Chinese Buddhists believe that climbing Mount Emei, one of their five sacred mountains, purifies their karma. In other words, such a climb gets rid of your sins or at least of some sins! What a wonder!
I climbed it from the bottom in three days. That was a real adventure! First of all, don't think you will need special gear or ropes: there are stairs from the very beginning to the top. You need to pay an entry fee. There are people and shops almost everywhere. The landscapes are breathtaking. The temples you will encounter on the way are unbelievable - as if straight from another century. However, the monks I met seem to ignore the basic principles of their own religion... That's a pity!
The accommodations on the way are really terrible. You won't find anything else than a questionable bed, in a dormitory. They didn't have a bathroom at all. On my last day, I got a serious stomachache. A young man who had slept in the bed next to mine decided to walk with me, even though I had told him I would slow him down.
At about 2,800 meters, it started to rain. The temperature was really low - much lower than I had imagined! I realized I hadn't taken enough clothes... The man removed his rain coat and begged me to take it. At first, I refused, knowing fully well that if he gave me his coat he wouldn't have any for himself, but he insisted, saying that I had a stomachache. In the end I agreed, aware that I had witnessed an act of kindness from a perfect stranger.
Through this story, please understand that you need to wear enough on this mountain and to bring a rain coat or an umbrella. You understand as well that it is a magical mountain, a mountain where acts of kindness, of deep compassion, are performed every single day.
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