|After a chilly and damp night's sleep, we were up early again to catch a local bus up the mountain to the Jinding Peak Cableway which would take us to the top of Mt. Emei, at a height of 3,100 metres above sea level and where The Golden Buddha is located. From the bus park we hiked up a series of stairs in the clouds and the rain, past a family of monkeys and numerous vendors' shops on the way to the cable car. Upon our arrival at the top, it was so cloudy and foggy that you could barely see your hand in front of your face. We were standing right next to the Golden Buddha and were unable to see the top of it thru the clouds and mist. After visiting inside the various temples we made our way back down to the bus and then to Wuxian Gang Park where we had a tasty Sichuan lunch at the Pin Fu Restaurant......we needed our strength for the hike ahead.....back up the mountain to the Hongchunping Monastery at a height of some 1,100 metres. The path way was well maintained and easy to follow as we crossed streams and lakes and passed temples and scenes carved in to the rock along the way and past a monkey forest, but the final trek included 1,200 or so steps at quite an incline and we were all tuckered out by the time we made it to our destination. The facilities were simple and we quite enjoyed the view of the valley from the water closet as we squatted. We missed the dinner bell for supper with the monks and so we all headed back down 200 steps to the "Hard Wok Café", owned by a sweet couple who waited on us hand and foot and served us incredible meals all cooked from scratch while we sat and chatted about the events of the day.......