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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 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

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan April 26th 2009

New Chinese Proverb says…”Man who walk up mountain with large back packs very silly when he can walk down mountain in suit and dress shoes… and so was our experience on Mt Emei as we approached the Qingyin Pavilion. Two Kiwi’s walking up a couple of thousand steps carrying full backpacks for 2 hours and 5,000 Chinese coming downhill, having taken the Cable Car to the top. We arrived into Emei Shan, more particularly the Teddy Bear Hotel late on 23rd April. The accommodation was amazing for the price and standard (200rmb for a twin room). The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. We had originally planned to only spend 1 night here and then a night on the mountain but due to Brent’s continuing chest infection we decided to spend an additional night calling ahead ... read more
Tibetan Macaques
The Golden Summit Buddha
Mt Emei

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan April 9th 2009

Wowwwwwwwww ! Uno de los dias mas especiales !!! Inicia a las 6:30 am....11:00am con el best travel buddy ever !!! 2:20 pm... gracias al cielo existe el "cable car" ...3:15pm... WoWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, me miras a mi? si... well done !!! Subiendo el monte Emei...6 horas caminando y caminando, con un macaco tibetano como guia del camino, el mejor de los silencios mas ensordecedores del mundo, ataque de mosquitos, y el azul mas perfecto en el cielo, mezcla perfecta para llegar al tope de la monta;a y ver que todo el esfuerzo valio la pena (aunque durante todo el camino no sabia exactamente que era lo que habia en el tope jejejeje) menos mal el viaje estaba suuuuuuper planeado !!! ... read more
Golden Summit
Macaco Tibetano
Emei Shan

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan March 18th 2009

16th March 2009 - Continued... After arriving in the town of Emei Shan at 6pm, we took a taxi to our hostel for the night where we shared ideas with other travellers on our best route for the following day. Emei Shan is one of four Buddhist mountains, reaching a peak of 3,099 metres (which is 10,167 feet, and according to Wikipedia, twice the size of Ben Nevis.) The route to the top is scattered with monasteries and temples which you can stop into depending on your route. Because of time allowances, our aim was to reach the peak by the second morning in order to watch the sunrise. This meant that instead of the three day recommended route, we would have to customise our trip to be as efficent and beautiful in the time we ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan September 22nd 2008

Our last day in Chengdu involved nothing more than recovering from our massages and treating ourselves to the Sichuanese delicacy: "HotPot". (For those who are uneducated in the ways of HotPot, please see the text at the end of the blog) Now anyone who has even met Dave, will know of his love for this dish. Penny's first HotPot however nearly ended in disaster. A piece of beef slipped from the hold of her chopsticks and splashed scolding hot chilli oil into her eye. As if that wasn't bad enough, the insuing panic caused her to suck a sprig of Sichuan Peppercorns (similar to the regular type but with spicy and narcotic undertones) down the wrong hole. Her entire throat tingled and numbed, tears streaked her flushed cheeks, her body began to tremor and she was ... read more
Dave at HotPot
Golden Summit - Emei Shan
Sea of Clouds - Emei Shan

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan August 6th 2008

(Day 124 on the road) To say it right up front: The plan to climb Emei Shan failed completely. From Lugu Lake, we took a bus across the border from Yunnan into Sichuan. The journey was a bit of a mixed blessing: It went through some amazing and remote scenery, but I was sick for about half of the eight hour journey due to the endless bends and the bad condition of the road. Unfortunately, I was also not able to take any pictures for this part of the trip as the road was much too bumpy, but try to imagine a road running right on the edge of a deep gorge, a big muddy river far below, and all this surrounded by lush green peaks. Amazing! After spending the night and the next morning in ... read more
On the cable car before dawn
"No Spitting" sign on the train

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 18th 2007

Made it to Leshan by 3PM. As soon as I got off the bus I was attacked by men who wanted me to take their taxi. I negotiated with them down to 15 Yuan from their start of 30 CNY (ps…CNY=RMB=Yuan)…I then realized that I needed to leave my bags at the bus station according to advice from Melanie and Mike. When inside inquiring, the nice woman also mentioned that I could take a bus to Leshan for 1CNY. Obviously, that was the best option so I left the taxi driver who was not happy about it. Since I arrived so late, I only had time to do the boat tour to see the Grand Buddha (Dafo). Which to be honest, was totally fine. By the looks of it, even at 4PM the stairs to get ... read more
me and a monkey
the view
at the peak

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan October 12th 2007

From Chengdu we went to Emei shan, another one of the sacred mountains in China. Spent 5-6 hours walking the lower region of the mountain. It was luscious, green and fresh. So relaxing to be away from the busy city streets, not a car in sight or a horn to be heard. In many areas on the beautiful mountain, numerous monkeys live. The main aim of the day was to see them! For most of our day we were alone, treking up and down the steps leading the way. We stayed at the foot of the mountain, in Teddy Bear Hostel, a little cold as there was a cold front travelling across China, but perfect weather for a good days exercise! ... read more
How many steps?!!
Now that's what you call bamboo!
There is a name for this.

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan September 14th 2007

After my monkey troubles, I continued my hike upwards. Emei is one tough hike. The entire way up Emei is by stairs. I think on this one trip alone, I had walked up more flights of stairs than my entire life combined. A rough estimate is to say that there are six to seven steps per meter, multiply that by roughly three thousand meters, and you have roughly eighteen to twenty one thousand steps. Which, actually understates it because there are parts where you go back down and then up again. Whatever the case, there's no need to take the elevator anymore, walking up the stairs at work will seem to be a piece of cake from now on. Several temples dot the trail up to the top. In the heavy fog, stumbling upon a temple ... read more
Woot! I made it!
Dragon Fish
Burning incense and candles




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