How to Experience Peace at the Mt. Emei Monastery in China
When exploring China for a few days, you begin feeling one of the stronger traveller’s blessings – the opportunity to embrace a country and enjoy moments that touch a traveller’s soul. This blissful feeling of fulfillment happens every time you tick a moment or item off your bucket list, catch a heartfelt story of a local, or see something from someone else’s eyes. There is so much to see in China that it can be hard to choose what to include and what to omit from your itinerary. However for each trip, you should have a spot to slow down and unwind. And in China, this ideal spot is atop Mt. Emei at a peaceful monastery.
A Little About Mt. Emei
Your Stay at a Mt. Emei Monastery
I had few expectations for this accommodation except for providing me with a safe place to rest for the night. The showers and washrooms were outside the rooms and no elevator was available; however, it was nothing near “roughing it.” The gentleman running the monastery’s accommodation area was incredibly helpful and willing to do whatever it took for patrons to be comfortable.
Since I arrived to Mt. Emei in November, I needed a double helping of blankets to stay warm, but other than this the rooms did the trick for a peaceful night’s rest.
Pro-Tip: If you tend to feel cold, it is highly recommended to request additional linens and wear flannel pajamas to bed. There is no heating provided and the night air can get quite chilly being within a mountain range.
Mt. Emei Monastery Food Details
After dinner I decided to explore the grounds. I stopped at a giant Buddha. The Buddha’s location had a “Stairway to Heaven” effect as you were in front of such a sacred being. Although Buddhism is not my faith, I respected him so much, closed my eyes and sent a message of thanks for being blessed to share this time and opportunity in one of his sacred homes. I thanked God for bringing me to this peaceful place and expressed my undying gratitude.
The Chanting on Mt. Emei
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Staying at the monastery provides such beneficial rejuvenation while travelling through China. The mountainous views, natural splendor of birds and butterflies, and the sunrise chants are worth every moment spent here; not to mention providing a glimpse of the monks incredible life of solitude and dedication to those who had no clue how dedicated and peaceful they are.
This place was definitely one of my favorite places on my 3 week trip….it was cold, and basic, but truly incredible.
Buddha, thank you.
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