China Filming Insights

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China Filming Locations: Mountains

When it comes to filming in mountains, China has a great amount of mountain filming locations to offer. From the south to the east, from the Sun rise, cloud sea to the snow mountains, in this post, we will try to give you a quick glance of what are the most iconic famous mountains for your potential filming.

Mount Emei / Emei Mountain / Mount Omei

Mount Emei – Photo By George N

Mount Emei, also known as Mount Omei, is a majestic mountain located in Sichuan Province, China. At 3,099 meters tall, it is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Situated at the western edge of the Sichuan Basin, Mount Emei is surrounded by the Daxiangling mountains. The area surrounding the mountain is geologically known as the Permian Emeishan Large Igneous Province, which was generated by the Emeishan Traps volcanic eruptions during the Permian Period.

The county-level city of Emeishan City, which is part of the prefecture-level city of Leshan, is located near Mount Emei. In 1996, Mount Emei was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Emei is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China and is considered the bodhimaṇḍa, or place of enlightenment, of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. It is also known for its martial arts practices, which were said to have been developed in the monasteries of Mount Emei.

The mountain is home to seventy-six Buddhist monasteries of the Ming and Qing dynasties, many of which are situated near the mountain’s peak. The architectural style of these monasteries is flexible and adapts to the landscape, with some structures built on terraces and others on raised stilts. The winding footpath leading to the monasteries is 50 km (31 mi) long and takes several days to walk. Visitors can also take cable cars to the two temples at Jinding, which is an hour’s hike from the mountain’s peak.

The climate on the summit of Mount Emei is alpine subarctic, with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. The annual mean temperature is 3.07 °C (37.5 °F), and precipitation is common year-round, with heavy rainfall occurring in summer due to the influence of the monsoon.

In addition to its cultural and spiritual significance, Mount Emei is also a beautiful filming location for movies and TV shows. Its stunning natural scenery and unique architecture make it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.