Blogs from Emei Shan, Sichuan, China, Asia - page 2


Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan November 23rd 2010

This weekend, on Saturday at 9:30 in the morning, our usual PLU mishmash group got on a bus to Leshan and E'mei Shan. First we visited the Leshan Buddha. It was a lot more crowded and touristy than I remembered. After we took pictures of Buddha's head, we had to wait in line for a long time. The whole while I kept hearing "laowai, laowai, waiguoren..." and cameras snapping. (foreigner, foreigner) We pushed and shoved our way to the railing to take pictures all the way down. Then, when we got to the bottom, we had to climb back up. But we didn't have to wait in line for that. And it wasn't as tall as I remembered either. We walked around the temple at the top, recently remodeled. The next day they were choosing a ... read more
a specialty dish
western style
a tea farm we stopped at

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

I travelled from Chendu to Emei Shan in the south on the morning of Nov 22. I thought I had bought a bus ticket to Baogou, the town at the base of the mountain and where my hotel was. Instead, the ticket office had sold me a ticket to Emei town, about 6.5km away. I got off the bus quite confused about where I was and how to get to my hotel. I was immediately surrounded by women try to sell me a taxi bus ticket to Baogou. They started at 30RMB, but because I stalled, saying I need to check my guide, the price kept dropping. I would rather they had left me alone but they kept circling and trying to talk to me. When the price was 10RMB and I had figured out where ... read more

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

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

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