Laidback town, mountain mist and smiling monks
Mount Emei Travel Blog› entry 9 of 68 › view all entries
July 4th, 2009 – by: ronin2k
People smiled, looks of intrigue and curiosity filled the faces of the people I met along the way to the hotel. A lady on the bus even called the hotel we were staying at, the Teddy Bear Hotel, to tell them we were on our way! The local bus even stopped in front of the Teddy Bear Hotel, where the proprietor Andy, with his Chullet (Chinese Mullet) greeted us and walked us down the ally to his hotel. He even paid for the bus ride! Definitely a great little place and for a change so friendly!!
I am actually writing this entry sometime after being in Emei Shan and I think the reason for this change in pace from the rest of China is that this is a smaller city/town, also because it’s a bit of a tourist destination, where, Mount Emei, one of the four scared Buddhist mountains in China is found.
We came to Emei Shan to climb the mountain and then hike down to stay in one of the monasteries. To make a long story short, we ended up staying at Teddy Bear another night, no monastery stay, because it was raining on the mountain and because my legs couldn’t take the climb up the mountain. Damn shin splints really bugging me, who would have thought all the swimming I used to do growing up would come back to haunt me later! Ah well.
Usually foreigners that come to Emei Shan, get up early to climb the mountain, at about 3100m its about a 2 day hike there and back. I took the bus and cable car up J
Getting up the mountain was entertaining.
Anyways, soon the doors open and everyone starts to push.
On top of the mountain, we were greeted by an almost mystical mist. Something like the mist I once saw in Nikko, Japan while visiting the Shogan temples. The mist was fitting as it gave this sacred site a more magical feel.
At the very top, at the golden summit, as they call it.
Soon after the photo session with the monks, we made our way down, what seemed 1000s of stairs back down to the bus station. I think in the end it was about a 5 km hike down. Not bad, if I only had to hike down a mountain I would be a wicked mountain climber, hmm well mountain descenter!
Next stop Leshan, home to the biggest seated stone Buddha in the world.
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