Thursday, December 17, 2009

Leshan Giant Buddha, Chengdu

After visiting the Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding, we proceed to visit The Leshan Giant Buddha. It took us about 2 hours to reach our destination using the highway. Our driver parked right in front of the restaurant near to the entrance to the Giant Buddha. Seeing that the restaurant is nearby and was recommended by the driver, we took the assumption that the food must be either good or reasonably priced. We ordered something simple but famous in the area, i.e. 2 kind of tofu (bean curb) and 2 types of simple vegetables and a 1500 grammes fresh water fish, some kind of a cat-fish species cooked Chengdu style, hot and spicy.
To our surprise, the bill came to a hefty 1000yuan. We know we had been slaughter by the neck but we have no other choice except to pay for the bill. Some advice to travellers, never eat at the restaurant nearby tourist spot, unless you enquire for the price first before you order.

The entrance fee to the Leshan Giant Buddha is 90 yuan per person. I personally feel that the charges is a bit too high especially when I have to pay for 5 persons, and not forgetting the hefty lunch bill. However, after seeing the amazing size and height of the Giant Buddha, everything is forgotten.At 71 metres (233 feet) tall, the statue of the Buddha with his hands resting on his knees. It's shoulders are 28 metres and it's smallest toenail is large enough to accommodate a seated person.
The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below it's feet. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world. The Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It wasn't damaged by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

The Lingyun Temple which was at the same scenic area with the Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the late 7Th century. As an addition to the grand Giant Buddha, the temple is said to be the most magnificent building in the Southwest.
After the Leshan Giant Buddha, we left for Emei county for our overnight stay before going to Mt. Emei.


Thomas C B Chua said...

Amazing sculpture justifies by your photography. Grateful to visit your site.

Thomas C B Chua said...

I have had read about this statue and really hope to visit it one day.