Steeped in history and set amidst breathtaking natural beauty, Mount Emei is a site that holds much cultural importance in China. Located in the Sichuan province, Mount Emei is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was where the country’s first Buddhist temple was constructed. There are a wide array of temples, monasteries and holy sites here that are well worth visiting and exploring, offering hours of adventure for those looking to make their ascent up this famed mountain.
Travellers heading here should definitely check out the amazing sight that is the Giant Buddha of Leshan which dates back to the 8th century. Spanning a height of around 71 metres, it is the world’s largest Buddha and is well worth seeing. There is much more to see and do at Mount Emei and among the sites one can visit include the 4th century Wannian Temple which is home to the Puxian bronze Buddha, the Qingyin Pavilion, the Ligou Garden and the Baoguo Temple.
Part of China’s Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains, Mount Emei is considered a place of enlightenment and provides a perfect place to meditate amidst silence and natural landscapes. In fact the natural beauty that surrounds the site is part of its allure. Set amidst ancient trees, some of which date back over 1,000 years, Mount Emei also has around 200 species of plants as well as a fascinating array of wildlife that add to the site’s charm. On your adventures you may come across Tibetan Macaques, which can be fed nuts bought from local vendors. The Emei Music Frog and the bird known as the Emei Shan Liocichla are also to be found here.
One of the most awe-inspiring sights to be witnessed when visiting would be the Clouds Sea as seen from the Golden Summit as well as the sunrise vistas which offer an unforgettable trip to this holiest of sites. Those wanting to visit this attraction and looking for a well placed Sichuan hotel should consider Anantara Emei Resort & Spa, China since it is ideally located at Mount Emei’s base. This Emeishan hotel also offers private excursions to this mountain which take you to some of its highlights.