Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Leshan
Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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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The weather was awful but that didn't detract from the magnificence of this great monument to The Buddha. A river view is a must first, then go closer for more spectacular views.
Гигантский Будда одно из тех мест которое стоит посетить если вы находитесь в Ченду. Лучше потратить целый день так как вокруг очень много интересных памятников и храмов с традиционной культурой этих ... read more »Giant Buddha is one of those places that is worth a visit if you are in Chengdu. Better to spend the whole day because around a lot of interesting monuments and temples with the traditional culture of these places.show original
We hired a car with driver for around RMB700 and start our journey around 8.00am. It took us more than 3 hours. At first, we plan to cover both, by climbing the stairs and by boat. However, it was ver... read more »
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.
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.
Marc van Dijk
Fantastic statue with great views over the river to the city
It is soo amazing I can not beleve it.
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