Giant Sleeping Buddha, Leshan
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The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71m tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.HistoryConstruction was started in 713, led by a Chinese monk named Haitong. He hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels traveling down the river. When funding for the project was threatened, he is said to have gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity. After his death, however, the construction was stuck due to insufficient funding. About 70 years later, a jiedushi decided to sponsor the project and the construction was completed by Haitong's disciples in 803.Apparently the massive construction resulted in so much stone being removed from the cliff face and deposited into the river below that the currents were indeed altered by the statue, making the water safe for passing ships.Plan to visit Giant Sleeping Buddha and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Leshan attractions using our Leshan itinerary builder.
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When you visit the sandstone statue of the largest Buddha in the world the guides will tell you that the island on which Buddha is carved looks like a Buddha sleeping on his back. I will leave that bi... read more »
No me impresiono nada,pues no tiene nada que ver con el Buda de Leshan,mas bien diria tienes un poco que usar la imaginacion,y aparte de todo lo cubre un poco la misma naturaleza,al menos visto desde ... read more »Not impressed me, because it has nothing to do with the Buda of Leshan, more I would say have a little to use imagination, and besides all nature itself, covered a little at least seen from below nose from other places. Everything I saw, it was the only thing I love a little bit because maybe expecting much moreshow original
The giant sleeping Buddha is best viewed from the oriental Buddha capital. I couldn't see it from the boat and I cannot imagine being able to see it from any other place. The Buddha is lying on his si... read more »
An amazing construction that took some 90 years to build way back in the Tang Dynasty. Definitely worth a visit but save your cash on any so-called tour guide who impart very little information, indeed nothing you can't read up about ahead of time. Parking nearby can be a nightmare and many locals offer up their services to park at their properties. Be prepared for very long queues to descend the cliff side stairs. And you will need to put aside several hours if you want to check out the cave that the monk Haitong, who proposed its building once lived in, and other attractions.
The Leshan Giant Buddah is pretty amazing to see in real life and is worth a trip out to Leshan if you're already heading towards Emeishan. Once at Leshan, getting tickets, boarding the boat, snapping photographs, and returning took about 2.5 hours from start to finish. My friends and I visited in January 2016 and we stopped in Leshan at around 9:30am and found the boat situation to be a little shady. After purchasing tickets (~$10 USD), we were told that the ferry wouldn't leave until either the boat was full (35 person capacity or 45 minutes had passed). We ended up getting on the boat with our fingers crossed (we were the first ones there) and eventually a tour bus came and filled it with passengers.
It is soo amazing I can not beleve it.
The Buddha itself is quite magnificent but the park that circles it is beautiful as well. Some parts of it are almost "Avatar" like. Highly recommended
Very nice scennary
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