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Emei Shan City Location & Map

Located between 102.49 and 104.30 degrees east longitude and 29.30 and 30.16 degrees north latitude, Emeishan is an inland city in the Sichuan province of China. It lies in the southwest of the Chengdou plain.

Emei Shan Area

It covers an area of 1183 square kilometers.

Area code: 0833
Postal code: 614200

Emei Shan Population

It has a population of 431,200.

Emei Shan Climate & Weather

Sub-tropical climate featured with temperate and humid weather and four distinct seasons; The annual average temperature is 17.2 centigrade degrees and the annual precipitation is of 1555.3mm.

History of Emei Shan

Emei Shan literally means "Delicate Eyebrow Mountain". It derives its name from two peaks which face each other and look like the delicate eyebrows of a Chinese classic beauty. Emei Shan is sacred to the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Mt. Emei is historically significant as being the site of the first Buddhist temple in China, which was built at the base of the mountain in the 1st century AD. From this first temple, Buddhism spread widely throughout the East. Other temples followed the first on Mt. Emei, and the mountain soon became a sacred Buddhist site.

What to see

Emei Shan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring many temples, natural wonders and breathtaking scenery. The slopes incorporate several different climates and much wildlife, especially birds and trees. Some of the trees are more than 1,000 years old.

There are also monkeys, who are accustomed to tourists and assertive; they aren't dangerious but will beg for food and grab at bags as hikers walk along the trails. Many hikers carry walking sticks to shoo them away.

The largest surviving building is Baoguo Monastery, at the mountain base. Built in the 16th century, Baoguo is the usual starting point for any serious exploration. The monastery includes a library of sutras and a huge porcelain Buddha. Further up the mountain lies the Monastery of the Lurking Tiger (Fuhu Si), which features a lovely seven-meter high copper pagoda.

The Four Wonders of Mt. Emei are Buddha's Halo, the Sea of Clouds, the Holy Lamp (or Divine Lights) and the Golden Summit Sunrise. These spectacular effects are best seen from the Golden Summit monastery.