It is a good day to take our fellow travelers and our good friend Mark Hamilton up to the peak of Mount Emei. Using the tickets we got from Yanmiao of Fuhu Monastery, we got on the bus and headed up the mountain at around 1000. The trip took about an hour to reach the stairs to the cable cars. We are all older folks (except Mark but he must walk with us) so the climb will take us about an hour to reach he cable cars. Again, a great day for a walk even though it is a Sunday and crowded.
A Misty Start
Must be Emei Mountain as the mist still lingers on among the trees.
Our Climb Begins
We begin our climb after the necessary pitstops for all and start the walk up the many stairs. This will be our third time to go to the top of Emei.
Ahhh, mist and crowds. What a great way to spend a Sunday!
The Famous Mount Emei Monkey
There be monkeys about, but this time only three or four are seen. Usually there are many more and I consider us to be lucky since they are evil and nasty creatures.
This Coke Is His
Never try to get your coke back once it is in the hands of an evil monkey.
The participating climbers today are from left to right; Sunee, Xingming of Baoguo Temple fame, Mark Hamilton of SWJTU fame, Ms Mam and her newly minted husband Mr. Ching the Singaporean.
A Kid Climber
Little kids can also climb Emei Mountain. It really is not that difficult.
A One And A Half Hour Wait On The Cable Cars
The line to the cable cars were long. It must have been a Sunday.
The Top At Long Last
Finally after that long cable car wait and another thirty minutes or so of climbing, we make it to the top. Sunee and I kick back and just let the newbies have at it. I did take a few pictures as you can see.
The Bronze Temple of Emei
Mr. Supal On The Top Portrait
Mark Portrait On The Top
The Mist Of Emei
The Large Silver Temple
Mark With A Great Background
Definitely On The Top
The Mist Continues To Linger
Ok, it was nice as usual on the top and now it is time to go back down the mountain. Only a few minutes and we catch the cable car back down and begin the walk to the bus station.
Sunee and Xingming Pose For The Camera
Here Sunee poses with our good friend, Xingming, about half way down the stairs.
Tea Bought From These Guys Will Not Be Very Good
Tea rule #5: Never buy tea from tourist sites where one must walk a long way to get to arrive. Guarantee the tea is substandard with premium prices. Maybe the sellers believe the cheap tea will be better at higher altitudes. We passed on the tea.
Only If One Is Really Tired
If one get really tired, one can always hire a porter. Saw lots of tourists taking advantage of an easy way to get down the mountain.
On Our Way Down To Catch A Bus
Easy walk down to the bus station. We catch our bus back to the Emei Tourist Center and call it a day - a very nice day to be sure.