9-18-14 Mt Emei
Thursday - Full Day at Mt. Emei
Today, ascended Mt. Emei, one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China, endowed with towering majestic beauty, as well as mysterious relics associated with Buddhism and Taoism. Traveled by cable car to the Golden Summit, its main peak that seemingly reaches the sky. The first Buddhist temple in China was built in these beautiful surroundings in the 1st century AD. The area is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, with trees more than 1,000 years old. Relaxed over lunch before returning to Chengdu. Later a visit to pedestrianized Jinli Street, one of the oldest streets in the city's history, once center of Chengdu's thriving embroidery industry. The shops, tea houses and residences, now renovated, are modeled after an ancient architectural style dating back to the Qin Dynasty.