When I went to Chengdu I knew there were two must dos for me. First see the pandas and Second visit Leshan and see the Giant Sitting Buddha.
To be honest, I didn’t really know much about the Buddha except it is famous & a must see sight if you find yourself in Leshan.
Personally, I thought it was majestic and beautiful and I find myself always gravitating towards places of beauty.
The hike up took a bit of time as it was crowded. Chinese New Year was a couple days away so all of the Chinese landmarks were more crowded than usual. The area did have air pollution that is expected when you visit China but this landmark did not disappoint at all. IT was very beautiful to see and I am glad I hiked to his head. (I really just wanted to take the ferry ha!) The hike took about 30 minutes and if you are fitter and if it is less crowded I am sure you can get it done in less than 20. 🙂
Fast Facts: The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-metre (233 ft) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty), depicting Maitreya. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. It is a UNESCO heritage site.
The cheapest way to get there is via bus from the train station. It is the K1 and it costs $2. It will be the last stop and it will take about 30 minutes. Taxis are cheap if you want to get there quickly but the bus wasn’t bad.
There are quite a few fly restaurants outside the complex if you want to eat after. If you prefer to eat at restaurants I recommend taking the bus back into the city.
IT will cost about 90 CNY approx $14.21 USD (which is kinda expensive by China standards but so worth it!) and if you are in Chengdu I highly recommend taking the bullet train from the east station. It takes about a hour via train.
Have you been to Leshan Giant Buddha? Did you love it as much as I did?