Friday, we journey up Mt. Emei, one of the four most sacred mountains in China. We travel by bus, foot, and cable car to reach the peak, an altitude 10,000 feet. Monkeys there have learned to swipe water and soda bottles from unsuspecting hikers. Ask Jeanette.
At that height, we are above the fog that envelops lower elevations, so it is sunny perhaps for the first time in several days. Other mountain peaks poke out of what they call the Sea of Clouds. At the top there's a humongous/ginormous golden Buddhist statue, elephant statues, incense burning cauldrons, temples and other large buildings. The scale of the structures echo the magnitude of the beauty of the nature surrounding them.