Buddhist Temple in Emei Shan

Jinding Temple

This temple is at the Golden Summit (Jīndǐng; 3079m), commonly referred to as the mountain’s highest peak. This temple is a striking modern renovation, covered with glazed tiles and surrounded by white marble...

Buddhist Monastery in Emei Shan

Wannian Temple

Reconstructed in the 9th century, Wannian Temple (1020m) is the oldest surviving Emei temple. It’s dedicated to the man on the white elephant, the Bodhisattva Pǔxián (also known as Samantabhadra), the Buddhist...

Buddhist Monastery in Emei Shan

Elephant Bathing Pool

According to legend, Elephant Bathing Pool (2070m) is where Pǔxián flew his elephant in for a nice scrub, but today there’s not much of a pool to speak of. Or flying elephants for that matter. There are some...

Buddhist Monastery in Emei Shan

Baoguo Temple

Constructed in the 16th century, this temple (550m) features beautiful gardens of rare plants, as well as a 3.5m-high porcelain Buddha dating back to 1415, which is housed near the Sutra Library. This is not...

Cafe in Emei Shan

Hard Wok Cafe

As surprising as it is delightful, this tiny cliffside cafe reaches beyond the standard Sichuan noodle menu to include jiānbing (煎饼; ¥25), something between a crêpe and a pancake. Apple and honey? Chocolate and...

Buddhist Temple in Emei Shan

Qingyin Pavilion

Named ‘Pure Sound Pavilion’ after the soothing sounds of the waters coursing around rock formations, this temple (710m) is built on an outcrop in the middle of a fast-flowing stream. Rest in one of the small...

Buddhist Monastery in Emei Shan

Xianfeng Temple

Somewhat off the beaten track on the long way round to the peak, this carefully tended monastery (1752m) is backed by rugged cliffs and surrounded by fantastic scenery. Entrance to the nearby Jiulao Cave is ¥10.

Buddhist Monastery in Emei Shan

Jieyin Monastery

A large main hall and several smaller shrines mark the starting point of the final push to Jinding Peak. To take the cable car to Jinding, you'll have to walk up 1.5km from Leidongping to here.

Wildlife Reserve in Emei Shan

Monkey Zone

Between Qingyin Pavilion and Hóngchūn Píng (Venerable Trees Terrace), you will at some point encounter the mountain’s infamous monkeys. Unfortunately, those before you have teased this merry band into grabby...

Buddhist Temple in Emei Shan


Fabled to be the spot where legendary nymph Bai Suzhen morphed from a white snake into a beautiful woman. Surprisingly then, the temple that currently occupies the site sees very few travellers wandering this far...

Buddhist Monastery in Emei Shan

Fuhu Temple

Located about 1km from Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple (630m) is hidden deep within the forest. It houses a 7m-high copper pagoda inscribed with Buddhist images and texts. It's not included in the Emei Shan entrance...

Buddhist Temple in Emei Shan

Leiyin Temple

Originally dating to the Ming dynasty, the former Moksha temple was renamed Leiyin in 1884. A 4.8m Guanyin statue is housed in a much newer Guanyin Hall, behind the main temple building.

Buddhist Temple in Emei Shan

Chu Temple

This small one-room temple makes a nice shady spot to rest en route to Huayan Peak.