Mount E’mei

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Located in central south Sichuan, Mount E'mei extends from south to north for 23 km and covers an area of 115 sq. km. Its Wanfo (Ten Thousand Buddhas) Summit is 3,099 m above sea level. On December 6, 1996, the mountain was included in the World Heritage List.

Mount E'mei is known for its unique beautiful scenery and Buddhist activities, as well as its numerous invaluable cultural relics, such as a 400-year-old brass stele dedicated to the golden (brass) hall built in the Wanli Reign period (1567-1573) of the Ming Dynasty. The stele is inscribed with "Newly built Da'e Brass Hall" on the front side and "Mount E'mei Golden Hall" on the reverse side. The inscriptions are rare and valuable because they are patchworks composed of characters picked from works of the Jin Dynasty calligrapher Wang Xizhi and Tang Dynasty calligrapher Chu Suiliang. The beamless brick hall of the Wannian Temple on Mount E'mei houses a brass statue of Samantabhadra riding on an elephant. It was built in 980 by Master Monk Maozhen of the Baishui Temple, who bought brass with the gold that the Song Dynasty emperor gave him. The entire statue is 7.4 m high and weighs 62 tons. The statue is of superb workmanship and has been listed by the State Council as a cultural relic under national-level protection.

Mount E'mei, Sichuan