The Leshan Giant Buddha Sichuan Buddha
Remember the Big Buddha scene in Hong Kong movie Storm Riders in the 1990s? That is an actual place and it is called the Leshan Giant Buddha. We went to Leshan Giant Buddha February 2019 and part of the Six Days in Chengdu Du Jiang Yan Le Shan Emei Sichuan China media trip.
The Leshan Giant Buddha is located at the Lingyun Mountain’s Qifeng Peak. Qifeng Peak is located at the junction of the Minjiang River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River.
To visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, you need to take the local cruise which is 10 minutes away. What surprised us is this area is fully developed. There are many condominiums opposite the Leshan Giant Buddha.
When we visited Leshan Giant Buddha, there were repair works going on so it was closed. The Leshan Giant Buddha is huge from far as it is 71 metre (233 feet) tall. The stone statue was built between 713 and 803 during the Tang dynasty and it was carved our of a cliff face of Cretaceous red bed sandstones.
For your information, the Leshan Big Buddha sculpture faces Mount Emei with the rivers flowing below its feel. This is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world.
The Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 along with The Mount Emei Scenic Area.
To be honest, we would love to visit Leshan Giant Buddha again in the future. What we learn from the Six Days in Sichuan trip is there are many things to explore in this part of China. Sichuan is definitely more than pandas and we hope to visit China on the right time.
Leshan Giant Buddha
Address: 2345 Lingyun Rd, Shizhong District, Leshan, Leshan, Sichuan, China