Leshan Giant Sitting Buddha 乐山大佛
Certainly not the only reason to visit Leshan but most certanly a massive reason to do so. At over 70 meters tall Leshan's iconic 1200 year old giant seated Buddha (the worlds tallest) draws world wide visitors to this laid-back river town.
Overlooking the confluence of the rivers Dadu and Min whilst resting on feet with big toes each longer than 8 meters. Leshan's giant Buddha has shoulders spanning a whopping 28 meters, sitting below ears that dangle for 7 meters, this beautiful giant statue carved into a pink rock-face can bring visiting crowds to a near stand-still.
After getting up-close and personal with the Buddha's enormous stone head, and taking in the panoramic cliff views, descending a rather steep set of stairways allows visitors to linger at the Buddha's feet for a neck-craning view of this wonderfully incredible sight. Even the return climb to the cliff's top via hidden stone steps recessed into the right side of the cliff continues to inspire admiration for this magnificent man-made wonder.
By adding a quick boat trip , visitors will be afforded about 10 minutes to snap the perfect selfie, and or full length picture from the river to include the two river-side guards also carved into the cliff but not visible from land. The boat trips, costing 70CNY per person, leave at very regular intervals from Leshan dock are fun, and safe with each passenger being required to wear a life vest upon boardin
A word of caution, where possible try to avoid visiting this grand old Buddha during a Chinese national holiday, or on weekends when crowds are typically at their largest.
Open Season; April until early October
Price of admission: 90 CNY
Open / Close times: 7:30am - 6:30pm
Getting there from Chengdu: Chengdu Xiaoba Bus Station
Ticket Price: 50 CNY
Journey time: 2 Hours
Bus frequency: Between 7:30am to 4pm, every 20 minutes
Return to Chengdu: Baoguo Village BusStation
Bus frequency: Between 8am and 6pm, every 20 minutes