Dwarfing the crowd at its feet, UNESCO-protected Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ranks easily as the tallest statue of the ancient world. Carved into the stone of a riverside cliff face, the reclining Buddha statue towers to a height of 71 m (233 ft). Make your way to the base and look upward to see the eighth-century statue's fingers protruding over its knees; each of the fingers exceeds a full-grown person in size. Afterwards, head up the staircase next to the statue and enjoy a more "face-to-face" perspective, including a close-up look at the Buddha's 7 m (23 ft) long ears. From the top, you'll also have a view out over the river and across the statue to the cave dwelling carved into the opposite side. Take a look at our Leshan road trip website to schedule your visit to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Took a fast train from Chengdu (45 minutes) and then a taxi from the station (20 minutes) to arrive and find out the buddah was closed! Was literally 50m from it, but couldn't see it at all. Due to... more »
Did this as a day trip from Chengdu. Drive down in the morning. Would recommend entering the site before 10am. By noon the line up to go down to the platform at the feet was already very long. This... more »
Hard not to give this anything less than a 5. Prepare yourself for the crowd of people. Recommend spending minimum 4 hours to truly enjoy and stroll around the area.
Everyone who arrives in Leshana must visit the pride of this city and the Great Buddha. I have to pay tribute to ideas, skills, and human diligence that have been looking for us for 1200 years. As the proverb says: "Mountain faith transmits," the "little" monk believed that the Great Buddha could calm the waters in the rivers.
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