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3 Days Mount Emei Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Be Immersed in Buddhist Atmosphere

Known as one of China’s Four Sacred Buddhist Mountain and the ashram for Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (the place of enlightenment), Mount Emei has been a lodestone to Buddhist pilgrims for centuries. It played a vital role during the development of Buddhism in China. It is said the Buddhism was introduced into China in the 1st century CE via the Silk Road from India to Mount Emei, and the first Buddhist temple in China was built at the Golden Summit of Mount Emei, and then the Buddhism spread widely through the East.

This 3 days Buddhism itinerary, with Buddhist essence of Mount Emei covered, is especially designed for Buddhist followers or travelers who are interested Chinese Buddhism. You will firstly pay a pilgrimage to the World Heritage Site Leshan Giant Buddha – a huge statue of Maitreya Buddha, and then explore most spiritual Buddhist temples (like Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Huazang Temple, etc.) hidden in lush forest of Mount Emei. Beyond its rich Buddhist heritage, Mount Emei also perches on the edge of Himalayan Kingdoms which make it a land of diversity. The stunning natural scenery will be an added bonus during your sacred journey among these Buddhist sites.

China Discovery's exclusive offer: we can make an appointment with the abbot of Huazang Temple at Golden Summit to open a lecture of Buddhism for you if the abbot is available. If you want to experience the lecture, you are required to make early booking and leave us at least a month to prepare.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-EBT-03
  • Price : from $472
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Buddhism / Culture
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Pay your homage to the Future Buddha at Leshan Giant Buddha which is the world’s largest and tallest Buddha statue;
  • Make a personal pilgrimage to Mount Emei’s most significant temples – each holding their own treasures and charm;
  • Use cable cars to ease the ascent to and descent from Golden Summit to save your energy and time for sightseeing and worship;
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of hushed awe as you get closed the brilliant statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva on Golden Summit.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Chengdu - Leshan - Mount Emei (L)

Highlights of today: Leshan Giant Buddha, Dofo Temple

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel, and then be driven about 2 hours from Chengdu to pay a pilgrimage to the 1300-year-old and 71-meter-tall Leshan Giant Buddha which is the world's largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha. This magnificent statue, depicting a seated Maitreya Buddha, as constructed to calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels and killed many people each year in ancient time. The construction started in 723 AD, led by a monk called Hai Tong. It took 90 years to finish the project. 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 to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer worship.

After the Leshan Giant Buddha Visit, you will drive about a half hour to Emeishan and pay a religious homage to Dafo Temple, which holds various religious ceremonies to pray for individual health, social property and peace of the world every year. It is usually the first stop of many Mount Emei Buddhist trips. This temple has three areas, including Buddhist Worship area, Garden Area and Buddhist Education Area, combing the function of Buddhist educating, Buddhist research and promoting Buddhism. Spend some time worshiping the Buddha here in the temple, then drive to check in your hotel.

Note: These ceremonies usually take place in China's traditional festivals and Buddhist holy days, like the birthday, enlightenment day, and renunciation day of Buddha. Visiting Emei Mountain in the below listed date (based on Chinese Lunar calendar) gives you a bigger chance to join in a Buddhist ceremony:

Jan. 1 — Birthday of Maitreya Buddha & Chinese New Year Jan.15 - Chinese Lantern Festival
Feb. 8 — Renunciation Day of Sakyamuni Buddha Feb. 15 — Mahāparinirvāṇa Day of Sakyamuni Buddha
Feb. 19 — Birthday of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva  Feb. 21 — Birthday of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
April 4 — Birthday of Manjusri Bodhisattva April 8— Birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha
June 19 — Enlightenment Day of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva July 30 — Birthday of Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha
Sep. 19 — Renunciation Day of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Sep. 30 — Birthday of Bhaiṣajyaguru Buddha
Nov. 17 — Birthday of Amitabha Buddha Dec. 18— Chinese Laba Festival
  • Buddhist Activities Buddhist Activities in Dafo Temple (2019)
  • Dafo Temple Dafo Temple - First Gate of Mount Emei
  • Head of Giant Buddha hides a drainage system The drainage system is hidden in the head of the Giant Buddha.

Day 2 Mount Emei Pilgrimage (B, L)

Highlights of today: Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Qingyin Pavilion

This morning after breakfast, meet your tour guide and set out for Mount Emei pilgrimage. After the first Buddhist temple in China was built at the Golden Summit of Mount Emei, there has been up to 30 Buddhist temples established in different locations of the mountain over the centuries. Today you are going to worship four of the most influential temples of Mount Emei.

You will firstly visit 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. After Baoguo Temple, you will visit another famous temple – Fuhu Temple which is the largest nunnery in Mount Emei. Don't miss Arhat Hall which houses a magnificent four-face Buddha statue of the Arya Avalokiteshvara (Goddess of Mercy), surrounded by 500 Buddhist Arhats, all sculpted according to different traditional Chinese Buddhist figures. The 7-meter-high Huayan Pagoda is a must-see of Fuhu Temple as well. This copper pagoda is stamped with over 4,700 small Buddhist figures and inscribed with complete version of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Continue your journey and your next stop is Shenshui Pavilion where you can find many inscriptions from the poets and literary men. After that, hike to Qingyin Pavilion which is named after the natural music of the waters flowing around the rock formation. Qingqin Pavilion acts as the symbol of traditional Buddhist Garden and show the harmony between human and nature.

After worshiping these holy temples, you will take an Eco-bus back to tourist center and return to your hotel.

  • Fuhu Temple Arhats Hall in Fuhu Temple
  • Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mount Emei Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mount Emei
  • Elegant beauty of the Double Flying Bridges at Qingying Pavilion Elegant beauty of the Double Flying Bridges at Qingying Pavilion

Day 3 Mount Emei - Chengdu (B, L)

Highlights of today: Golden Summit, Huazang Temple

After breakfast, You will first take your private car to the tourist center, then shift on to an Eco-Bus which will take you up to the mountain top area in 1.5~2 hours. Once you reach at Leidongping (2400m), keep on walking about 30mins along stone steps to the cable car station, along which you will have chance to see the wild monkeys. Take a cable car (about 5mins) up to the Golden Summit (3077m) which is the biggest highlight and very essence of Mount Emei. Once you get to the Golden Summit, the first view appearing in front of you is a towering multi-faced golden statue (48m) of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. Next to the golden statue sits the bronze Huazang Temple which is the first temple established on Mount Emei whose history can be traced back to 1st century CE. You can stroll around the Golden Summit to explore Buddhist architecture and tradition, and enjoy panoramic view of Mount Emei and surrounding. In clear days, you can even see the snow-clad of Mount Gongga (7556m), Asia’s largest table mountain - Wawu Mountain and winding rivers flowing through Emeishan city. If weather permits, you will have luck to enjoy its magnificent wonder of Cloud Sea.

China Discovery's exclusive offer: we can make an appointment with the abbot of Huazang Temple to open a lecture of Buddhism for you if the abbot is available. If you want to experience the lecture, you are required to make early booking and leave us at least a month to prepare.

Lastly, take a cable car back to Leidongping and take an Eco-bus to Wannian Temple Parking. Hike about 30mins to Wannian Temple, one of the six earliest Buddhist temples on Mount Emei. Built in East Jin Dynasty (265-420), this temple is sacred for housing a 7.35-metre (24.1 ft) high statue of Samantabhadra Buddha and three Buddhist treasures: the Wanli Golden Seal, tooth relic of the Buddha and palm leaf manuscript. After the worship, take a cable car down the mountain, then shift on to the eco-bus to the tourist center. Your driver is ready to transfer you back to Chengdu or to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Note: There are also several sacred Buddhist sites to worship in Chengdu, such as Wenshu Temple, Daci Temple, Zhaojue Temple and Baoguang Temple, etc.Feel free to contact us to extend your itinerary.

  • Pilgrims whorshiped Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Golden Summit Pilgrims whorshiped Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Golden Summit
  • Aerial View of Wannian Temple Aerial View of Wannian Temple
  • Stunning scenery of Cloud Sea on Golden Summit Stunning scenery of Cloud Sea on Golden Summit

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+3 days to explore the fairytale land - Jiuzhaigou

There is an old saying that "once you visited Jiuzhaigou, there is no need for you to see any other waterscape". Jiuzhaigou and its neighbor Huanglong grant you a memorable experience of nature wonder of wondrous water world, as the words say.

You will take a 45-minute flight from Chengdu directly to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in the early morning. In the afternoon, you’ll go to Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You’ll marvel at Huanglong Temple and fabulous Five-Color Ponds. In the second day, you will visit three beautiful valleys in Jiuzhaigou National Park. The third day is for you to depart from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu or other destinations.

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The quotation for this trip is from $472 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed(“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Thanks Wing, we came back safely and had a great trip overall. We had great tour guide and driver whom we will recommend without doubt and we took the liberty to change the schedule as we toured, depending on the weather and situation, which suited us. I’m actually glad lightning struck, allowing us to spend the last night in XM, as I think 2 days and 1 night in the Tulou is more than sufficient. I’ll leave Chew to comment on your email but you can also take my comments here if you want. Thanks again !

Hi Wing,

Yesterday just before check out at Xiamen ,  i had already completed a detailed questionnaire form and handed over to Adam.

(1)  How do you like our tour arrangements and are you willing to recommend our service to your friends?

Yes, it was good service from tour coordinator, tour guide and driver. They are all very professional and good people.  I will recommend to friends for sure.  

(2)  Do you have some suggestions for us to improve our service?

The initially proposed 3D2N itinerary is an overkill of Tulou visits.   The original plan was such that we visit Chu Xi on Day 3, but Chu Xi is the furthest (3 hours) from Xiamen, so it doesnt make too much sense cos it would be a mad rush if guests are rushing to fly off on Day 3.    Our tour guide Adam adapted the itinerary, we cut down the more commercialized tulous and he even  included He Keng Tulou which is the place that Hollywood Mulan was filmed in, that was a real treat.   

From our experiences, if we fly into Xiamen by 9am, we would have 2 full days of Tulou visits, which is more than sufficient.  First nite at HeRongZhuang was a good experience, the staff are very hospitable and room was very nice.   Second nite at Prince Hotel there was power failure, and after being in the dark for 4 hours, we decided to check out and drove to Xiamen.  We were on the road from 9.30pm to 12 midnight.  I think it would be better if the itinerary just have first nite in Tulou and second nite in Xiamen, with Day 3 in Xiamen.  

(3)  If you want to do travel again in China, would you like to use our service again?

Yes.  I would certainly consider

 

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Chew - 2020.09.23‚ Singapore, September 23, 2020

Dear Wing,

The hotel is beautiful. We took a walk around and end up having dinner in the hotel. It's very nice.

We got back to the hotel a while ago. We enjoyed the trip with Sara very much. She is a lovely woman like you. And once again thank you very much for the lovely souvenirs.

Werawan - 2020.09.23‚ Japan, September 23, 2020

Dear Johnson,

Sorry for my late reply.

We were really very happy with the whole trip to Yunnan province. It was very special and we still talk about it a lot.

The program you suggested was great, and we had a fantastic time. Everything was flawless, convenient and no long waiting times.

We specifically liked:

  • Your responsiveness
  • That the guides are locals and can really introduce the local culture to the guests.
  • That the guides were flexible in the day to day arrangements
  • English skills of all guides were excellent!
  • That the guides take pictures J
  • The driver Mr. Yu was super. We felt very safe

Alice was fantastic. We enjoyed that she told us about her village, family etc. to help us to understand the Bai culture better. We liked her personal style. It felt like walking around with a friend, joking and having a good time.

Tom also made the Lijiang experience a very memorable one. He also opened up, reflected and gave us great insight in traditions and culture of Naxi. He knows everyone.

The best about Aten was that he made some suggestions how to optimize the program and how to avoid tourist crowds. He loves to talk to the guests, exchange ideas and make this a mutual learning experience.

We would without any doubt recommend your agency. We consider to book trips with you in the future.

Thank you very much for everything.

 

Best regards,

Christine

Christine - 2020.09.21‚ Germany, September 21, 2020

Hi Vivien,

Yes it was great. Bruce handled everything for us including assisting us with our hotel arrangements and our transportation the following morning. The mountain itself was beautiful.

Matthew - 2020.09.21‚ USA, September 21, 2020

Hi Riley,

Thanks for the follow up. Again, we are so happy with the trip and the services. Tour guide very good, car and driver very good and the places we visited are really nice. Also lunch was good.

Alejandro - 2020.09.21‚ Mexico, September 21, 2020
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  • Buddhist Activities Buddhist Activities
  • Dafo Temple Dafo Temple
  • Head of Giant Buddha hides a drainage system Head of Giant Buddha hides a drainage system
  • Fuhu Temple Fuhu Temple
  • Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mount Emei Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mount Emei
  • Elegant beauty of the Double Flying Bridges at Qingying Pavilion Elegant beauty of the Double Flying Bridges at Qingying Pavilion
  • Pilgrims whorshiped Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Golden Summit Pilgrims whorshiped Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in Golden Summit
  • Aerial View of Wannian Temple Aerial View of Wannian Temple
  • Stunning scenery of Cloud Sea on Golden Summit Stunning scenery of Cloud Sea on Golden Summit

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