Mount Emei is a piece of Heaven on Earth. On our first trip to Sichuan, unfortunately we skipped visiting this mountain. But this year, we decided to spend a few days here.
Emei Shan is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China, also the highest of these four. From the moment I arrived at the city station, I sensed a very peaceful atmosphere around and I just knew, this was going to be something different. Just a few things to mention: we slept in a Buddhist monastery, had some memorable encounters with wild monkeys, met some really nice people out in the wild, tasted the freshest tea ever, relaxed in a hot spring under the night sky. (My husband has a more detailed blog entry about it so if you like reading, you’ll find it here: https://petermolnar.net/sichuan-mount-emei/ )
Can't see much of the fog but it was time for the azalea blooming as well.
The Golden Summit was a huge disappointment for us as it was fully covered of clouds. But here's an elephant.
Starting our hike down from 3000m. Spotted this man who was carrying this gigantic pack of beverages to the next monastery I suppose.
Looking back on my way. Yes, I knew that someone was behind me! 😀
Monkey family staring into the void at the Elephant Bathing Pool.
The Elephant Bathing Pool itself.
Wake-up call at the monastery.
Early morning view at the monastery where we spent the night.
Like a Chinese brush painting.
Entering another monkey zone.
Like an Escher painting.
Like-minded people. Wish I could join them.
Trekking the Wannian route.
A local farmer's shop.
Tasting 2 types of green tea and some hong cha. 🙂
The adorable daughter of the tea farmer. We gave her a Kinder chocolate. She didn't like it. 😀
That cat chose a perfect place to live.
Playing with tea leaves.
Peach flower and the thousand year old elephant statue
Wondering what they're gossipping about.
Such a cute moth!
That's how monks and nuns climb the 3000 m high mountain.