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Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 31st 2010

Sun 31 / 10 E'mai Shun To day was to be one of the highlights of the tour with a day trip to UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area of E'mai Mountain to view the Golden Summit It was a relaxing 06:30 wake-up call with no requirement to 'Pack and go' for a hotel change as it was a simple day tour starting at 08:30to and back to this Hua Sheng Hotel. With the weathe some what chilly it was time for layers upon layers It was a short hop to the entrance to the entrance to the park then a change to Park buses for the 2 hr drive up the very steep and winding road to the base of the walking path with a heavy overcast fog that restricted visibility to the yellow ... read more
DSC00260 Preparing to walk after lunch
DSC00262 Walking up the hill
DSC00272 Clear skies at the Golden Summit

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 10th 2010

By the time we arrived in Emei from Ya’an we checked into our hotel in the foothills of Mount Emei just to be told the chef had gone home & it was too late for us to eat, so our guide suggested taking us to a local restaurant “Don’t be put off from the way the restaurants look on the outside the food is really good” said the guide, I was a little worried but trusted her judgement, first of all we had to check into our room. We were given the key to our room & when I opened the door it felt as though I was walking back outside, I could hear crickets & other animals like they were inside the room “I hope they haven’t left the windows open” I said to Nikki, ... read more
Candles on the steps leading to Buddhist Temple
View of Phoenix Lake from our hotel room
Near our hotel

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan August 3rd 2010

hey guys so i have to try and be really speedy less than 10 mins left of net time so here goes ( excuse the usual typos) first thanks soo much for all ur messages bnat and i love them and they deffo bring us a bit of home making us very happy and smiley and sure u can all imagine nats "cutttttttttttttttttttttteeeeeee" with every message haha. so were still in chengdu leavig tonight to xi'an r first reall stop on the tourist path to see the terricota warriors we have seen the pandas here which were very cute but those of u who did geog with us will no how much mrs gilman hated them and have to admit she was kinda rite they r really stupid !!! then we met some awsome guys from ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan June 22nd 2010

Since we left the Tibetan plateau everything has changed. The scenery is still beautiful but round every bend there seems to be another factory churning out clouds of black smoke and contributing to the thin veil of smog hanging in the air. The fields of barley and oil seed rape have been replaced by acres of fresh green rice paddies. Every inch of land is used for food production - even on the twisty turning mountain roads the grass verge is full of maize plants. It's hot and humid. The towns are bigger, there's more traffic, the road junctions are more complicated - some are more than a match for Spaghetti Junction. We even have motorways now although motorbikes aren't allowed on them. It all has more of an urban feel to it. We're also back ... read more
its still spectacular scenery but we no longer have the roads to ourselves
rice paddies complete with roadside maize and the ubiquitous smoking chimney
speed warning Chinese style

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan May 10th 2010

Emei shan, or Mt. Emei, is one of China's holiest Buddhist sites. This 3000-meter high mountain in Sichuan province is home to countless monasteries and pavilions, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. I have been whining about how much I want to go to Emei shan for several months. Finally, my friends said "just go already," so I booked a flight to Chengdu, packed up my first aid kit, laced up my hiking boots, and set off. To the amusement and gentle scorn of my friends, I take my first aid kit on almost all of my trips - I'm the first to admit I'm a hypochondriac. But in my defense: the laughter stops when one of those same friends comes crying to me for rubbing alcohol, band-aids, and ice ... read more
The Aftermath
Sunrise on Emei shan
The Line for the Bus to Emei


Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 31st 2009

This was one crazy hard climb, 10hours over 2 days and 40km almost straight up with a stay in a monastery in between. At 3000m on he golden summit watching the sunrise nothing would have stopped me getting there. so after 3hours on a bus and a night in the crappiest hotel on earth called teddy bear hotel, i must have killed 40 nah 50 mozzys before i had even had chance to take my bag off my back! then after a bus journey to the nearest station to the mountain i opted to walk up for about 40mins to the first temple rather than pay for a cable car...big mistake! after two hours of walking up wandering why the cable car was going the other directing i had to admit i might have been a ... read more
more mist
last mountain shot i promise
trees n shizz

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 13th 2009

Day 469: Sunday 11th October - Over the border into Sichuan We arrive in Chongqing at 3am. I know because the ship sounds its horn, collides into the dock with some force and there is a lot of shouting outside. I go back to sleep and wake up at 6am as we have to get off the boat at 6:30am. Riley is staying in Chongqing for a few days but I can find nothing of interest in my travel literature which could persuade me to do the same. It sounds like just another drab Chinese city, and in my brief time there it looks as it sounds. It is famous for its hotpot but I’m sure I can try that in neighbouring Sichuan province. It is also incorrectly quoted in some sources as being the largest ... read more
1. Jin at the start of the climb on Emei Shan
8. A foggy first day on Emei Shan
10. Clouds rolling in over Emei Shan

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 4th 2009

Hey all, Sorry I haven't posted anything in a couple weeks, but, y'know, typical excuses like busy classes etc. I'm all well, rest assured. I try to update everyone on my life here as much as possible, but also keep in mind that I'm pretty busy here, and not on the internet often, so don't get yourself worried every time I go a week or more without posting a sizable blog or sending out personal e-mails. I'm trying my best to keep in touch, but I need to sleep too, haha A couple quick, but major points: Because the semester here ends Jan. 30, and my semester at ASU starts Jan. 19 for spring, I was confronted with a tough choice--go through the procedure of extending my stay here another semester, and therefore have a few ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 4th 2009

峨眉山,第二天 (EMei Mountain, day 2) Woke up from a decent sleep just before 7, although I was woken up once during the night by some other guy in the room whose snotty snores kept all of us up more or less. I was the first up this day, and decided to wander the temple and grounds with my camera for a while. The entire monastery was shrouded in fog. Pictures were inadequate, and what a Buddhist monastery shrouded in fog at dawn in China looks and feels like, I have to just preserve that memory. I returned as the others awoke, and we just talked for a bit, mostly complaining about the snotty snoring guy, and then packed up and headed out into the misty daybreak shortly after 8, just in time to miss breakfast at ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan April 30th 2009

Dear friends, Today we are going for a two day trip to the Giant Buddha in Leshan en the holy mountain Mount Emei. The weather is rather good, but during our way to the top of the mountain Emei (3200 metres) it became foggy and rainy. To reach the top of the mountain takes a long time. First a two and a half drive by special bus, then you have to walk and climb many stairs for around 45 minutes and then by cable car to the top of the mountain. When we were in the cable car, the last two hundred meters before we reach the top, the clouds broke and it was sunny at the top of the mountain. This is an unique experience. The next day we went further to the top (at ... read more
Fog, fog and fog
Boats to the Giant Buddha
Lot of Chinese people on the boat

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