The Sichuan province is globally well known for it's spicy delectable food, ranging from the hot chilli stir fries to the Ma la hot pots and so on. But one thing people forget is that Sichuan has some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in all of China, so beautiful in fact that this particular one -- Emei Mountain is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.
It's located in the western rim of the Sichuan basin and to the west of it, you'll find the west mountain ranges known as Daxiangling. In 1996, Mt. Emei was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are some significant literature which originated from this area, particularly in the Buddhist scriptures. Mount Emei is traditionally regarded as a place of enlightenment of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. In Chinese, it is known as Puxian pusa.
Other traditional lore from the 16th and 17th centuries cite the Emei mountain ranges as the origin of Shaolin monasteries as well as the origin of Chinese boxing.
With such a strong background and history of Buddhist culture in this region, there are a lot of Buddhist monasteries and buildings still around today. In fact, the first Buddhist temple built in China is located here.
Other than the first temple, it also has 76 other Buddhist monasteries from the Ming and Qing period, most of them built high up the mountains.
What you'll notice as you look through the pictures, is that most of these buildings are designed such that they blend in with the landscape, minimising or even enhancing the nature which stretches all around.
Many people visit to experience the views, and for that, you'll need to make sure you visit when the weather is forecast to not be overcast or raining.
You'll also need to visit during off peak times to avoid "people mountain people sea".
Lucky for us, we went on a weekday and the weather wasn't too good, (nor was it too bad) and so we felt like we had the whole region to ourselves!