Emeishan Travel Blog› entry 12 of 14 › view all entries
I got up at 6:30 the next morning, as everyone says you should head out early to Emei. I walked over to the bus station and bought a ticket to the highest bus stop on the mountain. I had gotten a suggested path from the hotel owner the previous night. I was going to take the bus to Leidongping, then take a cable car up to the summit, climb to the top, take the cable car back down, take the bus to a lower station, then hike through some of the monkey zones. I had brought 220RMB with me--more than I've needed on any other day. According to the Lonely Planet book this would be enough for all of the costs. But I soon found that the costs had been jacked up since the book was researched just last year.
The drive up the mountain took about an hour and a half.
The bus stopped at Leidongping and let us all off. And thus the climbing began. First I climbed up to the cable car. Upon reaching it, I realized that prices has been raised quite a bit, and I was not going to have enough money to follow my original plan. The ride up the cable car was 65RMB, or $10! And that was a one-way ticket. To come back down you must spend another $8.
After we reached the other end I got off and began to climb up more sets of stairs to the summit of the mountain. And I must admit, this was pretty darn cool. There is a huge golden statue on the summit with many elephants and Buddhas. It was sparkling brilliantly in the early sunlight. I've read that it can be tricky to see it sometimes, because the fog can be very thick.
I spent about an hour up on the summit soaking in all of this. Then I decided that I had better get started on the descent, since I didn't know how long it would take. I didn't have much money to buy food, so I ended up buying a piece of corn-on-the-cob for 5RMB.
I bought a bus ticket back to Baoguo and we started the twisty drive back down. I wasn't feeling great, but apparently I felt much better than one poor older woman on the bus. We stopped at a rest stop about 30 minutes into the trip, and she ran out of the bus and threw up on the grass. I'm guessing it was heat, altitude sickness, motion sickness, or a mixture of all three. Unfortunately she had to get back on the bus and endure another hour of sharp and fast turns. I wasn't sitting by her, but I could hear her continue to get sick while we drove.
When we got back to the town I tried to walk off some of the stiffness in my legs, but it didn't work. Then I went to the hotel, took a shower, and took a nap. I had arranged to have a massage in my room that evening. The woman came and did the full deal, like the massage I'd had in Dali. But this one was half the price. When she worked on my legs I wanted to cry out in pain, but I figured it was probably quite good for my muscles even if it really hurt. After that I didn't feel like going back out on the town, so I had some Sichuanese food offered by the hotel for dinner.
This part of my trip really wasn't too great, as you can tell. On top of everything else, Emeishan and Baoguo were really expensive. They charged outrageous amounts of money for everything, compared to other cities. If I had it all to do over again, I would have chosen to go somewhere else instead of Leshan and Emeishan. But hey, no trip can be without trials. And now I have stories to tell.