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Day 4 (24.11.2007)


In the morning I went from Chengdu to Leshan by bus. Leshan is loacted about 130 km south of Chengdu. From the bus station in Leshan I took a taxi to the Giant Buddha. The monk Haitong let build the Giant Buddha during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). It is a sitting Buddha Statue, which is hewn into the rock. The construction began in 713 and 90 years later, in 803, the Giant Buddha was completed. It is 71 m high. The Giant Buddha is located at the confluence of the three rivers Dadu, Min and Qingyi. So it is situated directly at the water and only from the river one can see it from the front. At the confluence of the three rivers there were many ship accidents and Haitong wanted to calm down the rivers through the presence of Buddha. Apparently the rocks which dropped into the river during the construction had the result that the river flows calmer and so it became safer for ships. I went up the stairs to the rock where the Giant Buddha is hewn into. On the way up one also sees Buddhist figures which had been carved into the rock. From the top one has got a fascinating view of the Giant Buddha. The Buddha is really huge and very worth seeing. I saw the Buddha from different perspectives and afterwards I visited further sights and temples which are also on this rock. The vegetation on this rock is subtropical and so I felt a little bit like being in a tropical rain forest. Afterwards I left the rock and I took part in a short boat excursion in order to the see the Giant Buddha completely, from the water. Later the ship moved away from the Giant Buddha so that the passengers could see the rocks which together look like a Buddha lying on the water. Later I went back to Chengdu.

The Giant Buddha in Leshan
The Giant Buddha in Leshan

The Giant Buddha in Leshan
The Giant Buddha in Leshan

The Giant Buddha in Leshan
The Giant Buddha in Leshan


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