If you’re traveling to Sichuan, China soon one travel destination you don’t want to miss is “The Giant LeShan Buddha”， The Tallest Buddha in The World. Check out the China Adventurer Leshan Travel Guide “The Giant Buddha”.
Leshan Grand Buddha (乐山大佛 lèshāndàfó) – This is the reason why you want to visit Leshan, to see the larget buddha in the world. The Grand Buddha is a whopping 71 meter (230 feet) high stone sculpture carved right into the cliffs along the river. To get to this buddha there is some great little hikes up the mountain where you will find temples and more buddhas surrounding the mountain along the Grand Buddha Cliff Road. After you you have seen the Grand Leshan Buddha I highly recommend checking out the beautiful Haoshang bridge, which if you cross you can find more shrines and even some small waterfalls.
The Leshan Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) and was carved carved right out of the cliff face that watches over the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. It was built here so that the Buddha could watch over the wild confluence and save people from its flooding that often killed people and their livestock. Surprisingly after its completion the river became calm and flooding became less which people of course thought it was because of the Buddhas good luck. However if you look at where they put all the carved rock from the cliff, its right in the river which helped the current placements, and killed off the eddies that were pulling boats down.
The construction in 713 A.D. was led by a Chinese monk named Haitong. He began this project in hopes that creating a giant Buddha in the cliff would calm the deadly waters that disrupted the area. Its not easy carving a buddha out of a mountain and funding became a big issue. It is said that Haitong gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity, and even stayed in a cave on the mountain to save costs. Unfortunately he died before the project was finished, leaving the the carving unfinished for 70 years, until a regional military governor (jiédùshǐ)) decided to sponsor the project. Soon enough the construction was eventually completed by Haitong’s disciples in 803 A.D.
CNY 90 (Excluding CNY 70 for a boat trip)
(¥50 with a valid student ID)
09:00 to 16:50
Chengdu- CNY 47, (2 Hours 30 min)
Has lived and traveled in China for the past 5 years which he has become well versed in the Chinese language, history, culture, and much more. When he isn't traveling he is living in Beijing; writing, doing kung fu, studying Chinese, playing guitar, working on his screenplays, having daily adventurers, and much more.
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