Emei Shan (峨嵋山)

August 1-2, 2006

3079m

Sichuan, China

This was my second summit after owning a digital camera. Mom and I did it as part of our 2-week trip to southwestern China. However, this mountain was the least scenic part of this trip, probably due to the weather. Emei Shan, or Mount Emei, is a very popular tourism mountain and it sees thousands of tourists each day in prime season. If doing this completely on foot, one will need 2 days for the least. We tried to hike up but gave up midway and took a bus to its upper parking area the next morning. Then we hiked to the summit. Note that you can take the gondola from upper parking area to the top. The weather was bad as usual, and we couldn’t see anything far away. If weather is clear then you might can see the highest peak in Sichuan, a peak higher than 7500 meters, but too bad we didn’t have that luck.. I took another short ride to a slightly higher, but less popular summit. Weather was again, bad. Mom and I hiked most of the way down until the last bit where we took a gondola ride.

Me at the "start". Those three Chinese words in background says "E mei Shan"

Me at the “start”. Those three Chinese words in background says “E mei Shan”

Typical view in the forest

Typical view in the forest

Me at a viewpoint at lower elevation

Me at a viewpoint at lower elevation

Mom hiking up the typical staircases

Mom hiking up the typical staircases

One of the must-visit areas in this mountain. There're lots of monkeys but I didn't have a good photo of them until on the way down.

One of the must-visit areas in this mountain. There’re lots of monkeys but I didn’t have a good photo of them until on the way down.

The same area

The same area

Didn't remember where this was taken. Could be one of the temples that we slept in

Didn’t remember where this was taken. Could be one of the temples that we slept in

Weather was poor the next day.

Weather was poor the next day.

Me on the top, "Gin Ding", which means "golden dome"

Me on the top, “Gin Ding”, which means “golden dome”

Mom on the top

Mom on the top

This is the top of another summit, "Wan Fe Ding"

This is the top of another summit, “Wan Fe Ding”

Brief weather window provided some sort of views...

Brief weather window provided some sort of views…

Back into the fog again

Back into the fog again

Finally got a photo of the monkeys.

Finally got a photo of the monkeys.

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