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Comments : You can go up and down quite effortless by taking a
bus/cable car combination but to really enjoy the site, you have to be prepared
to walk and sweat a minimum...
What to do : Queue with the tourists for the cable car up or down or fight your way to the submit / Loose your breath by going up / Kill your knees by going down / Rest in monasteries / Negotiate with the monks for a reasonable price / Fight or feed monkeys / Shout with the Chinese at the sun / Try to distinguish something in the valley below between the clouds / Meets thousand years old trees /
What you may not like : Sweating too much / The admission fee / The hyper commercialism of the place / The traffic jam on the path / The concrete path with a lot of stairs / The freezing temperature at the submit / The very basic accommodations in monasteries and the high cost at the summit / The magnificent view of rubbish on one side of the mountain / The way the Chinese tourists enjoy a sunrise / The sight of poor colored-dressed monkeys / The aggressiveness of non-colored-non-dressed monkeys /
How to come here ? The train station is 3.5 km from Emei Town, itself 6.5 km from Baoguo Village, the base of the mountain. Frequent bus ply the road during the day, usually up to 18pm. By public transport from the Train Station to Emei Town, it should cost 1Y but you will have to walk 300 meter from the Station to the main road (exit straight, turn right and wait for a bus on the opposite side of the road). Once arrived at the bus station in Emei Town, take another public bus to Baoguo for 1Y (they go even if empty so it is worth waiting a bit for them) A lot of private bus will however try to persuade you to wait and to spend more...
Where to get infos ? At Teddy Bear Restaurant (5590135), on the right when you exit the Lian Yun Bus Station. Mr. He Yao Qing, the manager, speak English and will tailor you an itinerary according to your needs. He can also find you a good room, keep your bag (2Y per day), do your laundry or even bring you to his favorite swimming place... By the way, his restaurant also serve pancakes !
How long ? If you cheat, you can go up and down in one day. But if you wish to check the interesting behavior of the Chinese tourists at sunrise, you will have to spend one night at the summit. If you walk up and down, be prepared for at least 2 days of strenuous exercises, more likely 3 or 4. You can also consider taking the bus on the way up or down only.
What to see ? The nicest scenery (and monkeys) are to be found between Xianfeng Monastery (1752m) and Wannian Monastery (1020m) via Hongchunping (1120m) and Qinyin Pavilion (710m).
Take a bus from Baoguo to Qingyin Pavilion (2Y) and from there walk to Wannian Monastery (1020m, 3km, 45-60mn), to Xixiang Pond (2070m, 14km, 3-5hrs), to Jieyin Hall (2540m, 9km, 2-3hrs) and to Golden Summit (3077m, 2 km, 45-60mn).
As the buses to Qingyin are rather infrequent, you may have to take one to Wannian Monastery instead, 18km away (2Y).
If you are tired toward the end and feel like queuing a bit, you can take a cable car from Jieyin Hall to the Golden Summit (40Y up).
If you want to take it easy, you can take a bus from Baoguo directly to Jieyin Hall (20Y, leave when really packed).
From the summit, walk down to Jieyin Hall (2km, 30-45mn), to Xixiang Pond (9km, 2-3hrs), to Xianfeng Monastery (1752m, 6km, 1-2hrs) to Hongchuanping (1120m, 5km, 1-2hrs) to Qinyin Pavilion (710m, 6km, 1-2hrs). From Qinyin, walk or take a bus (Y5) down to Wuxiangang and from there a bus back to Baoguo (Y5, late bus at 18:30)
If you still have a lot of energy, you could also walk the 10km from Qingyin to Fuhu Monastery (2-4 hrs). Baoguo is another km away.
First option (6 to 10 hrs) : Bus to Wannian (18km, 2Y). Walk to Xixiang (3-5hrs) to Jieyin (1-3hrs) to Golden Summit (1-2hrs)
Second option (12 to 15 hrs) : Bus to Wannian. Walk to Qingyin (1 hr), to Hongchunping (6km, 2 hrs), to Xianfeng (2 hrs), to Yuxian (2 hrs), to Jiulingang (1hr) to Xixiang (2 hrs) to Jieyin (1-3 hrs) to Golden Summit (1-2 hrs)
Third option : Walk to Qingyin (1hr) to Monkeys (1hr), back to Qingyin (1hr) to Zhongfeng (2 hr) to Chunyang (1 hr) to Baoguo (1 hr)
Backpacker' s Tips
: Anonymous, France (Jan 04)
Backpacker' s Tips : Mark W., Australia/UK (Dec 02)
Tips : Quang-Tuan Luong (Dec 02)
Hotels << Get precise info, book online and save money !
At the train Station :
(if you arrive in the evening)
Fu Guang Lu Guan (5521 353), opposite the train station, on the left of the tourist info center / Dorm 15 / Comfortable Sgl (big bed) or Dble with bath 30 and 40 /
Other hotels at similar prices in the area with touts waiting for you at the station.
At Baoguo Base :
Teddy Bear Restaurant, on the
right when you exit the Lian Yun Bus Station / Mr. He, the manager, can get
foreigners a 50% discount in the relatively nice opposite hotel. This means that
a good Dble with attached bath will cost 120 and a bed in a more basic 4 beds or
2 bed's rooms 20 or 30
Baoguo Monastery / For more exotic accommodation, stay in one of the big & correct dorm room. A bed cost 20 in a 4 or 6 bed's room, 30 in a 3 beds' room and 40 in a Dble / Clean toilets / HW 18:30 to 21:30
On the path :
Most of the monasteries have basic accommodations. Most will try to charge a rip off rate of 20 to 40 for a bed in a very basic dorm. If you are walking in the HS or if the night is coming, there is little you can do and they know it. Trying to bargain the price down with a smile doesn't cost anything however...
At the summit :
It is even worse at the summit than it is in the path. The monastery will charge from 30 to 50Y for a bed or even more. The other places are much more expensive. You can therefore consider staying a bit below the summit, at Tai Zi Ping Monastery, about 1 hour walk to the summit : there a bed should cost 20 to 30Y.
Note : Bus to
Baoguo or Leshan are also waiting for passengers at the train station but
they are usually more expensive
"Leshan ! Leshan ! You go to Leshan ? Get in ! We leave immediately !" Considering that the bus was empty, this was highly improbable. "Immediately" in this part of the world means often "immediately when packed"... So I walked another 20 meters and found a ready-to-go one. I don't know how long the first passenger had to wait but the driver was obviously eager to catch up with time. We stopped a lot but arrived within one hour. The only interesting sight was on the left, in Leshan, just after the bus leave the river, probably the most erotic sculpture in whole China : a pulpous naked girl giving a body massage to a crocodile ! A nice change to all those Mao statues...
See also the trip from Zhongdian/Lijiang/Jinjiang to Emeishan...
Tips : Davide Gallino, Italy (Aug 01)