About Emei Shan
Emei Shan (Mount Emei) is amongst the holiest of Buddhist sites with a history stretching 2,000 years. It was here that China’s first ever Buddhist temple was built and it is on the mountain of Emei Shan that one can still find thirty temples as well as the famous Giant Buddha of Leshan, the largest in the world.
Today, hikers tend to spend three days exploring the historical and natural wonders of Emei Shan. Amongst the highlights of the tour is the oldest surviving temple building on the mountain, Wannian Si. Built in 1611, it contains a famed golden statue of the Buddhist enlightener Puxian. Visitors also clamour to see the beautiful Qingyin Ge, the vast Ming dynasty bell of the temple of Baonguo Si – said to the audible for 10 miles – and, of course, the stunning views from the Golden Summit which rises to over 10,000 feet.
Emei Shan has been a World Heritage site since 1996, with UNESCO describing it as “one of the four holy lands of Chinese Buddhism”.
It’s worth mentioning the monkeys found at Emei Shan which are known for their aggressive behaviour.