Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Series of Mountain (7): Travel to Emeishan

Today we will explore Emeishan and all that it has offered. Located in Sichuan Province, Emeishan's history has been recorded for over 2,000 years, during which time a rich Buddhist cultural heritage has accumulated. Together with Wutaishan, Jiuhuashan, Putuoshan, Emeishan's one of the four shrines of Buddhism in China.

Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha scenic area! It’s said to be the biggest Buddha statue in the world, carved on the mountain, stands 71 m high. There are more than 90 stone carvings and Buddhist shrines on both sides of the Giant Buddha. The way in which the cultural features have been integrated with the natural scenery is considered to be a precious legacy.

While here, don’t miss the four famous and special physical phenomenons. They are sunrise, seas of clouds, "Buddha's halo", and holy lights. Atop the Golden Summit, which is 3,099 meters high, one can enjoy the sunrise, seas of clouds.

Then what’s "Buddha's halo" and holy lights? When the sun projects the shadow of the viewer on the clouds in front of him or her, ice crystals and tiny drops of water in the clouds may reflect the light to form a rainbow around the shadow. Only in few places(such as Golden Summit) with appropriate sync of light, landform and clouds could the Buddha's halo be enjoyed.

Holy lights: On evenings when the moon can not be observed (either in the early or late period of a lunar month), and after rain, tourists may see countless shining balls of light rising from the foot of the cliff and floating up in the air. This is the mysterious scene of "holy lights".

There are some other wonderful scenery and temples, such as Wannian Temple, Baoguo Temple, and Fuhu Temple, etc. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself!

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