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 Jan. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Mt. Emei
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 (1)
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.
Asked by Paulo Coelho from PORTUGAL | Jan. 07, 2019 10:15Reply
Is there a bus from Leidongping Station to Wannian Temple Station or you need to go back to Baoguo ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kaitlyn from CANADA | Jan. 08, 2019 01:31

Yes, as I know, there are several sightseeing buses that can take you there directly. You don't need to go back to Baoguo Temple.
Asked by Alan Wong from SINGAPORE | Dec. 04, 2018 16:39Reply
I plan to go Chengdu in two weeks time. Is it too cold to go to summit of Mt Emei?
How long does it take to climb to the summit and is the climb arduous? Thank you!

Answers (1)
Answered by Wolowitz from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 04, 2018 18:54

It would be very cold in the mountain and even reaches below zero degree. Take the thick down coat with you. Different routes require different time and it needs about 16 hours at least. The climb would be very tired. You can choose to take the cable car.
Asked by Yong from THAILAND | Nov. 20, 2018 11:19Reply
What time the first shuttle bus start to leave from Baoguosi Bus station to Leidongping Bus Station?
And do I need to buy return bus ticket or just buy it when I come back from Leidongping Bus Station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Delaney from GERMANY | Nov. 22, 2018 00:42

At present, the first bus departs at 07:00 and you don't need to buy return bus ticket in advance.
Asked by AJ from THAILAND | Nov. 15, 2018 10:09Reply
How many days you can use for Emeishan Ticket for all the stations: 90RMB ?
Hi, I have some question about shuttle bus
• How many days you can use for "Ticket for all the stations: 90RMB" ?
• Can i take bus from Baoguosi - Leidongping on the 1st day
and 2nd day Leidongping - Wannian + Wuxiangang - Baoguosi with only one 90RMB ticket ?

Ticket Price of Mount Emei Shuttle Bus:
Baoguosi Bus station - Wuxiangang Bus Station: 20RMB
Baoguosi Bus station - Wangniansi Bus Station: 20RMB
Baoguosi Bus station - Leidongping Bus Station: 50RMB
Ticket for all the stations: 90RMB
Answers (1)
Answered by Julius from USA | Nov. 15, 2018 22:14

The ticket for all stations is just for CNY90 and valid in 2 days.
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