Emei Shan literally means "Delicate Eyebrow Mountain". It derives its name from two peaks which face each other and look like the delicate eyebrows of a Chinese classic beauty. Emei Shan is sacred to the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. Mt. Emei is historically significant as being the site of the first Buddhist temple in China, which was built at the base of the mountain in the 1st century AD. From this first temple, Buddhism spread widely throughout the East. Other temples followed the first on Mt. Emei, and the mountain soon became a sacred Buddhist site.