Mount Emeishan

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Teddy Bear Hotel Emeishan
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Monday, September 26, 2011

Another 11.5hr journey checked off the list, I was beyond thrilled to have arrived Chengdu, voted "one of the top four most livable cities in China." Sim's Cozy Guesthouse although as large as a college dorm which might as well be located in Israel based on the majority of the guests, offers efficient service and a very social café/bar area. I especially enjoyed the full pressure, hot shower before dinning on Western food and socializing with another American.

Due to the one week long Chinese national holiday beginning Oct. 1 I wanted to make sure I conquered Mount Emei, one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, before then. My preference was to hike up the mountain and take available transport down, but as a compromise to walking the mountain solo I began the journey with two English teachers living in Shanghai, Kierin and Kathryn who planned otherwise. Their plans included taking the bus to the top, then walking to the Golden Summit at 10,167 ft. before sleeping somewhere in the middle of the mountain. Unfortunately the weather was uncooperative bringing cold rain, and my rain coat seemed to no longer be waterproof leaving me miserably cold and forced to change my plan.

Already separated from K2 I met a nice Chinese couple Winnie and Gong, both engineers in the telecommunication field, Ericson and Nokia respectively, who were faced with the same dilemma. Happy to have company, I followed them by bus down to the middle of the mountain. The weather was much more agreeable down low. Now dry we comfortably walked the popular route of temples until reaching Qingyin Pavillion where we sought accommodation for the night. The guy who ran the hotel was a man of many hats and had an outstanding personality. He checked us in with all the necessary paper work, every accommodation is sure to take a copy of your passport and provide a receipt, before slipping on his cute red apron and with a pleasant smile became the chef of our egg and tomato dinner.

We set out early the next morning to conquer the remaining portion of the mountain in hopes of reaching Longdian bus station in time for Winnie and Gong to make their 6:00PM bus to Chengdu. Apparently our start was even too early for the macaque monkeys since we dodged any sighting or attacks once we reached Monkey Jungle. During this stretch and just before tackling the 99 bends section we met a lone 22 year old Chinese kid whose destination for the night was to reach the summit. Our pace was a bit faster than Winnie and Gong and since they would most likely have to turn around at some point, we said our goodbyes and trudged forward. Shortly thereafter we encountered Gina and George, two Chinese natives residing in America back in Chengdu with Fullbright.

Now a group of six we fueled up on local Sichuan noodles and bamboo shoots to get us through the full another 12 miles of walking to our destination.  By the time all was said and done, I had walked/climbed the distance of a marathon in less than eight hours including the hour lunch break. I gave myself a nice pat on the back and although tempted to spend tonight at the summit in hope of catching a beautiful sunrise, I took the bus back to Teddy Bear Hotel for a long hot shower. 
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