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Lingyun Giant 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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  • The most impressive throughout this site, although the others, does not disappoint the more minimum. To your feet you must get a lot of steep and narrow staircase and then go up the other side. The penalty is worth a lot. Javna itself and the area is great, will probably take all day but is a visit that you can not miss, since that is the Buddha more sculpted in stone world.
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  • I have visited this beautiful place just by the river, going up on one of the boats that take tourists to the Great Bhudda. I have not come down to take the walk at the foot of bhudda, which would take about three hours and long quieu, but we were in front for about a quarter of an hour to take several photos. I loved it, maybe from the ground would better appreciate the size but the hot weather, the duration of the walk and the large number of local tourists made us give up! I highly recommend it, the price for the ferry is 70 rmb each. from chengdu, starting in mid-morning or around lunch time, I want to 2-2.5 hours due to the heavy traffic of the city. I visited this great spot only by the River, climbing on one of the ferries that take tourists to the big Buddha. didn't come down to make the walk at the foot of the Buddha, which would take about 3 hours and long queues, but stayed in front for about a quarter of an hour to snap a few photos. Me loved it, some perhaps from Earth we would better appreciate the size but the big heat, the duration of the walk and the huge number of local tourists made us give up! highly recommend, the price for the ferry is about 70 rmb per head. from chengdu, starting at mid morning or around lunchtime, we want 2-2 .5 hours because of heavy traffic in the city. I recommend it anyway!
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  • 排了一个多小时队才像蚂蚁一样来到脚下,山是一座佛佛是一座山,近距离的才知道有多宏伟,人显得有多渺小,旁边的乌尤寺也是一个好去处。 
  • 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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