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Emei-Shan is a lush and tall sacred mountain dotted with twenty active temples and monestaries linked by hundreds of thousands of stairs. It has been one of the Middle Kingdom's four Buddhist Mountains since the advent of Buddhism in China and is nowadays a popular pilgrimage site. In season, you will share the path with people of all ages and all walks of life attempting the arduous climb of more than 2500m elevation gain. Despite the boisterous activity at the temples, shrouded in clouds of incense, the mountain is vast so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy without disturbances the scenic views over precipituous crags, and the beautiful forest of pine, fir, and cedar trees. Emei-Shan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Emei is in Sichuan, 200km south of Chengdu, and can be reached by train.

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Incense batons being burned. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Burning incense batons at Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrims descend a staircase in the fog beneath Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Circular doorway in Bailongdong temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Waterfall beneath Qingyin pavillon. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Narrow Gorge between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Covered bridge between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Buddha image and altar in Hongchunping temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Desk counting frame and Chinese script on blackboard. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Urn and stairs in courtyard of Xiangfeng temple in fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Xiangfeng temple in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees outside Xiangfeng temple in mist. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Twisted trees on hillside. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrims with umbrellas descend some of the tens of thousands of stairs. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Weathy pilgrim carried on a chair. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monk beneath Jinding Si (Golden Summit) temple in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monks and pilgrims admiring a sea of cloud from the summit. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sunset over a sea of clouds. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Fog sweaps over Wanfo Ding (Ten Thousand Buddhas Summit) at dusk. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrim prays in the Jinding Si (Golden Summit) temple at dusk. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Jinding Si temple perched on a precipituous cliff at sunrise. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wanfo Ding  temple perched on a precipituous cliff. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Jinding Si temple in the morning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monk in Jinding Si temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monk in Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Candles burning in front of Wannian Si temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Candles burning in front of Wannian Si temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Candles burning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Candles burning with foggy trees in the background, Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Joss sticks burning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrim offering big incense stick. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrims burning big incense batons. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrims lighting incense sticks with Wannian Si temple in the background. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Woman Pilgrim lighting a large incense stick, Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Woman Pilgrim lighting a large incense stick, Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Doorway of Wannian Si. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wannian Si temple in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wannian Si temple in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Doorway entrance of Wannian Si in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Stairway leading to Wannian Si temple in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Bailongdong temple seen through trees. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Potted flowers and wooden wall in Bailongdong temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Potted flowers and wooden wall in Bailongdong temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Bailongdong temple seen through trees. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Waterfall beneath Qingyin pavillon. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Qingyin pavillon and stream. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Waterfall between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Stream between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Stream between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monkey statue between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Suspension bridge between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Path and pavillon on steep hillside between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Path and pavillon on steep hillside between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Suspension bridge between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Suspension bridge between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Waterfall between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees in fog between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Covered bridge between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Archway gate over the staircase between Qingyin and Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Hongchunping temple, nested in a forested hillside. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Courtyard of Hongchunping temple in the rain. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Buddha image seen from rainy courtyard of Hongchunping temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Desk with counting frame, blackboard with Chinese script, scale. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) The staircase above Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) The staircase above Hongchunping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Cliffs and trees in mist between Hongchunping and Xiangfeng. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Lush hillside in mist between Hongchunping and Xiangfeng. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Xiangfeng temple in mist. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sculpture inside Xiangfeng temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Courtyard inside  Xiangfeng temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Courtyard inside  Xiangfeng temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Xiangfeng temple in fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees outside of Xiangfeng temple in fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wildflowers and ferns on a hillside in the fog between Xiangfeng and Yuxian. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wildflowers and ferns on a hillside in the fog between Xiangfeng and Yuxian. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Waterfall between Xiangfeng and Yuxian. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrims show the palm of their hand to an aggressive monkey, meaning they have no food, Yuxian temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Aggressive monkey outside Yuxian temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monkey and baby monkey. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monkeys outside Yuxian temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Stone tablets with Chinese scripture. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Urn in courtyard inside Xixiangchi temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Xixiangchi temple in the fog. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pilgrims descend stairs beneah Xixiangchi temple in raingear. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monk looks to the courtyard inside Xixiangchi temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees in fog between Xixiangchi temple and Leidongping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees in the mist between Xixiangchi temple and Leidongping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees in fog between Xixiangchi temple and Leidongping. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Porter getting ready to carry a heavy load on a back frame. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Porter getting helped to shoulder a heavy load on a back frame. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Fungus for sale at a stand near Jieyin Palace. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wealthy pilgrim carried down Jieyin Palace on a chair. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monk in front of Jieyin Palace. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Roof detail of Jieyin Palace. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Trees in mist. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Lovers sit on top of two hearts surrounded by chain locks. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Chain locks added by pilgrims. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Jinding Si temple,  evening. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Golden Summit temple, evening. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sunset on a sea of clouds. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sunset on a sea of clouds. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sunset on Jinding Si (Golden Summit), perched on a steep cliff. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sunset on Jinding Si (Golden Summit), perched on a steep cliff. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Sunrise on Jinding Si (Golden Summit), perched on a steep cliff. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Daxue Shan range seen in the distance. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wanfo Ding temple perched on a precipituous cliff. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Porter gets his load weighted,. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Monk walking in front of Jinding Si temple. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Jinding Si monestary, early morning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Jinding Si temple, mid-morning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Receding ridges in fog, seen from Jinding Si, morning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Distant mountains, seen from Jinding Si, morning. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color) Forest-covered slopes and ridges of Emei Shan. Emei Shan, Sichuan, China ( color)
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