Emeishan City with more than 1400 years’ history attracts countless tourists from home and abroad every year to the famous Mount Emei. To better explore the mountain, you are recommended to set aside a whole day for the trip. Depending on your itinerary, you can either stay in Emeishan downtown and start hiking the next day in the morning or start on the first day and spend a night on the mountain. If you are hiking enthusiasts, you are advised to accommodate near Leidongping. If you want to have a better view, Golden Summit at the mountain top is more recommended. Apart from that, there are a dozen of temples that you can stay. Here are more details about where to stay in Emeishan and recommended hotels for your reference.
It will take at least 1 day to tour Mount Emei. So if you plan to go up and down Mount Emei in one day, it is advised to arrive in Emeishan the night before and start your trip the next day in the early morning. In that case, you are most recommended to stay in Emeishan downtown because there are more hotel choices with better facilities and some hotel staff can speak English, which will be helpful for foreign tourists. What’s more, Mount Emei is only about 6 km to Emeishan Downtown, so it will be very convenient to get there. If you prefer somewhere near the scenic area, Baoguo Temple (报国寺) area can be your back-up choice. There are both luxury hotels and economical inns and the price has a large difference from CNY 100 - 2000.
JZ Hotel 峨眉山蓝光己庄酒店 (★★★★★)
Century Sunshine Hotel Emeishan 峨眉山世纪阳光大酒店 (★★★★★)
Hongzhushan Hotel 峨眉山红珠山宾馆 (★★★★★)
If you want to have a good hiking on Mount Emei, you will need to spend a night on the mountain and the most chosen area is Leidongping (雷洞坪). Here are about a dozen of hotels and inns whose price varies from about CNY 230 - 600. It is also near to Emeishan Ski Resort and Golded Summit (so you can catch the sunrise with a lower accommodation cost). For most tourists, it will take about 7-8 hours to hike from Wannian Temple to Leidongping. Then after a night’s rest, the next day you can walk about 30 minutes to Jieyin Hall and take a cable car or keep hiking for another 2 hours to the Golden Summit.
Xinlongmen Boutique Hotel 峨眉山欣隆门精品酒店 (★★★)
Sunrise is one of the four wonders of Mount Emei and the best viewing spot is the Golden Summit. Because of the construction difficulties, there are only 2 or 3 choices on the mountain top and the hotels are usually not that well equipped and more expensive (about CNY 500-1000 for a double-bed room).
Note: The star rating of hotels on the mountain is for reference only and in most case, they are not up to the standards as the star hotels in the downtown.
Golden Summit Hotel 峨眉山金顶大酒店 (★★★★)
As a Buddhist mountain, there are many traditional wooden-structure temples on Mount Emei and some of them provide simple accommodation for tourists. For dorm beds, the price varies from CNY 30-60 for one bed. There are also single rooms and double rooms whose price is about CNY 100-400. Most temples on Mount Emei provide vegetarian meal that will charge about CNY 10-20. Living in a temple may be a novel experience but generally speaking, the accommodation condition is not that satisfactory, for example, hot water can not be guaranteed. Here are three recommended areas to live in a temple for your reference and you can choose the one that suits your itinerary best.
An Emeishan tour usually starts from Chengdu, and combines visits to both Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. You can set out for tour at morning from your hotel in Chengdu, then drive about 2.5 hours to Leshan City to visit the Giant Buddha (about 2hrs), then go to stay a night in Emeishan. After that, you can spend one day to visit the highlighting part (Leidongping to Golden Summit), or 2 days to hike from Wannian Temple to Golden Summit, or 3 days to have an in-depth hiking from Qingyin Pavilion to Golden Summit. Eco-bus and cable cars can be used to save energy if you want. After Mount Emei tour, you can transfer back to your hotel in Chengdu, or directly to the airport/train station to continue your trip.
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