Leshan Giant Buddha

    Leshan Buddha
    The Giant Buddha in Leshan is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world. Its height is 71 metres. A monk started the enormous work in 720 AD and with delay it was completed in 803 AD. Since 1996, the Giant Buddha has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Distance from Chengdu is 130km. Nearest train station is Emei station which is about 31km from Leshan. Buses from Chengdu's Xinnanmen bus station are running to Leshan Xiaoba Bus Station. Catch from here bus No.1 to the Giant Buddha. Next to the Giant Buddha is another park with smaller Buddha's and a temple.

    Chinese tour
    In 2009, we booked from Chengdu a Chinese tour for two days to Leshan and Emeishan. Cost was about 480 Yuan including insurance (30 Yuan). Cable car (120 Yuan: 4 rides) and the park with the small buddha's (70 Yuan) was not included and we paid this separate. Our Chinese tour can be booked in many hotels and travel agencies in Chengdu, for example in the CITS office in the Traffic Hotel. Hotel was a two star accommodation. Price for such a tour is okay. Admission to enter Emeishan Mountain is 150 Yuan. The admission of the Giant Buddha is 70 Yuan. Two star hotel is about 160 Yuan per room. Two lunch, one dinner, one breakfast and all transportation was also included. People of the tour group are middleclass Chinese tourists from other provinces.

    sightseeing boat in leshan China
    To the left a part of the feet of the Giant Buddha.
    To the right a boat where tourists can make better pictures of the Buddha. Admission for the boat is 70 Yuan.

    stair along the giant buddha in Leshan
    The stair near the Giant Buddha

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