Emei Shan mountain
Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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From there we went to Emei Shan, which is a Buddhist holy mountain, and has many monasteries on the route to the top. In a very Chinese way, it also has a road with 3 bus stations on the way up, and then a cable car to the summit from the last stop. Of course the view is much better if you walk up, so we planned to do that, and stay overnight in one of the monasteries.
Setting off from the base in the morning was very pleasant and the path was very picturesque, but it soon became apparent that it was a paved path, mostly of stone steps all the way to the summit
On the way back down we saw several buddhist monks on their way up who were prostrating and praying every few steps. At the other end of the scale, there was a relatively flat 1.5km walk from the bus station to the base of the cable car, and we saw one fairly young couple each being carried up in a litter carried on 2 men's shoulders, which horrified us.