Mount Emei — Holy Buddhism Mountains with Golden Summit

Mount Emei of Sichuan Province of China, Photo from Official Site of Emei.

 

What is Mount Emei?

 

Mount Emei is one of the most holist Buddhism places in China, and the dojo of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Puxian Pusa).

 

Today, it is a World Heritage - Mixed Property for its stunningly beautiful natural views and ancient, rich Buddhist culture.  

Golden Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Statue on Summit of Mount Emei. 

Important Data of Mount Emei.

 

  • Mount Emei is in Sichuan Province, the southwest of China;

 

  • It is around 154 square kilometers large;

 

  • It consists of 4 grand peaks;

 

  • The highest peak of Mount Emei is 3099 meters;

 

  • Mount Emei has rich biological resources, with over 3200 vegetations and 2300 types of animals.

 

Vegetations of Mount Emei, Photo from Official Site of Emei.

What is the legend of Mount Emei?

 

A long time ago, when deity Nv Wa was using large numbers of five-color stones to fill the broken sky, one piece accidentally fell onto the earth and became a mountain.

Soon, larger numbers of plants and flowers were blossoming there and decorated this mountain into a grand amazing garden. 

Hence, it was named Emei, meaning the girl's beautiful eyebrows. 

 

Beautiful Flowers on Leidongping of Mount Emei. 

Who is the deity of Mount Emei?

 

Mount Emei has been the dojo of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva for centuries. 

Samantabhadra (Puxian) is one of the Four Sacred Bodhisattvas in Chinese Buddhism, represents kind deed and virtue, whose mount is a white elephant with six teeth. 

 

Statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva and His White Elephants on Summit of Mount Emei, Photo by Tian Jieyan. 

What are the important cultural sites of Mount Emei?

 

As a sacred Buddhism place, Mount Emei is famous for ancient Buddhist buildings scattering on the mountains. 

Baoguo Temple

Firstly built during the Wanli Emperor's reign (1572 — 1620), expanded and renovated several times, now is one of the most well-preserved ancient Buddhist temples.

 

Baoguo Temple of Mount Emei, Photo by Wu Jian. 

Wannian Temple

Constructed in 399, Wannian Temple had been reestablished a few times later in history.

 

Today, it is the largest temple of Mount Emei, inside of which preserved valuable cultural relics, such as tablet inscriptions. 

Brick Made Beamless Hall in Wannian Temple, Constructed in 1600, Photo by Hongluobo 3518. 

Elephant Bathing Pond (Xixiang Chi Temple)

This is believed the place that Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Puxian Pusa) used to wash his mount, the white elephant. 

In recent centuries, more buildings were constructed there and formed today's 3600 square meters' large Xixiang Chi Temple.

Xixiang Chi Temple at Moonlight. 

Golden Summit

On the top of Mount Emei is the Golden Summit, where has the tallest (48 meters) golden statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Puxian Pusa), next to a copper hall, and some grand Buddhist temples.

Golden Statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Puxian Pusa) and Temples on the Summit of Mount Emei. 

What are impressive natural scenic views of Mount Emei?

 

Sea Clouds on Summit of Mount Emei. 

Colorful Autumn Scenery of Mount Emei. 

Sunrise View on Summit of Mount Emei. 

Golden Summit of Mount Emei Covered by Snow. 

Colorful Shine on Mount Emei from Time to Time. 

What's special with the monkeys of Mount Emei?

Wild monkeys on Mount Emei are another popular attraction, for their cuteness and smartness, who are not afraid of people. 

Moreover, they would sometimes beg, or even rob food from tourists. 

Therefore, tourists are suggested to keep a distance, not to eat food in front of the monkeys, and try to get help asap if they encountered any troubles with bullying monkeys. 

 

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