3 Days Mount Emei Classic Hiking Tour
This hiking tour is specially-designed for those who are seeking for a leisure way to hike Mount Emei in stead of taking the very challenging routes. But you won’t miss the breathtaking natural beauty and the Buddhist culture because all the highlights on the mountain are covered. The amazing sunrise and sea of cloud in a fine day will be a lifetime memory.
- Enjoy two leisure and scenic hikings in a single trip: Qingyin Pavilion to Wannian Temple (about 1.5 hours), Leidongpint to Golden Summit (about 2 hours).
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Leshan Giant Buddha which is the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha in the world and walk down the plank road to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer view.
Day 1 Chengdu – Mt. Emei
Sightseeing and Activities: Leshan Giant Buddha, Baoguo Temple
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel, then be driven about 2 hours from Chengdu to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Leshan Giant Buddha which is the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha in the world. It was carved during AD713~803 on a mountain rock cliff by the river, with its head reaching to the mountain top and its feet standing next to the river. The total height is 71 meters; while the head is 14.7meters high and 10 meters wide, ear is 7meters high, 28 meters between knees and insteps. Its insteps can hold over a hundred people. On the right cliff of the Giant Buddha, there is a plank road built along with the Giant Buddha. From the top to foot, the plank road has nine turns, thus it’s called Nine Bends Plank Road. The widest part of the road is 1.45m and the narrowest part is only 0.6m, and there are 217 stone steps in total. You will walk down the plank road to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer view.
After the Giant Buddha visit, drive about a half hour to Baoguo Temple, the biggest temple of Mount Emei at the mountain foot. It has several serene gardens with rare plants, a library of sutras and a huge porcelain Buddha. Another famous historical relic in the temple is the 25-ton bronze Bell, reputedly as the second largest bell in China. While traveling deeper into the temple, you will enjoy different views of Mount Emei.
Lastly, drive to check in your hotel. Have a good rest for tomorrow’s Mount Emei trip which has some walkings involved.
Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mount EmeiLeshan Giant Buddha in summer
Day 2 Mt. Emei Hiking
Sightseeing and Activities: Qingyin Pavilion, Leidongping
Today, you will first take an eco-bus in the Scenic Area from Baoguo Temple to Wuxiangang Station. Enter the Scenic Area from Qingyin Pavilion, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Mt. Emei, and start hiking to Wannian Temple. Enjoy the amazing natural beauty of Mt. Emei en route.
After about 3-hour hiking, you will reach Wannian Temple located at the middle of the mountain. It is one of the most ancient temples on Mt. Emei. The highlight of the temple is a bronze statue of Bodhisattva Puxian sitting on a white elephant, which highly represents the foundry art practiced during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279).
Then, you will take a cable car down to the parking lot. Move on to Leidongping by eco-bus from Wannian Temple parking lot after a 1.5-hour drive.
The final hiking of today is from Leidongping to the Golden Summit (altitude:3077 m), which may take about 2 hours. Once you reach the Golden Summit, the top of Mt. Emei, you will be indulged by the breathtaking view on the summit.
Stay overnight in a local hotel / guesthouse at the Golden Summit.
Day 3 Mt. Emei – Chengdu
Sightseeing and Activities:
If weather permits, you can get up early to witness the unforgettable sunrise at the top of Mount Emei which usually starts around 6am.
After breakfast, take some leisure time to explore the 48meters high golden Buddha statue, bronze temples and and other tourist spots on the Golden Summit. On some days, you may have luck to enjoy its magnificent wonder of Cloud Sea.
Sightsee around 1.5 hours on the Golden Summit area, then descend by cable car to Leidoping and take Eco-Bus again back to the tourist center. Your private car is ready to transfer you back to Chengdu (about 1.5~2hrs). Say goodbye to your guide and driver at your hotel, airport or train station. Tour ends.
- Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
- Meals as listed in the itinerary;
- Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
- Private English-speaking tour guide;
- Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
- Service charge & government taxes;
- Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
- Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.
- Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
- Single room supplement;
- Tips to guides and drivers;
- Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
- Personal travel accident insurance;
- All optional programs.