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These pictures are of my trip to one of the four most sacred buddhist mountains in China called Emei Shan. Shan in Chinese means mountain if you hadn't guessed already. Temples have been built on this mountain for over a thousand years. Many of the ones we visited were recreations of the originals when the others were destroyed by fires or other disasters.
We climbed up the mountain for two days. The first day we didn't go far but the second day we climbed for around nine hours and went from about 500 meters to about 3000 meters. It was almost constant stair cases. A running joke was for the lead person to tell the others in the back that they thought it flattened out up ahead. When you would get to a flat part however it would just be a short walk to the next stair case.
The second day of climbing was great though. There were green forrests, clear streams, and greedy monkeys. The mist that accumulated towards the end of the day gave the temples and trails an erie calm. It was a great hike.
The third day we climbed back down again and headed home to beautiful Wuhan. It was nice to get a break from the city. I would highly reccomend to anyone traveling to Emei Shan to check their lonely planet and take the path up the mountain that it suggests. It will save you a few hours of hiking.
article published 11/25/2004