Mount Emei in Sichuan Province, China, is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. With an elevation of 10,000 feet, and an area of 60 square miles, Mount Emei is known for its steep-sided terrain, stunning scenery, various microclimates, and diverse vegetation. Mount Emei is also a renowned sacred mountain to followers of Buddhism. Under certain weather conditions, a halo can be seen at the top of the mountain. Some people consider the halo to be an appearance of the Buddha. Many people have practiced Buddhism here since the first Buddhist temple was built here in A.D. 1.
Of all the wild animals inhabiting Mount Emei, the monkeys are the most famous. They are not shy at all. They often walk up to tourists and beg for food. If people refuse to feed them, some have been known to go through the tourists’ pockets or bags to look for themselves. Therefore, people often initiate giving food to the monkeys. The interaction between monkeys and humans creates an interesting scene on Mount Emei.