The first Buddhist temple in China was built on the summit of Mount Emei in the 1st century AD, making it an area of exceptional spiritual and cultural importance. There are now over 30 temples, all done in the local traditional style and most are built on hillsides, taking advantage of the terrain. Standing at 10,226 feet tall, Mount Emei was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996 and has become one of Sichuan Province’s must-see sites. Your friendly, English-speaking guide will make sure you reach the Mount Emei Scenic Area and get back to Chengdu with ease and comfort. The mountain is best to visit during the summer as bitter cold and heavy snowfall can render the summit inaccessible. Another good time to visit is in early autumn, so you can use the myriad stone carvings along the trails and stave off the cool mists by hunkering down with a warm cup of green tea at one of the temple tea houses.