Mt. Emei

Map of Mt. Emei
Map of Mt. Emei (Click to enlarge)

Mt. Emei is located in Leshan City, Sichuan Province. It is towering, beautiful, old and mysterious. It is like a huge green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. Looking its winding and beautiful figure, you will find that it resembles very much an eyebrow of a girl. It is the highest one among all the famous sight-seeing mountains in China.

On the mountain there are four scenic regions: Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Golden Summit. Its main peak, the Golden Summit, is 3079.3 meters (10,103 feet) above the sea level, seemingly reaching the sky. Standing on the top of it, you can enjoy the snowy mountains in the west and the vast plain in the east. In addition in Golden Summit there are four spectacles: clouds sea, sunrise, Buddha rays and saint lamps. In 1996 Mt. Emei was enlisted in the world natural and cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

Golden Summit of Mt. Emei
Golden Summit
 Mt. Emei Pictures

Mt. Emei is a wondrous world. The trees are verdant almost all the year round; the waterfalls are splendid; the whole scenery is beautiful and quiet. The landscape varies according to the seasons, the height and the climate. The poet Tan Zhongyue living in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) once concluded the beautiful landscape in Emei Mountain into ten scenic sights. Today more and more new scenery has been discovered and given beautiful names such as Listen to the Spring beside the Tiger Brook, Plank Road above Longjiang River and Flying Waterfall Hanging over Dragon Gate. Go there and use your imagination, maybe you will discover a new sight by yourself.

Mt. Emei has a long history. According to the archaeological material, people in remote ancient times have lived in this place. As early as 5,000 years ago, the Emperor Xuanyuan paid two visits here to learn Tao thoughts. 1,900 years ago, a practitioner built the first monastery here, thus marked the mountain the birthplace of Buddhism in Yangtze Valley. Today the Buddhist culture has become the main body of Emei Culture. The Buddhist architecture, music, grottos and paintings in the mountain all reflect rich religious flavor and culture.

Mt.Emei, Leshan
Mt.Emei, Leshan
Wannian Temple, Mt.Emei
Wannian Temple

  About the ticket, Opening Hours and Best Visit Time:

Items: High Season (Jan.16 – Dec.14) Low Season (Dec.15 – Jan.15)
Entrance Fee: CNY 160 CNY 110
Baoguo Temple: CNY 8
Fuhu Temple: CNY 10
Wannian Temple: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 6:00 - 18:30 7:00 - 17:50
Best Time to Visit: Spring and Autumn

  Transportaion inside the scenic area:

Sightseeing Bus:
Stations: Attractions to Visit:
Baoguo Temple Passenger Transportation Center Baoguo Temple,  Mt. Emei Museum
Wuxiangang Staion Qingyin Pavilion, Yixiantian, Joking Monkey Zone
Wannian Temple Station Xixin Place, White Dragon Cave, Qingyin Pavilion

Dragon Cave Lake
Leidongping Station Jieyin Palace, Golden Summit
Time Running Time
Nov.  - Apr. 25 7:00-16:00,  every half an hour; every hour after 12:00
Apr. 26 - Oct. 30 7:00-17:00,  every half an hour
Chinese Public Holidays 5:00-17:00,  every ten minutes; every half an hour after 12:00
Cable Car
Time Price and Opening Hours
High Season (Jan.15 – Dec.14) Jinding Cable Car: CNY 65 (upper) / CNY 55 (lower)
Opening Hours: 5:30 - 18:00
Wannian Cable Car: CNY 65 (upper) / CNY 45 (lower)
Opening Hours: 6:40 - 18:00
Low Season (Dec.15 – Jan.14) Jinding Cable Car: CNY 30 (upper) / CNY 20 (lower)
Opening Hours: 7:30 - 18:00
Wannian Cable Car: CNY 30 (upper) / CNY 20 (lower)

 Transportation from Chengdu:
By Train: Take a Chengdu-Leshan-Emeishan Intercity High-Speed Train or Shuangliu Airport - Emeishan Train to Emeishan Station, and then change to bus 5A, 8  or tourism bus to this site. 
By Long-Distance Bus: Take a bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station to Emeishan Tourism Bus Center (Baoguo Temple Bus Station) at the foot of Mt. Emei, and then walk to the entrance. The bus departs once full occupied from 07:20 to 19:35. Its duration is about 2.5 - 3 hours and ticket fare is CNY51.

 Transportation from Leshan:
By Train: Take a train from Leshan Railway Station to Emeishan Station, and then transfer to bus to get here.
By Long-Distance Bus: Take a bus from Xiaoba Bus Station to Baoguo Temple Bus Station and then walk to the entrance. The bus departs once fully occupied from 07:30 to 18:00. Ticket fare is CNY11 and duration is about one hour.
By Chartered Bus: There are many private mini-buses sending passengers to this scenic spot from Leshan downtown or Giant Buddha scenic area. The fare is about CNY20-30 per passenger and duration is about one hour. Please note that Mt. Emei is not located in Emeishan City area and one should confirm the driver will send you to the mountain scenic area before boarding.

Further Reading:

Recommended Tours:
5 Days Sichuan Visit: Chengdu - Wolong/Bifengxia - Leshan Buddha - Mt. Emei
Beijing-Sichuan-Yunnan Tour: 14 Days Beijing - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong - Chengdu - Leshan - Mt. Emei - Chengdu - Lijiang - Dali - Kunming

- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Mt. Emei
Asked by ASTRID FELICIA PRASANTO from INDONESIA | May. 21, 2019 00:12Reply
Hi. Do you have any recommend for soaking in hot spring in emeishan?
How much is the price? Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Alicia from USA | May. 22, 2019 23:16

Lingxiu hot spring is a rarely-seen radon water hot spring. It is said to be useful to keep health. The fare is about CNY170/person.
Answered by Astrid from INDONESIA | May. 23, 2019 19:13

Tahnk you...
Asked by ASTRID FELICIA PRASANTO from INDONESIA | May. 17, 2019 00:22Reply
Is Emei Mountain ticket entrance fee consist of cable car and sight seeing bus fare?
Hi, if i have 1 full day in emeishan, what route is your recommend? Thanks
Answers (2)
Answered by Amy from USA | May. 19, 2019 22:44

No, it's just the entrance fee and you need to pay extra money for the cable car and sightseeing bus.

One day is a little tight, you can take bus to Leidongping Station and then walk to Jinyin Palace to take cable cars to visit the Golden summit. After visiting the sights on the peak, take cable cars down to the mountain and table bus to visit Baoguo temple and Fuhu Temple.
Answered by Astrid from INDONESIA | May. 20, 2019 21:15

Thank you
Asked by Dana from CHINA | May. 04, 2019 02:01Reply
Climbing Emeishan
Hi, I have a 4-day holiday next week, and was wondering how long would I need to climb to the Golden summit, and come back down? Is it possible to climb the front part of the the mountain (to see the most sights), sleep at the top (any recommendations for hotels, or is there just one?), and come back down the next day? How is the terrain? Is it in any way similar to Taishan (just steps, no wild paths/dirt roads)?
Many questions :) Thank you in advance for the reply!
Answers (1)
Answered by Bowen from CANADA | May. 06, 2019 23:30

1. If you don't take bus or cable cars, you may need two days to reach the peak.
2. There are several hotel at peak and Jin Ding Hotel (Yuexia Building) is recommended.
3. Yes, there are only steps, no dirty roads.
Asked by elizabeth from UNITED STATES | Mar. 23, 2019 21:35Reply
details how to go to Emai Shan from airport.
We are on a yatra to Tibet, and a few of us have morning of April 26 until April 30 in Chengdu. We would like to see the four aspects of the mountain. Specifically how do we go quickly from the international airport to the mountain, and how should we organize our schedule and lodgings so we see the beauty of the clouds and mountains as much as possible. we have to be at the Chengdu airport Holiday in by 5pm on April 30.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse from USA | Mar. 28, 2019 23:15

Hi, you can take a direct high speed train from the airport to Emei Shan. The train departs at 09:49, 10:19, 12:55, 14:08, 15:06, 16:43, 19:21 and 21:11. It takes about 1 hour to the mountain.

I'm not sure when you can get to the mountain. If you get there in the afternoon, you can choose to live in a hotel at the foot of mountain and climb the mountain the next morning. If you get there in the morning, you can choose to live on the Golden Summit.
Asked by Atahan from TURKEY | Mar. 17, 2019 01:31Reply
What time is the latest bus from leidongping to bougou?
My plan in mount emei is like below for 1 day
1. Stay overnight in a hotel in foot of mount emei
2. Get up early and enter scenic area
3. Take bus from bougou to wuxiangang. Visit qingying pavillion, monkey area and back to wuxiangang
4. Take bus to leidongping from wuxiangang and cable car to up for golden summit. Cable cae down to leidongping and take bus back to bougou.

So do you think it can be finished in 1 day?

When is the last bus from leidongping to bougou? And if i miss any other way to go back like taxi?

Thanks in advance
Answers (3)
Answered by Auburn from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 21, 2019 00:01

I am afraid that the time is not enough. The step 3 and step 4 you can choose one of them. You are suggested to spend 2 days to tour around the mountain area.

As I know, the latest bus schedule is at 18:00. There is no taxi. You'd better take the shuttle bus.
Answered by Atahan from TURKEY | Mar. 24, 2019 00:59

Auburn thanks for reply. Is there any website no matter chinese or not, showing the official timetable of leidongping bus schedules?
Answered by Auburn | Mar. 25, 2019 22:45

Well, the web link is not allowed to put here.
As I know, you can find the bus schedule at the official website of Emei Mountain.
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