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4 Days to Leshan Buddha & Mt. Emei

Attention: According to the official news, the Wannian Cable Car running between the parking lot to the Wannian Temple in Mt. Emei is under renovating from Oct 28, 2017 to Apr 10, 2018. During this period, travelers have to make an average hike around one hour up to the temple. You may also choose to visit the Golden Summit instead to avoid the hiking.
Day 1 Chengdu - Leshan - Mt. Emei
Leshan Giant Buddha
The intercity high-speed train is the best choice to Leshan from Chengdu. The train is available hourly and we suggest that you take the one leaving at 09:04 to arrive at Leshan railway station at 10:16. Then change to bus 3 to reach Leshan Giant Buddha scenic area. The train ticket is CNY51 per person for the second class seat. Alternatively, you could also take a long-distance bus from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Leshan Xiaoba Bus station, and then change to city bus 13 to this site. The bus journey is near 2.5 hours and the ticket costs CNY47 per person.

The grand Buddha is 71 meters high, carved into a cliff face overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers. It is hard to see all of it if you stand on the ground. Our suggestion is to take a boat ride to the center of river to have a best view of the great Buddha. When the boat is round the corner, the gigantic Buddha suddenly comes into view, you will be in awe of it, even if you are not a Buddhist. The admission fee is CNY90 (Excluding CNY70 for a boat trip). If you are interested, you could also walk down the stairs to the bottom of the Buddha and then walk back up. However, it is not very easy as the stairs are uneven and steep. Try to avoid there in Chinese holidays; otherwise you will wait in line maybe for hours. If you cannot, just go earlier before the big crowds.

After that, continue your journey to Mt. Emei. Take the regular bus from Leshan Xiaoba Bus station to Emeishan Tourism Bus Center (Baoguo Temple Bus Station) at the foot of Mt. Emei. Ticket fare is CNY11. The bus departs once fully occupied from 07:30 to 18:00. After about one hour, you will reach Mt. Emei and find a hotel or hostel at the foot of the mountain. There are many choices. If you still have time, you can visit the nearby Baoguo Temple (CNY8 per person). The entry ticket of Mt. Emei is CNY185 from Jan 15th to Dec 14th and CNY110 for other time.
Day 2 Mt. Emei
After breakfast, you may catch the sightseeing bus to Wuxiangang Parking lot and start your approximate 16 kilometers hike to the half way of the mountain, Xixiangchi (Elephant-Bathing Pool). It is a beautiful hike and paved the whole way, but the thousands upon thousands of stone stairs make it fairly challenging. So it is recommended to have a good breakfast and take comfortable clothes and sneakers. Along the way, you will visit the Qingyin Pavilion, Wannian Temple, Huayan Peak and other temples. Beware of the cheeky wild monkeys who might give you a surprise. You may try a vegetarian lunch at one of the temple. Tonight you can stay at Xixiangchi Temple or a nearby guesthouse.
Day 3 Mt. Emei
Wannian Temple
Today continue your itinerary to Leidongping, Jieyin Palace and up to the top Golden Summit. This section is about 15 kilometers long. Prepare for a lot of walking and countless stairs. You can buy a bamboo walking stick if you are tired. However, the beauty along the whole way up make worth of it, the monasteries, monks, river, changing forest, monkeys and local people. Stay at the hotels or monasteries on the summit. Check the perfect watching spot for tomorrow's sunrise.
Day 4 Mt. Emei - Chengdu
Get up earlier and enjoy the beautiful sunrise which is one of the four spectacles of the mountain. The temperature on the top gets lower; you may rent a coat if you are cold. After that, head back to Leidongping and take the sightseeing bus back to Baoguo Temple area. The bus takes around 2 hours. Then take a taxi to Emeishan station, and get on the high speed train back to Chengdu East or South stations in one hour and 20 minutes. The train ticket fare is CNY65 for the second class seat. Or you may take the long distance bus at Baoguo Temple Bus station and back to Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus station. Its duration is about 2.5 - 3 hours and ticket fare is CNY51.
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