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Exploring Mount Emei One of China's Four Sacred Mountains

Sacred Temple Complex at Mount Emei
Thomas Wilmer
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A two-hour drive from the buzzing metropolis of Chengdu in Southeastern China is Mount Emei, one of four Sacred Buddhist Mountains. The mammoth mountain is home to 11 Taoist Temple complexes dating back more than 1,600 years, with a total of more than 30 Buddhist Temple complexes. China’s first Buddhist Temple was built atop Mount Emei in the 1st Century C.E. Come along and join my friend Miu Mei as we explore Mount Emei.

 

Temple Complex on Mount Emei
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Temple Complex on Mount Emei

As a foreigner it is a unique experience to explore a destination that’s just as awe inspiring as Yosemite National Park--but markedly different due to the homogeneity of the tourists. For every thousand tourists encountered we saw no more than four or five Westerners or Europeans.

Lush foliage with vibrant moss drapes the environment
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Lush foliage with vibrant moss drapes the environment

This is a popular destination for Chinese tourists from all parts of the country. Some come specifically to explore the roots of their Buddhist faith while others make the trek as a long awaited family holiday experience.

Elegant detailing on rooftops is work of art
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Elegant detailing on rooftops is work of art

Once the word gets out to the adventure and cultural travelers around the world this sacred mountain will become a bucket-list Grand Tour destination for visitors from all quarters of the globe. 

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