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Sichuan trip: Emei Shan

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Spicy dishes in SichuanWe arrived late evening at Mount Emei bottom after a long day in Leshan. We first went to our hostel (recommended by Lonely Planet) then we decided to test the famous sichuanese dishes… Extra spicy food!

Mount Emei or Emei Shan is the highest (3099m) of the 4 Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. This is there that the first Buddhist temple was built in the first century after JC. The mountain got today 76 temples and monasteries.

Due to some issues with our flight from Beijing, we were not able to do the initial plan. We should have spent 2 days in the Mountain and sleep one night in one of numerous temples on our way to the top.

We changed this and decided to sleep at the bottom and take an early bus (4:30am) to reach 2/3 of the ascent.

Our trek was divided in two parts: firstly, ascent to the summit and enjoy the panoramic view then go down and hike the bottom part. (more…)

Sichuan trip: first stop – Leshan Giant Buddha

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Head of Giant BuddhaWe got couple of days off this summer and I took this opportunity with some friends to visit a famous Chinese province, Sichuan. We had big ambitions for this long weekend: Chengdu and its Panda reserve, Emei Mountain, the Sichuanese cuisine…

Our first stop was in Leshan, small city closed to Chengdu (1h30 by local bus), where we visited the famous Giant Buddha.

This Maitreya Buddha is known as the biggest stone statue in the world. It is 71m tall and 28m wide. It was directly built in the mountain. (more…)

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