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Photoblog; Floating Above the Clouds on Mount Emei
Almost 4,000 metres above sea level, my view was dominated by fluffy clouds and mountain ranges. As one of the four sacred #Buddhist summits of #China, #MountEmei doesn’t only offer the best view of the county but also a glimpse of #Buddhist #spirituality.
Mount Emei, China
Thick, white clouds surround us almost as if we are floating above them. All the concrete of the city have disappeared beneath us, under that layer of marshmallow white clouds. There are only the soothing sounds of chanting prayers echoing in the distance. At 3,099 metres above sea level, all we see in the horizon are the clear blue skies and the sea of cloud at our feet.
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We are standing on the peak of Mount Emei, the highest of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China.
Located on the western rim of the Sichuan basin, Mount Emei dominates the landscape of the Leshan county along with the world’s tallest Buddha. Dotted all over the slopes of the mountain are 76 Buddhist monasteries, and on its peak is where the first Buddhist temple in China was built, back in the 1st century CE. Today, the mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hugely popular with Buddhist pilgrims from all other parts of China.
the mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hugely popular with Buddhist pilgrims
Mount Emei, the highest of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China
During our visit, we made it up to Jinding, or Golden Summit, and hiked over an hour to get to the mountain’s peak. As a child, I’d heard of many Chinese mythical stories and legends surrounding this mountain, but nothing prepared me for this experience. Coming here felt surreal and I had an instant connection to the mountain. I’ll let Alberto’s pictures take you there with us and perhaps you can understand why.