It is said there are up-rising 60,000 steps to walk from the foot of Mount Emei to Golden Summit. Your knees are trembling? Don't worry! China Discovery has a scecret leisure hiking route for you which combines Mount Emei essential hiking with classic sightseeing. It can be completed by most travelers, even kids and seniors.
Starting from Chengdu, our 2 Days Mount Emei Leisure Hiking not only satisfy your desire of enjoy some real hiking to escape the crowds, but also take you experience profound Buddhist culture and pleasant landscape of Mount Emei. You will hike two most essential parts of Mount Emei: Qinying Pavilion to Wannian Temple (4km) and Leidongping to Golden Summit (4km). Each part can be done in about 2 hours. You will also have some time to visit the world-famous Leshan Giant Buddha which is only 45mins' driving from Mount Emei. After the tour, you will be escorted back to Chengdu hotel or to catch your flight/train with our private car.
Day 1 Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha - Mount Emei (L)Today's highlights: Chengdu Panda Base, Leshan Giant Buddha
This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don't miss the chance to visit the most adorable panda cubs in the panda kindergartens. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the precious panda babies in the nursery rooms.
Leaving the panda center, you will drive 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 71m; while the head is 14.7m high and 10m wide, ear is 7meters high, 28 meters between knees and insteps. Its insteps can hold over a hundred people. You may be wondering why such a giant Buddha was built? It is said to have been built to calm the turbulent waters that plagued passing boats and killed many people each year in ancient time. 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 is 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 view.
After the Giant Buddha visit, drive about 45mins to Emeishan City to check in your hotel. Have a good rest for tomorrow’s Mount Emei hiking.
Optional night activity: watch a fantastic performance show which is a combo of Emei Kung Fu, acrobatics, Sichuan opera, mask-changing, etc.during 19:30~21:00.
- Cute Pandas Living in Their Natural Environment
- The Giant Buddha has blessed the local people for thousand years.
Day 2 Mount Emei Hiking (B)Today's highlights: hiking from Qingyin Pavilion to Wannian Temple; hiking from Leidongping to Golden Summit
Hiking Sections of today: Qingyin Pavilion – Wannian Temple (about 1.5~2 hours); Leidongping – the Golden Summit (about 1.5~2 hours).
Get up early to have breakfast and pack well, then go to Emeishan Tourist Center to take an eco-bus to Wuxiangang Parking Lot. You will start hiking from the parking lot, towards the tranquil Qingyin Pavilion which is one of the most beautiful places in Mount Emei. Spend some time there to explore ancient temples there, then keep walking about 2km/2hrs to Wannian Temple. The best highlights of this section is to enjoy the quiet and wild natural scenery in the lower area of Mount Emei.
After about 2-hour hiking, you will reach Wannian Temple. This Buddhist temple is one of the most ancient temples on Mount Emei. Its treasure is a bronze statue of Bodhisattva Puxian sitting on a white elephant gifted from the kingdom of Thailand, which highly represents the foundry art practiced during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279).
Spend about 1 hour seeing temples, then walk down to Wannian Temple Parking Lot to take an eco-bus directly up to Leidongping, which takes about 2 hours. Leidongping is located at the upper region of Mount Emei with an elevation of 2430m. You will have lunch at Leidongping before setting out for the final hiking to the mountain top.
After lunch, hiking about 1.5km (0.5hr) from Leidongping to Jieyin Hall (Cable car station) where regular tourists will take a cable car up to Golden Summit while you will take the less-crowded steps to hike up to the mountain top. Some sections are very steep. You have to walk carefully and slowly. However, don’t worry too much as all steps are well-paved. After getting to Taizi Ping, the paths get flat with little uprising, leading you to Golden Summit along beautiful wild forest. 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 the 1st century CE. You can stroll around the Golden Summit to explore Buddhist architecture and tradition, and enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Emei and surrounding.
Sightsee around 1.5 hours on the Golden Summit area, then descend by cable car to Jieyin Pavilion and walk about 1.5km to Leidongping to take an Eco-Bus back to the tourist center. Your driver is ready to transfer you back to Chengdu (about 2hrs).
- Aerial View of Wannian Temple
- Elegant beauty of the Double Flying Bridges at Qingying Pavilion
- Emei Mountain Golden Summit View
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.
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, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD USD 1= RMB 6.45. 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.
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Based in Chengdu (only 2hrs driving from Mount Emei) with more than 1360 good reviews on Tripadvisor, we always master the first-hand travel information of Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha and other beautiful places in Chengdu region. We know what is the best way to do a Buddhist tour, hiking or other themed Mount Emei tours; Our private tour packages assure you the highest standards with great flexibility, comfort and personalized arrangement. You will your personal travel consultant, professional tour guide and a private vehicle which only serve for your party - nobody else. All-inclusive tour package to let you enjoy the best of Mount Emei as well as Leshan Giant Buddha, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng Yading, Mount Siguniang, etc.
Mount Emei is located about 140km south from Chengdu downtown, approximately 2 hours’ driving or 1 hour’s high speed train. You are suggested to get there with China Discovery’s comfortable and efficient private transfers so that you can focus 100% on enjoy sightseeing. If you want to experience high speed train, we can also arrange for you.
A Mount Emei tour usually starts from Chengdu (about 2hrs’ driving or 1 hour’s high speed train), and includes a visit to nearby Leshan Giant Buddha. You can visit Mount Emei in 1 day (only exploring the Golden Summit area), in 2 days (hiking and spend a night on the mountain for sunrise and sunset), or in 3 days for an in-depth hiking. Eco-bus and cable cars are available to save time and energy.
Travelers usually stay a night in Emeishan city or Baoguo Temple area at the foot of the mountain for the arrival night. You don’t have to stay one more night in Emeishan city or on the mountain for extra nights if you only take the classic day tour. If you want to take the classic hike to Golden Summit, you need to stay a night on the mountain, usually at Leidongping or Golden Summit where there are some hotels offer rooms, but not as good as you’ll get in the city. If you want to take the longer hiking of 3 days, you need to stay an extra night at a temple on the mountain.
Mount Emei is available for traveling all year around. There are different things to explore in different seasons, such as floras in spring, waterfalls in summer, red leaves in autumn and snow in winter. The best two periods are April to June and September to November when the weather is more enjoyable and there are less crowds. If you go to visit Mount Emei in winters when the scenery is also very stunning, you need to walk very carefully as the steps are slippery with frozen ice.
Hiking from the foot to the summit of Mount Emei takes at least 2 days, thus eco-bus and cable cars are operated to shorten your hiking, save energy and time. If you take the classic day tour, you will take eco-bus from tourist center to Leidongping, then shift to cable car to reach Golden Summit. If you take the 2 days or 3 days hiking, you can take eco-bus to Wannian Temple Parking Lot or Wuxiangang Parking Lot to start your hiking. It takes about 2 hours to get to Leidongping, 30mins to get to Wannian Temple Parking Lot and Wuxiangang Parking Lot by eco-bus. There are two cableways on Mount Emei, one connecting Wanian Temple Parking Lot to Wannian Temple which is only taken by hikers and Buddhists , the other connecting Jieyin Pavilion to Golden Summit which is taken by most of travelers. The cableways have two ways, our suggestion is take the round-trip cable cars, or take one-way cable car and walk the other way, i.e. walking up Golden Summit and descent by cable car.
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