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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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  • SIO visit in 2 ways: by boat (70CNY) in about 45 minutes you do everything and battellosi see well iol buddha and his greatness. other way is going up the mountain and back down with a very steep staircase at the side of the buddha (90CNY input) this second way is much more long and crowded. Sometimes there are hours of tail to do. evaluated depending on the queue. go to the buddha in the early morning, before they reach the masses of Chinese organized tour
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  • The Leshan giant Buddha is 71 meters high and is the largest stone statue depicting Buddha. It was carved, but not finished, by a monk in the eighth century at the confluence of three rivers: Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi. You find yourself at the entrance to watch quietly at eight in the morning, there will still be the big crowds and still advanced in January tourists were not many. The site is open until 17.30, entrance CNY 90, cumulative with other attractions within the Park. Make sure you see it from the River, the boat ride costs other CNY 70 and lasts half an hour.
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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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  • 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.