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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Leshan

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Dwarfing the crowd at its feet, UNESCO-protected Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ranks easily as the tallest statue of the ancient world. Carved into the stone of a riverside cliff face, the reclining Buddha statue towers to a height of 71 m (233 ft). Make your way to the base and look upward to see the eighth-century statue's fingers protruding over its knees; each of the fingers exceeds a full-grown person in size. Afterwards, head up the staircase next to the statue and enjoy a more "face-to-face" perspective, including a close-up look at the Buddha's 7 m (23 ft) long ears. From the top, you'll also have a view out over the river and across the statue to the cave dwelling carved into the opposite side. For Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) and beyond, use our Leshan holiday planner to get the most from your Leshan vacation.
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  • Deserves a lot worth visiting it, impress. You must be prepared for the queue there are many national, we luckily were in time there was not much tourism but still hope to lower as 40minutes and then the stairs, we loved it. In addition to the Buddha the enclosure has several caves that deserves to see them recommended. We were from chendu 2 hours in a combi from the bus station, it is much more comfortable since returning we did in bus and it was not very comfortable.
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  • This is quite a way away from other places of interest. We were staying at Qing Cheng Mountain and our guide told us it would be a three hour drive, we did it in two and a half hours. I would recommen...  more »
  • We hired a driver/guide to take us from Chengdu to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. About a 2 hour drive but well worth it. It us an outstanding feature. The workmanship required to sculpt it out of th...  more »
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  • An amazing must see Buddha that is carved into the mountains. Very long queue to get down the stairs to the bottom, but give it a try. A beautiful place full of history , recommend to have a guide to explain more about it.
  • If you go to Chengdu make sure you make a detour to Leshan and the Giant Buddha carved into the rock formation. You will have to take a bus or a taxi from Chengdu and it will take you about 2 hours to get there and then it is another 10 minute boat ride to the Giant Buddha. There are several temples and shrines as well as the nature to have a look at whilst walking up to the top of the rock. Make sure you don't go first thing in the morning as it is often foggy around the area. Then you are done have a look around town, it is quite rural and unspoilt by tourists.
  • Visit this place with a guide would be much more meaningful. Lots of history to be learned. Usually very crowded especially during weekend and public holidays. The queue to the foot of the giant Buddha takes 2 to 3 hours on a normal day. Taking the cruise would save time and it give you better view angles of the Buddha.
  • Truly amazing experience ! Take the boat ride and enjoy this scenic view .
  • Must see. You can dpent entire day walking around huge park

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Where to stay in Leshan

Where pilgrimage sites, UNESCO, and international tourism meet, you can be sure to find accommodations. Such is the case in Leshan. A good mix of places to stay concentrate around the convergence of the three rivers, and farther to the north. Choice ranges from budget hotels to hostels and guesthouses, as well as some more upmarket hotels. Most international visitors make a day trip to Leshan from Chengdu, less than two hours away (by car) to the north.
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