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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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  • Amazing feature, so big! The Oriental Buddha Park next to it is definitely worth a look too, huge caves full of impressive statues and carvings. But disappointed that you have to pay extra to go into ...  more »
  • I had one day off in Chengdu and went to visit the Giant Buddha in Leshan - the weather decided to cooperate and we actually saw the sun for the first time this week. The two hour car ride was unevent...  more »
  • It is about 2 hour by road from Chengdu city. Your best bet is to take a guided tour from tour operators in Chengdu. If not, you can get a private taxi for the day. Enter from north gate. Walk thru th...  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.