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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.
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  • 很惊叹为什么有如此惊奇的景象,建议大家都可以去一看,确实挺长见识的,当然乐山还可以顺便吃好多好多的美食哦!一定要去 
  • This Sleeping Buddha statue dates back to the eighth century, is 170 meters long and is expected to be the longest in the world. You can see in its entirety, large part gets lost among the vegetation. Located inside the Eastern Buddha Park for which you have to pay a ticket of CNY 70.
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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...  more »
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  • Worthwhile a stopover if enroute to Emeishan or Emei mountain. Our group was late afternoon and no long waiting time as we took the boat to view from the river, which allows to also see the 2 guards, which you can't see if you do it by foot. It is a short trip by boat, they pass by the statue, then turn around and drift in front of the statue. If you do not fancy going to the open upper deck, make sure you sit starboard (righthand side) of the ship. M
  • Great place to stop by when you are visiting Leshan. The Buddha is quite large and is very integrated into the environment. This would be a nice stop for about 3-4 hours with beautiful views and natural setting. Gets pretty busy on the weekends or holidays. Highly recommend to check out.
  • 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.
  • Must go place. I feel so small underneath the Buddha. human masterpiece!
  • Crowded as all attractions in China, expect to queue at least for 1h 30' for descending the steps that drive to the basis of the Buddha. Nice to use the southern gate and go back to the main with the bus n.15 instead of walking the 3km inside the site.