Emei Shan (Mount Emei) In China
Emei Shan or Mount Emei in Sichuan Province, China is not just a scenic mountain. The site is known as the place where Buddhism was introduced and established in the country for the first time. Fortunately till this very day this sacred mountain still holds dozens of culture values, which proves the particular significance of Mount Emei. In 1996 the site was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are only four sacred Buddhist temples in China in total and Emei Shan is the highest of them.
Emei Shan Temples
By the construction of the first temple in 1 A.D. the religion of Buddhism started to spread in China, however this is not the only reason why the spot has gained such great importance among the Buddhists. Emei Shan was also the place where bodhisattva Samantbhadra (one of the three bodhisattvas, who formed the Shakyamuni trinity) experienced his enlightenment (bidhimanda).
There are 30 temples on the site in total. It is worth visiting such sightseeing highlights as Huazong (formerly known as Guangxiang), Baoguo Temple,Wannian Temple, Qingyuin Pavillion and Ligou Gardens.
Another truly impressive object is the huge Buddha idol which has been carved on the Xiluo Peak. It reaches an impressive height of 71 meters and is said to be the largest Buddha in the world. This giant figure most certainly will make you loose the breath for a while, besides it is even harder to believe that this Buddha was created already in 803.
The site is incredibly scenic and visitors of Mount Emei have a great opportunity to experience the incredible sunrises above the clouds. The flora is also quite diverse and you may very well see some exotic animals on your way – the Tibetan Macaques, Emei Music Frog or Emei Shan Liocichla.