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Travel Guide To Leshan Giant Buddha in China, One Of World’s Largest Buddha Statues.

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The Leshan Giant Buddha is not the world´s biggest Buddha statue. It´s not even on the top 10 list. But that doesn’t matter because this is the most IMPRESSIVE Buddha statue in the world, especially when you know that´s it’s more than 1300 years old. So all the bigger statues in the world are built during the last 20-30 years,

The Leshan Giant Buddha is t71-metre (233 ft) was built during the Tang Dynasty.

If you are travelling towards the east and Shanghai, and you want to stop along the way to do a hike? Visit Huangshan the Yellow Mountain.

The construction for the Leshan Buddha started in the year 713, by a Buddhist monk named Haitong.

It´s said that he decided to build the Buddha statue at the spot so the waters in “Dadu River” that are passing trough Leshan would calm down. The turbulent waters that plagued the shipping boats passing by on the river.

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Leshan city as seen from the Buddha, the water is pretty calm these days.

The construction of the Buddha statue got stopped for almost 70 years when Haitong died, and it wasn’t completed before almost 70 years later. 

Leshan is today connected with a high-speed train to Chengdu that only takes about 1 hour.

So it´s an easy day trip to do from the capital in the Sichuan province.

The Leshan Buddha is located inside a more giant park to the east outside of Leshan City itself.

The Giant Buddha is far from the only Buddha statue inside the Giant buddha scenic area by the Sichuan basin the park consists of numerous smaller carvings of various Buddhas on the Grand Buddha Cliff Road.

Other than the smaller Buddha carvings, also various temples, pavilions, shrines a beautiful bridge, and some wonderful small waterfalls. It´s a nice and quiet area IF you arrive before or after the big hoards of Chinese tour groups that are visiting the park every day.

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Nice and quiet inside the park.

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One of the smaller Buddha carvings in the area

But I have to admit that most of the other carvings around in the park are pretty uninteresting compared to the star itself the Giant Leshan Buddha statue, that’s the reason why you are here in the beginning.

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It´s BIG the Leshan Giant Buddha

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Absolutely Huge.

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Luckily it got pants on.

Just to put in perspective how big it is: while the full statue is 71-metre (233 ft) tall and 24 meters (78 ft ) wide, the fingers are 8.3-meter(27 ft) long, the Buddha´s head is 14.7 meters (48 ft) long and 10 (33 ft) meters wide with total 1021 buns of hair. You can even accommodate 100 people on the statue’s instep.

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The toe is large enough to accommodate a dining table. And the Instep can hold 100 people.

Unfortunately, one thing the monks that constructed the Leshan Giant Buddha didn’t think of back in the day was that the statue is almost impossible to get into one photo from the place it’s seated, it’s possible to go on a river cruise past the statue to get an overview look on it, but the water is Leshan is often way too polluted and foggy for that to be possible.

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The head is 14.7 meters (48 ft) long and 10 (33 ft) meters wide with.

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And it has a total of 1021 buns of hair.

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The panoramic view is taken with an iPhone:)

Some of the photos in this post have I borrowed from my good friend Thomas. 

The Leshan Giant Buddha was together with Mount Emei Scenic Area, been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Additional Information about Leshan Giant Buddha.

Entrance Fee:

90 RMB, No student discount.

Opening Hours:

09:00 to 16:50

Getting There:

There are nine high-speed trains from Chengdu to Leshan railway station a day; they take about 1 hour. The first train leaves from Chengdu East train station at 7.36. A seat in second class cost 56 RMB, First Class seat will cost you 65 RMB and Business Class Seat 125Rmb. From Leshan, Train station take bus nr 3 to reach the park.

Every Hostel can arrange a trip to the park as well with a private driver for about.

Is it worth it:

8/10. It´s definitely worth it; you can’t visit Chengdu and not making a day trip to see the Leshan Giant Buddha.

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Travel guide to Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province in China.

Travel guide to Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province in China.

l guide to Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province in China. A Unesco World. Heritage Site

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