Leshan Travel Guide

  • Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
    Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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  • Leshan - Merging of the 3 rivers
    Leshan - Merging of the 3 rivers
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  • Liu Xiang Ge exterior
    Liu Xiang Ge exterior
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Leshan Things to Do

  • Big Buddha

    It was easy to go down, but coming up was another story. Ancient stairs are inside the mountain, steps are quite high and the air is not the freshed. So if you have e.g. some medical condition, it may be better jus look a statue from up.

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  • World Cultural & Natural Heritage

    It's interesting to note that the Grand Buddha project which was originally constructed to protect boatmen from perishing in the Min River has now been granted the name of "world cultural and natural heritage" in Dec 1996.

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  • Wuyou Temple - Arhat Hall

    This hall was built in 1909 in the late Qing dynasty and was rebuilt in 1986 with the effort of the monks of the temple. It features some 500 disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha.

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  • Wuyou Temple

    This temple was built around AD 750 during the Tang Dynasty. In the temple are many places of cultural and historical interest such as the Tianwang (Heavenly Kings) Hall, Mituo Hall, Daxiong Grand Hall, Guanyin Hall and Wuyou Hall.

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  • Mahao Tomb Cave - Museum

    Relics found from inside the tomb caves are displayed inside a small museum housed within the grounds of the caves. More photo's can be found in my travelogues.

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  • Mahao Tomb Cave

    These tomb caves date from the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220) and were built to house the remains of local nobles. They feature carved scenes of cavalry and some early Buddha figures.

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  • Haoshang Bridge

    This elegant, part-covered bridge is built in an 'antique' style and links the Giant Buddha with outlying temples on the adjacent hills.

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  • Fishing Village

    If, after taking the route down to the Giant Buddha's feet, you take the cliff path towards Wuyou Temple, you'll go through this traditional fishing village. The village itself is said to be boat-shaped in order to be an imitation of the ancient Luocheng town built during the Qing dynasty. You'll find several places selling food and drinks plus...

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  • Fort Sangui-Jiuding

    Along the Cliff Road is a 13th century fort which was built in order to fight against invading Mongolians.

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  • Cliff Road

    The 500 metre long Cliff Road consists of two sections: one is the 9-turn zigzag cliff path that was built in the 8th century; the other is the Lingyun Cliff Road that was built in 1984.

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  • Weathered carvings

    As you walk down the narrow and tricky staircase to the feet of the Giant Buddha, you'll pass by several rock carvings that have been weathered by wind and rain over the centuries.

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  • Experimental Wall

    This stretch of wall displays experimental mixed blocks of different materials, proportions and tone scales used to repair the Giant Buddha from the 1990s.

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  • Monk Haitong Cave

    This cave was originally a 10 metre deep tomb that was dug in the 3rd century. Monk Haitong is said to have lived in the cave during the Giant Buddha's construction.

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  • Lingbao Pagoda

    This 13 storey pagoda sits on top of Lingbao Peak, hence its name, and was built in the 7th century which is when the temple was built. It reaches a height of 29 metres and contains five halls inside. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be possible to climb up inside.

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  • Yijing Annotation Cave

    This cave lies within the grounds of Lingyun Temple, which itself is located above the Giant Buddha's head. Anyou, a native of Jiazhou (now known as Leshan) was executive of the Ministry of Finance at the end of the 15th century and studied the Book of Change (Yijing) here. In the cave there are five stone tablets carved by Yuan Zirang, governor of...

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  • Lingyun Temple

    This temple is located above the Giant Buddha's head. It was built in the 7th century and renovated in the 17th century. In addition to the Giant Buddha, the temple is said to be "the most magnificent building in the southwest".

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  • Great 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.

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  • Guardian figures

    The Giant Buddha is flanked on either side by large guardian figures which can only be seen from the river on the boat.

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  • Trails/staircases

    Trails run all over the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Park and are well maintained if a little steep in places and are well sign-posted. You'll pass by lots of little pools, statues and stone inscriptions along the way to the staircase that takes you down to the Giant Buddha's feet.

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  • Dafo's vital statistics

    Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long (about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide (about 92 feet)...

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  • Dafo - Giant Buddha

    The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71 meter high statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. The Buddha is located at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. In December 1996, the...

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Leshan Hotels

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  • Hanzun Hotel

    No.509 Baiyang Middle Road, Shizhong District, Leshan, Sichuan, 614000, China

    Good for: Business

  • Hua Sheng Hotel E'Meishan

    South Foguang Road, Leshan, China, 614201, CN

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Jin Hai Tang

    99# Hai Tang Road, Leshan City,, Leshan, China, CN

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Leshan Restaurants

  • Try the Chinese bacon & eggs

    Liú xiāng gé (留香阁) translates as Fragrance Court. This small restaurant is located in an area where buses drop off tourists to scale Emei Mountain to the cable car that rides to the top. There are a few places to eat near here for a quick bite to eat before scaling the mountain. This place is worth noting for the Chinese...

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  • Delicious Food at DiHao

    Located on a main street near Baoguo Temple, this restaurant is part of the DiHao Hotel. There are many restaurants in this area and a whole food court in fact to walk around in and see the varieties of dishes being served. Worth a walkabout to see what is to your taste, but this restaurant attached to the DiHao Hotel was quite good. Dining is...

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  • Restaurant for the Masses

    Dàzhòng fàndiàn (大众饭店) is located very near the main entrance to the Oriental Buddha Park in Leshan, China. Dàzhòng (大众) means a large crowd or many people, and fàndiàn (饭店) means food store or restaurant. The interpretation would be "Many People's restaurant" or "Masses Restaurant", hence my...

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Leshan Transportation

  • Tour boat

    The best way to get the best view of Dafo (the Great Buddha) is by taking a boat ride that hovers in front of the statue for about 10 minutes. You also get to see the other features beside him like the Guardian figures and the footpaths. The boat leaves from the dock on the other side of the river near the tall hotels and costs Y50.

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  • Bus to Leshan

    The best way to get to Leshan from Chengdu is by bus. Buses leave from Chengdu's Xinnanmen bus station every 20 minutes or so. The bus station is located on the southern side of the river on Lin Jiang Zhong Lu near Xin Nan Lu. The journey takes about 2 hours and cost me Y44.

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  • Bus station of Leshan

    Leshan has no airport and railway station, take bus from Chengdu to Leshan is very easy, only about 10 minutes between two bus. Leshan has two bus stations. you may take internal bus of leshan or take a taxi(not more than 15 YUAN) to the Giant Buddha.there is also buses from Leshan to Emei, it's quiet close.

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Leshan Warnings and Dangers

  • Staircases

    The way down to the Giant Buddha's feet is by a series of staircases. Be extremely careful when you go down as the steps are very small and narrow and your feet will be a bit on the large side compared with the average local. The staircases are also very steep, narrow and very crowded so just take your time going down.

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  • Had my camera stolen

    Hey, I should have been more careful, but I did have my camera stolen sometime in Leshan.I also went on a tour with Richard Yang. "The Yang's Restaurant" is recommended in the Lonely Planet, and I would recommend the food as well. Just don't go on his tour for $20. It's just that you can experience going to a market on your own. Well, I didn't gain...

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  • Shortsage of Men Power

    Most of the people has gone to the industrial as the income is hinger than to work as a cleaner or a gardener resulted the historical statue seriously abondant.

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Leshan Off The Beaten Path

  • Tomb Museum

    If you are interested in Chinese art history, than you may find visiting this Mahaoya Tomb Museum as rewarding as seeing the Grand Buddha. Above one of the tomb entrances, is the oldest example of a Buddha statue found in China (not including those along the Silk Road). Photography is not allowed in the tomb. However, they have a couple of ancient...

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  • Riverside Restaurants

    Most people come to Leshan for the Grand Buddha, including us, but don't forget to take your time to walk around the park. When you are tired, you can find little restaurants like this by the river near an 800 year old bridge decroated with dragons. You can pick out fresh ingredients, like fish and shrimp, right from the open kitchens.

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  • Waterfront Stroll

    Do what the locals do, take a leisurly walk along the waterfront opposite side to the Grand Buddha. There are plenty of benches to sit down and watch people go by. For 2 yuan you can take a small ferry to the island (more like a sand bar) lying in the middle of the river between you and the Buddha.

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Leshan Favorites

  • 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.

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  • The End.

    At the end, a 2 meters tall man and a 200meters Buddha were become good friend. And here ends the story of Buddha, but the beginning the story of 'The Life of the young Man'.

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  • The Blessing

    Long long ago, there are 1000 of people or more died in flood every year during the raining season in this river. This Leshan Buddha was built is to bless the city, the whole area from flood, from nature digaster

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