Falling in love with Pandas

On July 25, 2012, in China Travel Gossip, Getting Around, Sichuan, Travel Info, by Jack Li

I’m sure that if you wanted to travel to China or if you want to a part of the reason is because you want to see real pandas! Everyone knows that China’s most popular animal is the giant panda bear. Dragons are their favorite animal from the mythology but pandas are the Chinese national’s emblem. […]

I’m sure that if you wanted to travel to China or if you want to a part of the reason is because you want to see real pandas! Everyone knows that China’s most popular animal is the giant panda bear. Dragons are their favorite animal from the mythology but pandas are the Chinese national’s emblem. When Chinese government wants to create deeper relations with a country they offer a panda to their friend. This tradition has begun in 608 during the Tang Dynasty. From now on, China prefers to lend their pandas to protect them instead of giving them. That’s how the United States of America received Ling a Giant Panda in 1972 and Japan has been entrusted some in 2008.

And I must say that over these last past years, pandas became kind of trendy. I mean, the World Wild Fund for Nature’s (WWF) logo is a Panda, one of the official mascot of the Olympic Games of 2008 representing Africa was a honoring Pandas, even Hollywood made a 3D motion movie called “Kung Fu Panda”, and thanks to the internet millions of people felt in love with those black and white bears watching funny videos or pictures. I must confess, I am one of them, I felt in love with pandas. Believe me or not but you can’t escape them, they are everywhere; in the zoos, on t-shirts, caps, shoes, clothes, notebooks, pens, fans, candies… And even in the Beijing’s 798 art district you can find a gallery dedicated to the giant bear. Making your own collection of panda-items wouldn’t be difficult after your China tours.

More seriously, if you want to see real pandas, it would be better to take a flight with China Southern Airlines and go on Panda research bases than going to parks and zoos in my opinion. Except from zoos or animal parks, there are two great places to see pandas in China: Sichuan province and Guangxi province.

- Sichuan province

Bifengxia Panda Base (Ya’an City)
After the earthquake in 2008, the pandas of Wolong National Nature Reserve were transferred to Bifengxia Panda Base, which was established at the end of 2003. It became the largest giant pandas base in China, there are 155 giant pandas in there.

the Giant Panda breeding and research base (north of Chengdu)
There are all the range of equipment of giant panda breeding, the panda house, feed room, health stations, giant panda museum and laboratory building in the base. Thousands of bundles of bamboo and bushes are planted there in order to approximate their natural environment.

- Guangxi province

Seven Star Park
This park is a zoo, but if you want to see panda super stars there, here you are. Indeed, Meimei the panda who lived the longest time used to live here until her death at 36. And you could see the 2 olympic pandas there too: Fenyi and Meixin.

Giant Pandas are an endangered species , associations like WWF are taking care of it, but if no one does anything they could disappear in the few decades. I know that the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base and the Giant Panda breeding and research base offers volunteer programs so, you can be closer to the black and white bears and do something for the environment stability. Bu the way if you are interested or concerned about this problem, help us to save panda by checking our Facebook page!

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The Shunan Bamboo Sea

On September 6, 2011, in Lakes, Nature Scenery, Sichuan, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is located in Yibing, a city in the southern part of Sichuan Province. The scenic region covers an area of 120 hectares, with a major scenic region of 44 hectares. Dotted with 134 fascinating attractions, the whole bamboo sea scenic region consists of 2 preview areas and 8 scenic zones. There […]

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is located in Yibing, a city in the southern part of Sichuan Province. The scenic region covers an area of 120 hectares, with a major scenic region of 44 hectares. Dotted with 134 fascinating attractions, the whole bamboo sea scenic region consists of 2 preview areas and 8 scenic zones. There are 427 kinds of different bamboos in the scenic region, ranging from ordinary varieties like the Shui Bamboo, the Nan Bomboo to the rare ones, for example, the Julong Bamboo (the largest bamboo in the world). Thanks to the high vegetation coverage there, the Shunan Bamboo Sea has become a natural oxygen bar.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea is a place filled with extraordinary natural beauty. The land there fluctuates a lot and forms more than 500 hills. They are all decorated with verdant bamboos thickly, making them look like giant bonsais. The whole region is covered by a green carpet, with bamboos everywhere. It does live up to its name, “the Shunan Bamboo Sea”.

Apart from the beautiful bamboos, there are also many gorgeous natural attractions in the Bamboo Sea. It is very comfortable for you to spend your leisure time enjoying the splendid waterfall, boating on the elegant lakes, exploring the mysterious caves. If you are tired of the natural scenes, you can visit the museums and the ancient villages nearby, and experience the rich local culture.

Visitors can enjoy some special snacks in the Bamboo Sea, too. For example, the Bamboo Cake and Feast for Panda. The Bamboo Cake is wrapped with Bamboo leaves and served. You can feel the scent of bamboo when you put it into your mouth. As for the Feast for Panda, all the dishes in the feast were made by bamboos or mushrooms grown on bamboos. It is highly advisable to taste them because they are only served in the Shunan Bamboo Sea.

The Shunan Bamboo Sea attractions

The Longyin Temple

The Tianbao Village

The Colorful Waterfall

The Fairy Lake 

The Shunan Bamboo Sea Story

The Origin of the Shunan Bamboo Sea

It is said that the region where the Shunan Bamboo Sea is located now used to be a barren land consisting of giant red stones. There was no plant there at all, even grasses.

One day, a fairy lived in the Heavenly Palace called Jinluan saw the barren land. She wanted to knit a green carpet for the land so much that she sneaked out the palace and descended to the area. Unfortunately, her deed was soon discovered by the Emperor of Heaven. He was so angry that he sent his soldiers to catch her and put her into prison. Another fairy named Yaoqing was ordered to watch out her beside the prison. She is a very kind hearted fairy. When she found out why Jinlun was put into prison, she was very sympathetic about her, and she decided to release Jinluan secretly. After Jinluan was released, the two fairies had a short discussion, and then made up their mind to go to the barren land to finish knitting the green carpet together. However, they were caught and thrown into prison again. Many gods in heaven heard about their stories and were deeply touched by their kindness. So they appealed to the Emperor and pleaded him to show some mercy. Finally, the Emperor agreed. He released the two fairies and ordered them to stay in the mundane world and finish the green carpet. They were not allowed to come back to the Heavenly Palace unless they complete the job. Jinluan and Yaojing were very thankful to those gods who had helped them. They said goodbye to them and then descended to the earth happily.

Year after year, the two fairies kept knitting the carpet, and the barren land became more and more green. When the day the carpet was finished, the land had become a green paradise, that is, the Shunan Bamboo Sea.

Four Girls Mountains

On September 5, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Four Girls Mountains is situated in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang region. It consists of four ice-covered mountains, which resemble four beautiful girls who wore white veils. And the youngest girl is slim with a graceful posture. When people mention the Four Girls Mountains, it usually refers to the youngest girl mountain. The local Tibetans worship the Four Girls Mountains, because it was said […]

Four Girls Mountains is situated in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang region. It consists of four ice-covered mountains, which resemble four beautiful girls who wore white veils. And the youngest girl is slim with a graceful posture. When people mention the Four Girls Mountains, it usually refers to the youngest girl mountain. The local Tibetans worship the Four Girls Mountains, because it was said that four beautiful girls sacrificed themselves in order to protect pandas, after they died, their bodies became the Four Girls Mountains.

To the east of the Four Girls Mountains is the wild Mingjiang; the west is Dadu River, which is known as ‘natural barrier’. The weather in the valley is very warm with abundant rainfall; glaciers surround the hillside; the peak of the mountains is very steep and covered with snow. The Four Girls Mountains provide a good environment to plants and animals. It has precious trees and rare Chinese medicinal crops. And in the valley of the Four Girls Mountains, apple and pear trees are gown. The famous Wolong Panda Nature Reserve is also situated in the Four Girls Mountains.

The Four Girls Mountains is famous for its height and beautiful sceneries. It is called as ‘China’s Alps’. It attracts many climbers from home and abroad.

Four Girls Mountains Attractions:

Shuangqiao Ditch

Changping Ditch

Haizi Ditch

The First Girl Mountain

Four Girls Mountain Story

In Tibetan, Four Girls Mountains is called ‘Sigelaroda’ which means ‘the mountain god.’ The legend said that a long time ago, there was a mountain god who lived in the west who was kindhearted and hardworking. He has four beautiful daughters. Their neighbor, Mai Erdo was also a mountain god, but he was very insidious. He wanted to marry all the four girls. So he challenged the girls’ father to a duel and said, ‘whoever loses should give all his fortunes to the other’. The girls’ father didn’t want to fight with him, because he was too old to win. But Mai Erdo insisted on fighting, after several times, the girls’ father was killed in a field. Mai Erdo occupied the fortunes and forced the four girls to be his wives. The four girls preferred to die than marry him, so they ran away at night.

Unfortunately they were met with heavy snow, and they didn’t carry enough clothes to stay warm, so they died in cold. In the morning of the second day, a hunter found their bodies and buried them in snow. Afterwards the four graves became four mountains. Since then people called it ‘Four Girls Mountains’.

Although the four girls became mountains, they could hear poor people’s wishes. So they used magical power to change people’s lives. The four girls’ beautiful dresses became plants and flowers to fill the valley, so people could feed sheep and horses there; their pearl necklaces became the rare Chinese medicinal crops; they changed winter into spring, so there were no more droughts; their hairs changed into forests to provide shade; their beautiful voice became singing birds. All the four girls’ wished was that the people lived here could have happy lives.

In memory of the four girls, people would get together every April. They dress up then dance and sing under the Four Girls Mountains.

Qingcheng Mountain

Located in south-west of Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, the Qingcheng Mountain is 68 km far away from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan) and only 16 km away from Dujiangyan. The original name of this mountain is Zhangren Mountain which is one of the branches of Qionglai Mountains. The main peak measures 1260 m in height […]

Located in south-west of Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, the Qingcheng Mountain is 68 km far away from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan) and only 16 km away from Dujiangyan. The original name of this mountain is Zhangren Mountain which is one of the branches of Qionglai Mountains. The main peak measures 1260 m in height according to the data in 2007. All the trees on the mountain remain green throughout the year and the many peaks forms a shape like city walls, therefore, the mountain is called Qingcheng Mountain. The whole mountain is divided into two parts, namely the front hill and the back hill. The Qingcheng Mountain Scenic Spot which contains a large number of historical interests mainly lies on the front hill covering an area of 15 km2. The total area of the back hill covers about 100 km2 and the temperature here in winter is extremely low but in summer you can enjoy very cool weather. So we can also say this mountain area has two very distinct seasons. Qingcheng Mountain is famous for its quietness just like a secluded wood. Various peaks, streams, valleys, pavilions and temples are all in the shade of the tall trees with luxuriant foliage. The buildings like the pavilions, Taoist temples, and palaces are in perfect harmony with the whole mountain because they all used natural building materials whose color is similar with the rocks or the plants. Judging from this, we can get to know that Taoists appreciate simple and natural living style. When you visit Qingcheng Mountain, you can not only enjoy the beautiful scenery but also learn much about Chinese Taoism because Qingcheng Mountain is one of the places where Taoism originated. Taoists lived and studied Taoism in the area of Qingcheng Mountain almost more than 2000 years ago.  It is said that in 143 A.D. Zhang Ling, a famous Taoist master, came to Qingcheng Mountain and settled down here then to study and teach Taoism. From then on, Qingcheng Mountain became a hot spot for Taoism and was listed as “the fifth Taoist fairyland”. Tianshic (Tianshi) Temple is at the heart of all the well-preserved ancient buildings and of course it is a must-see in this scenic spot.

Qingcheng Mountain Attractions:

Jianfu Palace

Tianshi Temple

Laojun Pavilion and Natural Pictures 

Qingcheng Mountain Stories

1.   The sanctuary lamp on Qingcheng Moutain

Qingcheng Mountain is famous for three natural wonders, the beautiful sunrise, the vast sea of clouds and the sanctuary lamp. The sanctuary lamp, also known as the holy light, is a particularly special and rare sight. Shangqing Palace is the best place to view and admire it. In summer, every time when it becomes sunny again after the rains, visitors in the pavilions near Shangqing Palace might be able to see flickering light in the mountain, sometimes there are just a few lights, sometimes there are millions of them, and the sight is breath-taking. The legend holds that those lights are lit by Zhang Ling, a famous Taoism master, who lives in Qingcheng Mountain. Actually it is just because the oxidation of phosphorus causes the fire, which is a very normal natural phenomenon.

2.   The Legend of Puzhao Temple on Qingcheng Mountain

Puzhao Temple once was called Jinhua Temple before and in it the figure of Master Yinghua was worshipped. At the very beginning, the temple expanded from an abandoned family ancestral hall was very poor, there was neither any food to support monks nor any room to place figures of great masters of Taoism. However in the 30th year under Qing Emperor Qianlong’s reign, for some unknown reason the temple was rebuilt with great efforts. The temple earned its fame overnight. It is estimated that the reconstruction at least cost over ten thousand liang(an ancient Chinese unit of weight equivalent to 31.25 grams) gold and silver. According to the monumental writing, the project did not receive any donation or sponsorship. Then how did they get the money? Today, the reason why Puzhao Temple could become prosperous in such a short period of time is still a mystery. A folk tale in Chengdu has it that Zhang Xianzhong, an insurrectionist in Ming Dynasty who overthrew the government’s rule in Sichuan, established his own farmer regime. Then before long the soldiers of Qing Emperor invaded his land and Zhang had to leave Chengdu. Before he left, he decided to hide all the treasures and designed a stone ox and a stone drum as the marks of the treasure place. Some people thought he hid the precious deep down the Jinjiang River, while some guessed the treasures were hidden in Qingcheng Mountain. So people make a further guess that the money used to rebuild Puzhao Temple came from the treasure place mentioned above. Is it a good guess or a bad one? No one knows….

The Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is situated in the City of Leshan in Sichuan Province. It was carved on the cliff beside the infall of the Minjiang River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River. Built in the Tang Dynasty, it is the biggest stone statue of Maitreya in the world. The height of the Leshan […]

The Leshan Giant Buddha is situated in the City of Leshan in Sichuan Province. It was carved on the cliff beside the infall of the Minjiang River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River. Built in the Tang Dynasty, it is the biggest stone statue of Maitreya in the world.

The height of the Leshan Giant Buddha is 71 meters, with his head in alignment with the summit of the hill, and his feet step on the bank beside. The stone Maitreya is very well-proportioned as a whole. He lower half of his body is 28 meter high, and his shoulder is 24 meter wide, with a 3 meter long neck on it, attaching to a 14.7 meter long, 10 meter wide head. His feet step on the bank of the river beside, and his hands, with ten 8.3 meter long fingers, are put on his knees. The giant foot of the buddha is 8.5 meters wide so that more than a hundred people can sit on them together at the same time. There are two 7 meter long ears, two 5.6 meter long eyebrows, two 3.3 meter long eyes, a 5.6 meter long nose, a 3.3 meter long mouth, and 1021 strands of curly hair on the Maitreya’s head. Sitting beside the river, he has a quite serious looking on his face. Apart from the giant buddha, there are two ten meter high stone warriors with halberds in their hands carved on the left and right side of him, and a great many little stone Buddha statues around them. Most of the statues were carved in the Tang Dynasty by Buddhist believers then.

The stone Maitreya is not a solid statue. Inside his chest, there is a secret cave for preserving buddhist scriptures. The slabstone that is used to seal up the cave is a tablet from Tianning Pavilion, a famous buddhist pavilion that used to exist above the statue. It is said that the tablet was dumped during the pavilion’s renovation in the Song Dynasty, and obviously someone brought it to the cave. Now there is no scripture inside the cave any more, you can only find some iron scraps and bricks inside.

Rumor has it that after the establishment of the Leshan Giant Buddha in the Tang Dynasty, people built several wooden roofs and base supports so that the statue would not be exposed to the sun and the rain. Later, these facilities were joined together and became Buddhist pavilions. On the thighs, the arms, the chest, and the insteps of the Buddha, you can discovery the traces of these facilities easily. In the Song Dynasty, the pavilion was renovated and enlarged. Later, it became a very famous Buddhist pavilion in Chinese history, the Tianning Pavilion. Unfortunately, the pavilion has been destroyed a long time ago.

The Leshan Giant Buddha represents the wisdom of ancient Chinese people. It is really hard to imagine how they build such a giant and vivid stone statue on the steep cliff without any modern technics.

The Leshan Giant Buddha Attractions

The Oriental Buddha City Gallery

The Lingbao Tower

The Mahao Cliff-tombs

The Leshan Giant Buddha Story

The Legend of the Leshan Giant Buddha

It is said that, at the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, there was a Lingyun Temple on the hill where the Giant Buddha is located today. The abbot of the temple then is an old monk named Haitong. Since the hill is situated beside the infall of the Mingjiang River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River, the monk could see what happened on the river everyday from inside the temple clearly. He saw that many ships were split on the underwater rocks and sank into the river. He believed that these tragedies were caused by the monsters in the river. So he decided to build a stone buddha in the hill to keep the mosters away.

The old monk asked two famous stonemasons from the nearby villages for help. One said that, he could carve thousands of stone buddhas on the cliff faced with the river. And the other replied, he wanted to build a giant buddha on the cliff so that the monsters in the river would be drive away. The old monk agreed to both of them, and the two stonemasons started their own work. It took only two years for the former one to finish carving a thousand small Buddha statues on the cliff. However, it tooks 90 years for the later stonemason to establish a giant buddha statue. Actually, he did not finished his work in his lifetime. It was his disciples who helped him finish the statue after he passed away. The mosters in the river dared not destory the ships coming and going after the giant statue was set up. And the people lived in the villages around the stone Buddha enjoyed a happy life from then on. It seems that the giant Buddha is much more useful than the smaller ones.

Jiuzhai Valley

Situated in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Nationality autonomous area, JiuzhaiValley is one of the most famous spot in Sichuan province. Being composed of nine villages is the reason why it is known as Jiuzhai (Nine Villages) Valley.  It is said that the god who was in charge of vegetation owned nine brave, kind and […]

Situated in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Nationality autonomous area, JiuzhaiValley is one of the most famous spot in Sichuan province. Being composed of nine villages is the reason why it is known as Jiuzhai (Nine Villages) Valley.  It is said that the god who was in charge of vegetation owned nine brave, kind and beautiful daughters.  They came to the man’s world to prevent the snake devil from poisoning the river and threatening local people’s safety.  When they defeated the devil, they got married with nine local Tibetan boys.  The nine couples got together to rebuild their homeland and formed nine tribes gradually.  The nine tribes are current Jiuzhai Valley.

Jiuzhai Valley with an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 meters belongs to carbonate barrage landscape.  Well known for Cui Sea, Die Sea, Colorful Forest, Snow Mountain and Tibetan Customs, the Jiuzhai Valley is accredited as “wonderland” and “Fairy World”.  Covering an area of more than sixty thousand square meters, the six main attractions, including Long Sea, Jian Rock, Nuorilang, Shuzheng, Zharu and Black Sea, are in a shape of “Y”.  As the most beautiful scenery in Jiuzhai Valley, the waterscape which contains 108 springs, falls and rivers is limpid and colorful.  Seen from far away, water flows through trees; trees grow in the water.  Having a good association of activity and inertia, it is also known as the king waterscapes of the world.  In 1992, Jiuzhai Valley is figured into the World Natural Heritage List.  Ranking as the world-class scenery, Jiuzhai Valley becomes a dreamlike world for the visitors from all over the world.

Jiuzhai Valley Attractions

Ruorilang Waterfall

Pearl Beach

Five—color Pool

Reed Lake

Mirror Sea

Jiuzhai Valley Storys

1. The Story of Wolong (Lying Dragon) Sea

The small and delicate Wolong Sea is a reprehensive of blue lakes.  The thick blue color and peaceful surface make it a crystal clear gemstone.  It is said that there was a black dragon living in the Black Sea of Jiuzhai Valley.  Raining one time, it asked local people to sacrifice him for ninety nine days.  The white dragon sympathized with the civilian so much that it decided to send water to Jiuzhai Valley.  Up receiving the news, the black dragon came out to prevent it.  Unfortunately, the white dragon sunk to the bottom of the lank when it fought with the black dragon.  Though the god of mountains defeated the black dragon at last, the white dragon is too weak to come out.

So it changed its color to yellow and made his determination to lie on the lake bottom forever.  To memorize it, the lake which it lied on was named as Wolong Sea.

2. The Story of Jiuzhai Valley

It is said that Dage and Semo were lovers in Jiuzhai Valley.  One year, Snow Mountain King destroyed the lake which led to Jiuzhai Valley.  After having learnt that only the green gemstone could help, Dage climbed on the Snow Mountain to find the magic gemstone to resume the lake.  A cup of magic potion which was given by the mountain king made him forget his former lover and fall in love with the king’s daughter, snow princess.  Semo was too sad to accept the truth.  Hot tears ran down from her eyes endlessly.  Finally, her tears recalled Dage’s memory and touched the princess.  With the princess’s help, they found out the green gemstone and decided to go back to resume the lake.   The angry king tried to stop them.  To defend him, Dage and Semo swallowed the green gemstone at once, and then changed into two high mountains.  From then on, Local people will sacrifice them every year, especially when they have joys such as wedding and festival or disasters.

3. The Story of Rhinoceros Sea.

The Rhinoceros Sea is extremely large.  Surrounded by vibrant reeds on the north and forest on the west, decorated by silvery waterfall, the sea’s surface make visitors enjoy it.  There is an old story about it.  It is said that an aged Tibetan Lama who was in poor health crossed the sea with his rhino.  To his surprise, his disease was recovered magically after drinking the lake water.  He was so happy that he drank the water every day and settled down in the sea with his rhino.  According to this legend, the sea was known as Rhinoceros Sea since then.

Mount Emei Travel Tips

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Sichuan, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Different scenic zones in the Mount Emei have different weather conditions if they are in different locations. Qingyin Pavilion is in the low mountain area. The trees are thick. The springs are clear. The middle mountain contains areas from Qingyin Pavilion to Mount Xixiang. The temperature there is 4℃ or 5℃ lower. You have to […]

Different scenic zones in the Mount Emei have different weather conditions if they are in different locations. Qingyin Pavilion is in the low mountain area. The trees are thick. The springs are clear. The middle mountain contains areas from Qingyin Pavilion to Mount Xixiang. The temperature there is 4℃ or 5℃ lower. You have to wear warm coats. You can also rent cotton coats on the mountain. There is a boundary line on the Mount Emei where underneath the line it is warmer while above the line it is colder.

Best Time to Visit the Mount Emei:

Best time to visit the Mount Emei is in spring and winter.

Sunrise: Summer: 6:00; Winter: 7:00

Clouds: 9:00-10:00 AM; 3:00-4:00 PM

Buddha Lights: 9:00-10:00 AM; 3:00-4:00 PM

Azaleas: from the end of April to May; Azaleas at the Wanpo Peak: from May to June

Maple Leaves: October

Moneys: from June to September

Skiing: January to March

Mount Emei Best Routes

In a two-day tour in the Mount Emei, you can walk in the woods, have tasteful dinners and visit temple on the first day. On the second day, you can go to see monkeys, climb the Jinding Tower and appreciate the Buddha lights.

Routes:

1. Mountain Pavilion—Moya Crave—Buddhism Gallary—Yingbin Plaza—Mount Emei Museum—Baoguo Temple

2. Wannian Temple—Bailong Cave—Qingyin Pavilion— A Thread of Sky—Ecological Money Zone—Jinding Tower

If you only have one day, you can just go to see monkeys and visit temples there.

The routes could be: Baoguo Temple—Jieyin Palace—Jinding Tower—Ten Buddhist Statues—Huacang Temple—Wannian Temple—Qingyin Pavilion— A Thread of Sky— Ecological Money Zone

If you take the two day tour by walking, the route could be: Baoguo Temple—Fuhu Temple, Liyin Temple, Chunyang Palace—Zhongfeng Temple—Guangfu Temple—Qingyin Pavilion—Hongchun Lawn—JIulong Cave—YUxian Temple—Mount Xixiang. Another route is: Mount Xixiang—Leidong Lawn—Jieyin Palace—Jinding Tower—Ten Buddhist Statues.

Mount Emei Tickets:

Admission Ticket: 150 RMB

Cableway of Jinding Tower: 120 RMB. It charges 65RMB if you just take the cable going up and 55RMB for going down from the tower.

Baoguo Temple: 10 RMB

Huacang Temple: 10 RMB

Fuhu Temple: 10 RMB

How to get to the Mount Emei

By Plane: Take a plane to get to Chengdu, then transfer to the tour bus.

By train: Visitors from Xichang, Panzhihua, Kunming, Chengdu, Xi An, Beijing and other places can get off at the Emei stop of the Line Chengkun. Mount Emei scenic zone is just 10 kilometers away from the train station.

By bus: The Mount Emei is 169 kilometers away from Chengdu. It costs two and a half hours to get there. In Chengdu, Xinnanmen Tour Bus Station has the most tour buses to go to Mount Emei. Leshan is quite near the Mount Emei. The distance is just 34 kilo meters. Bus between them leaves every thirty minutes. The ticket price is 11RMB. The latest bus is around six o’clock. If you take a taxi, it costs fifty to sixty RMB.

By boat: You can take a boat to get to Leshan and go to Mount Emei from there.

On the Mount Emei: from Baoguo Temple Passenger to Wuxian Parking Area: 20 RMB to go up and 20 RMB to come down.

From Baoguo Temple Passenger to Leidong Lawn Parking Area: 40 RMB to go up and 30 RMB to go down

From Baoguo Temple Passenger to Wannian Lawn Parking Area: 20 RMB to go up and 20 RMB to go down.

The bus leaves each twenty minutes. You can get on the bus at any place of the three Parking Areas.

Attention:

  1. Cold: The highest peak is 3099 meters high and the temperature is under 10℃. Climbers should take more clothes.
  2. Rain: The mists stays around the mountain the whole day, climbers need umbrellas or raincoats.
  3. Slip: The roads are split on the Mount Emei and it is dangerous for people, visitors should not wear slippery shoes.
  4. If you want to take part in the one-day tour, you have to make sure the travel lines are safe. Because the travel lines have A and B. The A line just goes to the Golden Peak, whereas the B line will take you to the scenic spots which include; the Wannian Temple, White Dragon Cave, Qingyin Pavilion, a thread of sky and the monkey zone. If you want to see all the scenic spots, it will take 2 or 3 days.
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Mount Xixiang

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

Mount Xixiang is in the middle section of Mount Emei. It is two thousand, one hundred meters above the sea level. It is said to be the place where Buddha washes white elephants. In Chinese, ‘Xixiang’ means washing elephants. At the night of the Mount Xixiang, the moonlight is clear and beautiful. The moonlight on […]

Mount Xixiang is in the middle section of Mount Emei. It is two thousand, one hundred meters above the sea level. It is said to be the place where Buddha washes white elephants. In Chinese, ‘Xixiang’ means washing elephants. At the night of the Mount Xixiang, the moonlight is clear and beautiful. The moonlight on the Mount Xixiang is among the top ten views in Mount Emei. You will definitely have a truely special experience, if you can camp on the mountain on the full moon night.

When it is night time, clouds and frogs disperse. The sky is dark blue. It is fairly quiet and very comfortable when there is a breeze. The moon is in the high place and shines brightly. Cedars are very high and the leaves wave lightly with the breeze. Architectures like; Daxiong Palace, Banyue Stage, Mount Xixiang, Chuxi Pavilion and Yinyue Building look pretty solemn at night. The appearance of the Temple Xixiang seems like an elephant head. The palace is its forehead. The two Rooms besides the palaces are two ears of the elephant. Stone stairs of the Bayue Stage are like the nose of the elephant. All this cannot be this way if it is just a coincidence. That must be a special design made by architects.

Mount Emei (Emei Shan)

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Wanfo Peak

On August 25, 2011, in Historical Relics, Mountain Areas, Popular Provinces, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Wanfo Peak is the highest peak of Mount Emei. The height of the Wanfo Peak above sea level is three thousand and nighty-nine meters. In Chinese, ‘Wanfo’ means the mountain is protected by ten thousand Buddhas. Wanfo Peak area is very natural and ecological. The attractions include; Wanfo Pavilion, Cuckoo Wood, Black Bear Gulf and […]

Wanfo Peak is the highest peak of Mount Emei. The height of the Wanfo Peak above sea level is three thousand and nighty-nine meters. In Chinese, ‘Wanfo’ means the mountain is protected by ten thousand Buddhas. Wanfo Peak area is very natural and ecological. The attractions include; Wanfo Pavilion, Cuckoo Wood, Black Bear Gulf and much more. The Wanfo Pavilion is twenty-one meters high. It is magnificent and solemn. There is an ancient bell on the top floor of the pavilion. It is said that’s the bell people can make a wish by striking it. There are some rules about the striking times. Usually the bell is stroked one hundred and eight times. It is said in Buddhism that one hundred and eight times of striking will help people get rid of worries and anxieties. The bell is on the top of the Wanfo Peak. The Wanfo Peak is the highest place in Mount Emei. That makes the bell the highest one on the mountain. There is also a gold Buddhist statue in the Wanfo Peak. It is the highest Buddhist statue in the world. The statue is forty-eight meters high and six hundred and sixty tons in weight. It is made of a stage and ten Buddha statues. The stage is six meters high, twenty-seven meters long, and twenty-seven meters wide. The appearances of the ten Buddha statues are decorated by granite relieves. The ten Buddha statues weigh 350 tons.

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Qingyin Pavilion

On August 25, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Shanghai, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Qingyin Pavilion is on the way to Mount Emei where visitors climb and go down the mountain. Qingyin Pavilion and Longmen Cave are called the two beauties in the Mount Emei. Opposite the Qingyin Pavilion, there are green mountains and a steam of clear water. There are two bridges one on the left and the […]

Qingyin Pavilion is on the way to Mount Emei where visitors climb and go down the mountain. Qingyin Pavilion and Longmen Cave are called the two beauties in the Mount Emei. Opposite the Qingyin Pavilion, there are green mountains and a steam of clear water. There are two bridges one on the left and the other on the right hand side of the pavilion. They are like wings of a bird. The name of this bridge is called ‘Shuangfei Bridge’, because in ‘fei’ means flying in Chinese. Water in the right hand side of the river is dark. It originates from Heilong Pond under the Jiulong Cave. It is also called Heilong River. Water in the river of the left hand side is clearer. It comes from Sancha River under the Gongbei Mountain. The two rivers hit the Niuxin Stone, but they cannot wash it away. Qingyin Lake is just around the Qingyin Pavilion, covering an area of 30,000 square meters. The lake is green and clear. Trees around the lake are big and green. It is very cool in summer and autumn. Qingyin Pavilion is a perfect summer resort. Even during the spring and winter months, it is not cold there.

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