Originally published: 15 April 2012
If you are a traveller or a Discovery channel watcher, you probably know what the Leshan Giant Buddha (樂山大佛) is and what it looks like. We all know it’s a massive, riverside stone statue located in China (more precisely close to Leshan city in Sichuan province, which is located in Southeast China- Chendu is the capital where you can spot Pandas). Nevertheless, you can’t really imagine and comprehend just how gigantic it is unless you stand there, in front of it, with your camera :).
Even if you know the real size of it (71m tall, 28m wide with its 7m long ears) before you head to Leshan, you will be still blown away by its massiveness and greatness! So, take a train/ bus to Leshan if you are already in China or get into the plan to Sichuan province and find out yourself! It’s absolutely worth it. The thing what impresses me the most about this stunning, riverside stone statue is that it survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and….it has not been even scratched. No wonder, why it is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site :).
This world’s tallest Mount Emei Buddha sculpture draws many tourists to this scenic town. You can actually tell it by the number of, above all, Chinese travellers. This place is really busy and everyone tries to push you away to take the best snapshot. You will take the best pictures when standing right in front of it. Then you can see its fingernails bigger than the average person and its head reaching the sky. As you can see in the picture on the left (more pictures in “The Leshan Giant Buddha” gallery), it is carved out of a cliff which makes it look like a king sitting on the throne, in the heart of the mountains. That is why Leshan locals say: “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. From the Qingyi river’s side this view is amazing. The Chinese monk, named Haitong, who was the constructor of it, was a simple genius. Believing that this massive construction will calm tempestuous water from the shipping vessels going down the river, he created an extraordinary masterpiece visited by plenty of travellers from all over the world.
However, the Leshan Giant Buddha is not the only one worth seeing attraction in Sichuan. Actually, it’s much more to see, but this will be mentioned in the next blog note. Stay tured :).