The Leshan Buddha, located about an hour and forty minutes south of Chengdu by train, is an amazing feat of ancient architecture and manpower. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, this colossal statue at 71 meters (233 feet) tall, was originally built to appease an angry water spirit! For those traveling to Leshan to see this UNESCO Word Heritage Site, I recommend planning your visit during a weekday or a non-holiday weekend, if possible, otherwise be prepared to wait a good two to three hours to go down the Nine Plank Road!
The Leshan Buddha, fondly called, “Da Fo” or Big Buddha (大佛), is an amazing feat of ancient architecture and manpower. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, the colossal statue at 71 meters tall (233 feet) stands over 1,300 years old and is considered to be the largest stone Buddha in the world – by far the tallest pre-modern statue. This sacred, ancient wonder of the world was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and attracts millions of people every year, including Buddhist pilgrims AND ME!
Hi, I’m Steph. While working full-time as a literature and drama history teacher in China, I started this blog to share about my travel experiences and observations. Now, when I’m not spending time with my wonderful husband, I continue to write about travel, food, teaching, and identity politics. Read more
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