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 modified on Nov. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Mount Emei
Asked by Eric Tan from SINGAPORE | Nov. 04, 2019 22:43Reply
Mt Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha
Is it possible to visit Mt Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha within a single day or do I need to stay overnight somewhere to cover the 2 places.
Answers (1)
Answered by Noah from CANADA | Nov. 06, 2019 00:15

One day is too tight to tour around these two mountains. You are suggested to stay at one mountain for one night and tour the other one next day.
Asked by Smurfling from SINGAPORE | Oct. 24, 2019 00:15Reply
I am spending 3 days and 2 nights in one of the Leidongping hotels.
However, the entrance tickets are only valid for 2 days. Does that mean that I mean to purchase the ticket for the 3rd day again?
Answers (1)
Answered by Justin from CANADA | Oct. 27, 2019 18:45

Yes, I think so.
Asked by Carol from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 11, 2019 07:22Reply
How long it takes to get down from Leidongping to Emeishan Train Station
We will be putting up a night at the Mingshan Hotel at Leidongping parking Lot . We have a Monday 9am train to catch the next day from Emeishan train Station. Not sure if we can make it in time and how early we must leave the hotel. Please advise how long it takes to come down from Leidongping on Monday morning. I assume the cable car takes 40 mins but walking, etc..?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Miles from GERMANY | Oct. 11, 2019 19:23

Generally speaking, you need to spend around 2.5 hours from Leidongping to the foot of Emeishan. Then take a taxi to the railway station. It will take around 15 mins on the way.
Asked by Simon from FRANCE | Oct. 01, 2019 02:54Reply
Luggage storage in Mt. Emei
Hello there ,
I simply would like to know if there are any kind of luggage storage at the entrance of mount emei so that we can deposit our stuff for the one or two days of climbing ?
Thanks a lot
Answers (1)
Answered by Gant from USA | Oct. 09, 2019 18:35

You can store your luggage in the tourist center of Baoguo temple.
Asked by Jenny | Sep. 28, 2019 18:58Reply
Transport from Chengdu International airport to Emeishan
Our flight arrived at 1.40pm at shuangliu airport and we would like to go straight to Emeishan. Please advise how long does it take (incl the shuttle bus) to get from T1 to T2 (where the train station is). There is a train departing 15:07 and 16:42. We are thinking of purchasing the ticket for 16:42 as we don't think we can make the 15:07 departure.

Are 7 seater taxi easily available for hire to drive to Emeishan for 4 pax with luggages and how much would it cost? How long would it take? How are the road to Emeishan? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Richard from USA | Oct. 07, 2019 18:24

The distance is around 1km between T1 and T2. You can take metro line 10, take free shuttle bus or walk to there. Yes, the high speed train of 16:42 can take you directly to Emeishan. And it is the most convenient and fastest way. The 7-seat taxi is rarely seen and you can only take 4-seat taxi. But I don't think there is driver willing to take you to there.
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