The Leshan Giant Buddha Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Historical Relics, Must-sees, Sichuan, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a huge stone statue of Maitreya. Visitors can enjoy the best view of the buddha from the river beside it. The stone Maitreya is not only famous for its vividness, but also for its solemn apperance. In addition, since local climate is relatively damp and hot, tourists are suggested to […]

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a huge stone statue of Maitreya. Visitors can enjoy the best view of the buddha from the river beside it. The stone Maitreya is not only famous for its vividness, but also for its solemn apperance. In addition, since local climate is relatively damp and hot, tourists are suggested to bring some commonly used medicines and try local food so that they will feel much more comfortable during their short stay in Leshan.

Best Time to Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha

It is advisable to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha in the spring and autumn.

The Leshan Giant Buddha Best Routes

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The Leshan Giant Buddha Tickets

Ticket for the Leshan Giant Buddha: RMB 90 per person

(You can visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, the Wuyou Temple, and the Mahao Cliff- tombs with this ticket.)

Ticket for the Oriental Buddha City Gallery: RMB 70 per person

Ticket for the Buddha Paradise: RMB 8 per person

Ticket for boating on the river: RMB 50 per person

How to get to the Leshan Giant Buddha

By Plane

The Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu is only 150 kilometers away from the downtown of Leshan. You can fly to the airport, and then take a bus or a texi to your destination.

By Train

You can take a train from Chengdu to Kunming, and take off at the Mount Emei Station. The city of Leshan is 31 kilometers away from the station.

By Coach

You can take a coach at Chengdu or Mount Emei, and arrive at the Leshan quickly through highway. The distance between Leshan and Chengdu is 162 kilometers, and that between Leshan and Mount Emei is 31 kilometers.

By Ship

The Leshan Giant Buddha is situated in the Lingyun Hill where the Minjiang River and the Dadu River meet. You can take a tourist liner to visit the it from Leshan Port.

Mahao Cliff-tombs

On September 5, 2011, in More Cities, Sichuan, Tombs, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

Mahao Cliff-tombs is on the eastern shore of the floodway between Mount Lingyun and Mount Wuyou. “Mahao” is the name of that place. Cliff-tombs are a type of tomb found in the west of Xichuan province, especially in the Leshan area. The tombs are square caves dug in the sandy stratum of the side of […]

Mahao Cliff-tombs is on the eastern shore of the floodway between Mount Lingyun and Mount Wuyou. “Mahao” is the name of that place. Cliff-tombs are a type of tomb found in the west of Xichuan province, especially in the Leshan area. The tombs are square caves dug in the sandy stratum of the side of shallow hills, and the bodies were laid inside with funerary objects. Viewed from the outside, they look like caves full of mystery. Because this type of tomb had been popular about 1,800 years ago from the Eastern Han Dynasty to the Northern and southern Dynasties, they are also known as Eastern Han cliff-tombs.

Mahao Cliff-tombs are the most typical of the thousands of Leshan cliff-tombs along Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River. There are altogether 544 cliff-tombs concentrated within an area of 200 metres long and 25 metres wide. Mahao Cliff-tombs have been honored “the crown of the Nan An tombs” since the early years. Stone-paintings and delicate relics unearthed in the tombs are stored there on display, including pictures of various Han-styled constructions, painted stone coffins, costumes, carriages and animals. Apart from this, there are many works of calligraphy on historical and mythical subjects. The tomb that is currently open to tourists is a large one with three caves. On the tomb gate there are elaborate carvings of different patterns on the larmiers, eave tiles and arches.

The Leshan Giant Buddha

Lingbao Tower

Lingbao Tower was named after Mount Lingbao on whose top it stands. It was built in the Song Dynasty and was repaired several times in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The tower is a 38-metre-high square pyramidal brick structure of thirteen stories tapering from bottom to top. Inside there are in fact only five stories. […]

Lingbao Tower was named after Mount Lingbao on whose top it stands. It was built in the Song Dynasty and was repaired several times in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The tower is a 38-metre-high square pyramidal brick structure of thirteen stories tapering from bottom to top. Inside there are in fact only five stories. On each floor there are stone Buddha statues placed in shrines and windows for lighting and scenery-viewing. Legend has it that the cremains of Master Haitong, the builder of Leshan Giant Buddha, was secretly enshrined in Lingbao Tower.

Climbing up to the top of the tower, you can get an open distant view of the surroundings. In the south you can spot Scripture Tower and Dongpo Tower; in the west the shiny river rumbles with rapid flows and cloud-piercing mountains loom in the distance; in the north the city of Leshan spreads before your eyes, and rolling mountains extend in the east. The purpose of this tower, in view of the terrain, is to mark the confluence of the three rivers and remind the sailors of turbulent waters. Now, Lingbao Tower has become a landmark of the ancient city of Jiazhou.

The Leshan Giant Buddha

Oriental Buddha City Gallery

On September 5, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Parks & Gardens, Sichuan, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

Oriental Buddha City Gallery, an archaized stone Buddha statues theme park, is situated among Leshan Giant Buddha Mountains. Combining the art of religion, sculpture and gardening, Oriental Buddha City Gallery is an extension and important part of Leshan Giant Buddha scenic zone. Oriental Buddha City Gallery was open to public in 1994. It covers an […]

Oriental Buddha City Gallery, an archaized stone Buddha statues theme park, is situated among Leshan Giant Buddha Mountains. Combining the art of religion, sculpture and gardening, Oriental Buddha City Gallery is an extension and important part of Leshan Giant Buddha scenic zone.

Oriental Buddha City Gallery was open to public in 1994. It covers an area of 26.67 hectares and has an impressive collection of over 3,000 replicas of valuable Buddhist artworks both in China and abroad. Viewing these statues you will definitely be amazed by the traditional charms of Buddhism as well as the drive for artistic perfection.

Among them there are 36 replica Buddha statues displayed in the Fine Gallery. The originals are Chinese relics scattered and lost in foreign countries. The Buddha statues are made of White Jade, Bronze, coloured glaze or stone. Some are sitting while some standing; all are exquisite works of art. Positioned in parallel stone bases, these sculptures create a solemn aura. The walls of the Gallery are decorated in relief of Buddhas, Buddha’s warrior attendants, flying apsaras, flying dragons and phoenix, and dancing girls, telling Buddhist doctrines and legends.

The Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is situated in the City of Leshan in Sichuan Province. It was carved on the cliff beside the infall of the Minjiang River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River. Built in the Tang Dynasty, it is the biggest stone statue of Maitreya in the world. The height of the Leshan […]

The Leshan Giant Buddha is situated in the City of Leshan in Sichuan Province. It was carved on the cliff beside the infall of the Minjiang River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River. Built in the Tang Dynasty, it is the biggest stone statue of Maitreya in the world.

The height of the Leshan Giant Buddha is 71 meters, with his head in alignment with the summit of the hill, and his feet step on the bank beside. The stone Maitreya is very well-proportioned as a whole. He lower half of his body is 28 meter high, and his shoulder is 24 meter wide, with a 3 meter long neck on it, attaching to a 14.7 meter long, 10 meter wide head. His feet step on the bank of the river beside, and his hands, with ten 8.3 meter long fingers, are put on his knees. The giant foot of the buddha is 8.5 meters wide so that more than a hundred people can sit on them together at the same time. There are two 7 meter long ears, two 5.6 meter long eyebrows, two 3.3 meter long eyes, a 5.6 meter long nose, a 3.3 meter long mouth, and 1021 strands of curly hair on the Maitreya’s head. Sitting beside the river, he has a quite serious looking on his face. Apart from the giant buddha, there are two ten meter high stone warriors with halberds in their hands carved on the left and right side of him, and a great many little stone Buddha statues around them. Most of the statues were carved in the Tang Dynasty by Buddhist believers then.

The stone Maitreya is not a solid statue. Inside his chest, there is a secret cave for preserving buddhist scriptures. The slabstone that is used to seal up the cave is a tablet from Tianning Pavilion, a famous buddhist pavilion that used to exist above the statue. It is said that the tablet was dumped during the pavilion’s renovation in the Song Dynasty, and obviously someone brought it to the cave. Now there is no scripture inside the cave any more, you can only find some iron scraps and bricks inside.

Rumor has it that after the establishment of the Leshan Giant Buddha in the Tang Dynasty, people built several wooden roofs and base supports so that the statue would not be exposed to the sun and the rain. Later, these facilities were joined together and became Buddhist pavilions. On the thighs, the arms, the chest, and the insteps of the Buddha, you can discovery the traces of these facilities easily. In the Song Dynasty, the pavilion was renovated and enlarged. Later, it became a very famous Buddhist pavilion in Chinese history, the Tianning Pavilion. Unfortunately, the pavilion has been destroyed a long time ago.

The Leshan Giant Buddha represents the wisdom of ancient Chinese people. It is really hard to imagine how they build such a giant and vivid stone statue on the steep cliff without any modern technics.

The Leshan Giant Buddha Attractions

The Oriental Buddha City Gallery

The Lingbao Tower

The Mahao Cliff-tombs

The Leshan Giant Buddha Story

The Legend of the Leshan Giant Buddha

It is said that, at the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, there was a Lingyun Temple on the hill where the Giant Buddha is located today. The abbot of the temple then is an old monk named Haitong. Since the hill is situated beside the infall of the Mingjiang River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River, the monk could see what happened on the river everyday from inside the temple clearly. He saw that many ships were split on the underwater rocks and sank into the river. He believed that these tragedies were caused by the monsters in the river. So he decided to build a stone buddha in the hill to keep the mosters away.

The old monk asked two famous stonemasons from the nearby villages for help. One said that, he could carve thousands of stone buddhas on the cliff faced with the river. And the other replied, he wanted to build a giant buddha on the cliff so that the monsters in the river would be drive away. The old monk agreed to both of them, and the two stonemasons started their own work. It took only two years for the former one to finish carving a thousand small Buddha statues on the cliff. However, it tooks 90 years for the later stonemason to establish a giant buddha statue. Actually, he did not finished his work in his lifetime. It was his disciples who helped him finish the statue after he passed away. The mosters in the river dared not destory the ships coming and going after the giant statue was set up. And the people lived in the villages around the stone Buddha enjoyed a happy life from then on. It seems that the giant Buddha is much more useful than the smaller ones.

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