Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mount Emei

''Omei Shan redirects here, For the bird see Grey-faced Liocichla''

Mount Emei is a mountain in Sichuan province of Western China. Mount Emei is often written as 峨眉山 and occasionally 峩嵋山 or 峩眉山 but all three are translated as Mount Emei or Mount Emeishan.

Mt. Emei is one of the . The patron bodhisattva of Emei is Samantabhadra, known in as Puxian .
16th and 17th century sources allude to the practice of martial arts in the monasteries of Mount Emei. made the earliest extant reference to the Shaolin Monastery as Chinese boxing's place of origin.

A large surrounding area of countryside is geologically known as the Permian Emeishan Large Igneous Province, a large igneous province generated by the Emeishan Traps volcanic eruptions during the Permian Period.

Mt. Emei was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

The Emei Shan Liocichla, a passerine bird is named after the site.


This is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China in the 1st century CE.
There are cable cars to top level of the mountain.

Images of Mount Emei