Day 11 – Leshan Buddha and Wenshu Temple – Diary of a Vacationer



0930: In the present day we’re going to see Leshan Buddha, the biggest Buddha statue within the World. Leshan is a 2 hour drive from Chengdu, so we determined to go away early.

1100: Cease at a service station. That is the primary service station we’ve come throughout in China, in each my journeys right here. It’s very similar to a service station wherever else within the West, though they concentrate on promoting uncommon teas.

Service station
Service station

1200: We have now arrived. The Leshan Big Buddha is situated on the Lingyun Mountain’s Qifeng Peak. Qifeng Peak is situated the place the Minjiang River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River meet.

The Buddha could be seen in two methods,  you possibly can both go to the nationwide park, or take the sight seeing boat. On the nationwide park, there are a number of pathways that lets you get near the statue and absorb completely different views.

Sight seeing boat

The sightseeing boat offers you a extra panoramic view of the statue from the river. We didn’t have time to go to the park, subsequently we determined to go to the statue by boat. That is additionally probably the most comfy and quickest approach to see the statue. The park route entails a whole lot of strolling an climbing, which isn’t the best within the scorching humid local weather of Leshan.  In contrast, the boat is air conditioned and takes you proper as much as the statue.


The boat leaves each half an hour, so there may be not lengthy to attend. The boat quickly fills us and we’re on our manner.

The Leshan Buddha statue depicts seated Maitreya Buddha. It’s 71 meters tall and on the shoulders 28 metres extensive. The smallest toenail of the statue is giant sufficient for somebody to take a seat on.


The mountain vary by which the Leshan Big Buddha is situated is considered formed like a slumbering Buddha when seen from the river, with the Leshan Big Buddha as its coronary heart. This has led to the native saying: “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”.


Building of the statue was began in 713 AD, when the tough currents of the Min and Dadu rivers claimed many lives from the transport vessels that travelled down the rivers. The undertaking was led by a Chinese language monk named Hai Tong. It was hoped that the Buddha statue would calm the waters. Building was full 70 years later, after Hai Tong’s dying. The statue fell into disrepair for a while, however has since been restored.


Apparently, the development of the statue resulted in a lot stone being faraway from the cliff face and deposited into the water, that the river currents have been altered by the statue, making the water secure for passing ships.

It is usually stated {that a} advanced drainage system was included into statue when it was constructed, which incorporates drainage pipes carved into varied locations on the physique of the statue to hold away the rain water.

Tip: The Leshan Buddha statue was very spectacular, however I want we had extra time to see it and that we had seen it from the park. Subsequently my tip is to get right here early and spend the day visiting the Buddha on foot.

1330: After seeing the statue, we went to close by restaurant for lunch. Like all the opposite meals we had within the Sichuan province, the meals right here was spicy and scrumptious.

Sichuan Fish Curry


1430: After lunch, it was time to go again to Chengdu.

1630: We had arrive again in Chengdu. For the reason that climate was good, we determined to go to the close by Wenshu temple.

Wenshu Pavilion

The temple dates again to 580 AD, and among the best preserved temples in China.

Temple shrine

There are a variety of shrines, halls and a lovely backyard, full with many alternative bushes and water options.

Introduction to Buddhism at Wenshu Temple
Temple Backyard

Tomorrow if our final day of this journey. We can be visiting the Chegdu Panda Breeding and Analysis centre, earlier than catching a flight out late within the night.