
People attach locks to make a wish.
The next few are from Wannian Temple.
We grabbed a snack at a trail side cafe. We were a little worried we would get sick, but we didn’t!
These guys climb the stairs to deliver supplies to the snack stalls.
THe next few are from around the Qingyin Pavilion.
The teddy Bear Hotel. Very friendly and nice place, but the food is so-so. We had a couple great meals up the street from here.
Deep fried catfish with Sichuan sauce. Fantastic!
Rock map of Mt. Emei.