Map of Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area
Your Y70 entrance fee not only includes a visit to the Giant Buddha but to a whole scenic park. The park includes temples, pavilions, pagodas, caves and gardens with trails running all over the park. I've included a map that was posted beside the entrance. If you would like a larger version, then let me know.
All You Need To Know
Ge Bi Zhou: "Mountain is a Buddha, Buddha is a mountain!"
For a detailed account of the secrets & history & all you need to know about the Dafo (Grand Buddha), please proceed to http://www.warriortours.com/river/leshan.htm .
Leshan city_Si Chuan Province _ China
Leshan (simplified Chinese: 乐山; traditional Chinese: 樂山; pinyin: Lèshān; Wade–Giles: Le-shan; literally "Happy mountain"; Sichuanese Pinyin: No2san1; local pronunciation: [nʊʔ˧sã˥]) is a prefecture-level city located at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers in Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China. Leshan is located on the southwestern fringe of the Red Basin in southern Sichuan, about 120 km from Chengdu.
Currently see Chengdu (Sichuan sheng, China) page
All needs to be revised when I have time.
Leshan, Giant Buddha, together with Emei shan Mountain area, is on UNESCO World Heritage list, see website for details:
Here is part of the brief info:
When you get to Leshan (a 1.5-hour easy and comfortable bus ride from Chengdu, details later), then you can either walk or take a minibus to get to the dock.
Two types of ferries:
1) RMB 1/person/trip, just cross.
2) RMB 30/person/trip, this boat will stop at the middle or river, right in front of the giant buddha for 10 minutes, enough time for you to photo it, then reach the south bank.
Walk up the hill, pay RMB 40/person admission fee, follow the one-way direction path, to the top of the hill. Do NOT try to go counter-traffic direction, as the later path would be VERY narrow and no-way could you go up from there (we tried, and had to go back. :( At the admission place, the staff would say 'go as you like', so we believed. The counter-traffic direction hike probably is okay during off season only.
Have close up view of the buddha. Go through the history exhibiton behind, then walk down the narrow 9-bend stairway (jiu3 qu3 zhan4 dao4) to the hillfoot of the buddha. A platform is set up for photo taking if that is your cup of tea.
Then walk along the Above Cloud pathway (ling2 yun2 zhan4 dao4) to the back of the hill.
A boat-shaped village (very tiny, rather call it 'house compound') and a museum of suspending coffin culture (ma2 hao4 ya2 museum) are across the new arch bridge (with red and yellow glazed tiles and dragon heads deco) from the back of the giant buddha.
On the top 'rim' from where you can see the giant buddha from top, there is also an exhibition about the buddha's history with models and photos.
From the front of the giant buddha, if you can find the vintage point further away, someone said (also can find the drawings from local tourist map), the whole hill looks like a sleeping male buddha where the giant buddha at the chest position (buddha in the heart?)
Enjoy the photos in travelogue.