Sunday, July 1, 2018

Chengdu: Leshan Giant Buddha (UNESCO Heritage) in Sichuan province of China


Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛 in Chinese as Lèshān Dàfó) is the tallest and largest pre-modern stone statue in the world. Leshan Giant Buddha stands at 71 meters (about 233 feet) at height and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Bodhisattva, which is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province at the junction of three rivers, namely Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River. The construction of this Leshan Giant Buddha statue was led by a Chinese monk named Hai Tong in the year 713 (during the Tang Dynasty) and was completed by Hai Tong's disciples in the year 803.  During the craving of Leshan Giant Buddha statue, a lot of stones were being removed from the cliff of the mountain and were thrown into the river. As such, the current of the strong and fierce water river has been tamed into more calm and safe for ships to pass by. 

The most amazing and uniqueness of this architecture of the Leshan Giant Buddha stone statue is the drainage system and it is still working until now. The drainage pipes and hidden gutters are built into various places on the body in order to remove the water from the rain and prevent flooding to occur.

There isn't much to do in Leshan city except visiting the most popular of Leshan Giant Buddha. Leshan Giant Buddha statue is situated near to Chengdu city thus, you can plan for a day trip by taking a high-speed train from Chengdu. The high-speed train is traveling at about 186 mph (300km/h) thus, you are able to get to Leshan Giant Buddha within an hour. The frequency of high-speed train is at every hour to and fro Chengdu to Leshan Giant Buddha between 7am to 5pm daily. You can purchase the return high-speed train ticket at Chengdu East or Chengdu South train stations a day or several days before your trip to Leshan Giant Buddha. A single journey high-speed train ticket is about CNY90  (US$14) per person (for 1st class train seat) while CNY50 (US$8) per person (for 2nd class train seat).

The high-speed train railway map between Chengdu to Leshan Giant Buddha and Emeishan (source: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/)

Leshan Giant Buddha is positioned between Min River and Dadu RIver in the southern part of Sichuan province of China
Leshan Giant Buddha is positioned between Min River and Dadu River in the southern part of Sichuan province of China

The entrance of Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
The entrance of Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China

Expecting long queue on weekends and during public holidays at Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
Expecting long queue on weekends and during public holidays at Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China

The head of Leshan Giant Buddha can be seen as you walk down the stairway in Sichuan province of China
The head of Leshan Giant Buddha can be seen as you walk down the stairway in Sichuan province of China

Walking down the stairway slowly while admiring Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
Walking down the stairway slowly while admiring Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
Standing on top of the mountain while admiring The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
Standing on top of the mountain while admiring The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China



Full shot of The Leshan Giant Buddha once getting to the ground from the stairway in Sichuan province of China
Full shot of The Leshan Giant Buddha once getting to the ground from the stairway in Sichuan province of China

Walking through the steep of stairway as we are heading to the exit of The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
Walking through the steep of stairway as we are heading to the exit of The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China

Admiring the only largest and tallest pre-modern Leshan Giant Buddhan stone statue in Sichuan province of China
Admiring the only largest and tallest pre-modern Leshan Giant Buddhan stone statue in Sichuan province of China

Trying on boat ride in order to get full photo of The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China
Trying on boat ride (which is quite pricy for 30 minutes ride) in order to get a full photo of The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province of China

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