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Sichuan (China)

In this album you find a selection of pictures from the Sichuan province in China. In June 2012 I flew there from Peking for a 5 days trip. 3 days I spent doing trekking on the Emei Mountain, a magic place and a holy mountain for buddists (link ENG, link POL).

Mount Emei is an area of striking scenic beauty and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also of great spiritual and cultural importance because of its role in the introduction of Buddhism into China. An amazing system of over 50 km of hiking tracks (solely made of stone steps) leads from Baguo Temple in Emei (550 m asl) to Golden Summit (3079 m asl) (link hike ENG) . The mountain is the Buddhists „must go” place in China, as over 30 temples are located in the mountains and forests of the area. It is also a hot spot area of biodiversity notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to subalpine pine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1,000 years old.

Some more pictures follow from Leshan and the Grand Buddha (the highest Buddha scultupte in China and Asia) as well as from Chengdu and the Panda Research Centre. The Giant Buddha of Leshan has been carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and is looking down on the confluence of three rivers. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world.

… and don´t be misled by the fresh colours and clouds, June in Sichuan is very hot and humid, quite hard to stand! Better not to mention how sweaty was the hike!