The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya in sitting carriage. The Buddha is found to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the juncture of three waterways, in particular, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. The statue makes itself the most prestigious grand spot in that city. In December, 1996, the area of the Buddha was incorporated by UNESCO on the rundown of the World Heritage destinations. Started in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and completed in the year 803, the statue took individuals over 90 years to cut. Amid these years, a great many laborers had exhausted their endeavors and shrewdness on the task. As the greatest cut stone Buddha on the planet, the Giant Buddha is offered in verse, tune and story.
The Buddha is 71 meters high and its head itself is 14.7 meters high. Its ear is 6.2 meters in length, eye 3.3 meters wide, and shoulder 34 meters wide. Its head is secured with 1,021 chignons. Its center finger is 8.3 meters in length, and each of the feet are 11 meters in length and 8.5 meters wide, sufficiently vast to oblige more than 100 individuals sitting on it. The immense figure sits with his hands resting on his knees, his head arriving at the ridge and his feet the waterway, possessing the whole slope.
Inscribed: 1996 Criteria: C (iv) (vi); N (iv)
The first Buddhist temple in China was built here in Sichuan, Province in the 1st century A.D. in the beautiful surroundings of the summit of Mount Emei. The addition of other temples turned the site into one of Buddhism’s holiest sites. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number. The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and looking down on the confluence of three rivers. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world. Mount Emei is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to subalpine pine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1000 years old.
Get off at Emei station. This station is 10 kilometers (about six miles) away from the gate of Mt. Emei, and 31 kilometers (about 19 miles) away from Leshan City.
It is 162 kilometers (about 100 miles) from Chengdu to Leshan by the expressway. Emei City and Leshan City, with a distance of 31 kilometers (about 19 miles) are connected by a freeway, and there is a regular bus every ten minutes. There also have buses to Chongqing, Neijiang City, Zigong City, Yibin City and Ya'an City from Leshan.
There are very many ferries to the site of Giant Buddha daily. Ferries to Yibin City, Luzhou City and Chongqing City are also available at Leshan Port.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) away from Leshan City by freeway.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 90 (Excluding CNY 70 for a boat trip)|
|Opening Hours:||09:00 to 16:50|
|Recommended Time for a Visit:||One day|
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