Mount Emei

Map of Mount Emei
Map of Mount Emei (Click to enlarge)

Mount Emei, aka Mt. Emei or Emeishan Mountain, 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 Mount Emei 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 Mount Emei was enlisted in the world natural and cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

Landscape on Mount Emei

Golden Summit of Mount Emei
Golden Summit
 Mount Emei Pictures

Emeishan Mountain 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 Mount Emei 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.

Emeishan History

Mount 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.

Mount Emei, Leshan
Emeishan Mountain, Leshan
Wannian Temple, Mount Emei
Wannian Temple

Entrance Fee

High Season (Jan.16 – Dec.14) Low Season (Dec.15 – Jan.15)
Mount Emei CNY 160 CNY 110
Baoguo Temple CNY 8
Fuhu Temple CNY 10
Wannian Temple CNY 10

Opening Hours

Jan.16 – Dec.14: 6:00 - 18:30
Dec.15 – Jan.15: 7:00 - 17:50

Best Time to Visit

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)

How to get to Mount Emei 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 Mount 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.

How to get to Mount Emei 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 Mount Emei is not located in Emeishan City area and one should confirm the driver will send you to the mountain scenic area before boarding.

How to travel around the scenic area

Sightseeing Bus:
Stations: Attractions to Visit:
Baoguo Temple Passenger Transportation Center Baoguo Temple,  Emeishan 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
Dates 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)

Further Reading

- Last updated on May. 23, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Mount Emei
Asked by valerie from AUSTRALIA | May. 23, 2021 00:34Reply
is there any place to leave my luggage at mount emei or the train station at emeishan thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Adalyn | May. 23, 2021 18:58

Don't worry. You can left your luggage at Tourist Service Center of Mount Emei.
Asked by Hector from MEXICO | Dec. 11, 2020 18:09Reply
About monasteries on the trek
I'm planning to do the three day climb on december 31-january 2 of the mountain and expect to sleep in some of the monasteries on the way. My question is: should I try to book these in advance? should i be worried about availability? i'm just worried that it's gonna be cold and with no place to sleep. Also, what should be the price range to expect so I can bargain
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Vanessa | Dec. 14, 2020 22:13

Well, as I know, it is suggested to book these in advance. But I don't know the exact booking ways. Maybe you can ask help for the hotel staff or Chinese friends.
Asked by STEVEN BERGER from USA | Dec. 22, 2019 12:11Reply
Staying 2 nights at Mt Emei after visiting Leshan
We want to travel from Chengdu to visit the Leshan Buddha on April 17 and then spend the 17th and 18th at Mt. Emei returning to Chengdu on the 19th. Should we book one night near Baoguo temple and the other at Leidongping or 2 nights at Leidingpong? Or perhaps another option?
Answers (1)
Answered by Benny from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 24, 2019 19:54

Your plans both sound great. May you have a wonderful trip!
Asked by chain from THAILAND | Dec. 15, 2019 07:05Reply
The train from Shuangliu Airport to Emeishan all schedule was sold out?
The train from Shuangliu Airport to Emeishan all schedule was sold out from online ticket. I'm not sure that the train stop for some reason or not? Why the period on 22 Dec 2019 - 13 Jan 2020 was sold out?
Answers (1)
Answered by Claire from USA | Dec. 17, 2019 19:54

According to the website shows, the ticket of December 22 will be sold on December 21.
Asked by JY from SINGAPORE | Dec. 01, 2019 13:24Reply
Train frequency from Chengdu to Mt Emei in end Dec

I'm looking to get train tickets from Chengdu to Emei station on 29 Dec, however it shows 2 train scheduled for the whole day. is that right?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mona from CANADA | Dec. 04, 2019 18:55

The train from Chengdu East Railway Station to Mt Emei departs at 6:12, 7:07, 9:28, 11:00, 12:32, 16:25, 17:01 and 19:09.
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