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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan January 30th 2017

Arriving at Leshan train station i was finally blessed with some warm sunshine for a second i even cursed not having my sunglasses as I couldn't see a thing whilst looking for directions to the bus. Leshan is a relatively small city and seemed quiet sleepy when i arrived at my hotel many places I'm guessing are having extended New Years holidays but from my brief time here there seem to be quite a few places closed down and looking a little rough around the edges. It's a possibility that that the city focuses a lot on the Buddha scenic area which looks quite nice and not much else but that is just from the little i have seen in my 2 days here. Also considering what a huge tourist attraction the Buddha is I'm a ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan » Emeishan April 9th 2016

Geo: 29.6467, 103.278Still stunningly beautiful. Still incredibly infuriating!The overcrowded, non air-conditioned bus to Hongya seemed to take forever! Not much fun when you have 2 seats between 4, one of them being an incredibly wriggly toddler! I was not in the mood to undertake bus journey number two to Gaomiao on the same day but Bill was desperate to get home and after a tea stop in Hongya's main square and a chance to stretch Isaac's legs, we picked up the yellow bus to Gaomiao which is actually a pretty pleasant ride. Bill's Auntie and Uncle were there to meet us and we were made to sit and be polite whilst they finished a business meal in the private room of a restaurant. The last thing any of us wanted to do after 2 long, squashed ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan May 3rd 2015

Hi All, A first for me. I spent the Spring Festival with a Chinese family for the first time. I had a wonderful time in rural Sichuan. Jingyan is about 3 and a half hours south west of Chengdu near LeShan. It was so quite that at night I could hear the television from the house on the other side of the paddy fields. I was able to pick mandarins off the tree and sit around and relax. I also got to try fresh tofu which my friends parents prepared for me. The food tasted a little different from my Mum's Szechuan chicken, he he he, sorry mum.. :) . The Sichuanese also eat a wide variety of animals including dogs, rabbits, birds of every shape and size and lots of pork. I stuck to the ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan March 12th 2015

10 mars ( à Leshan ) Mon cadran sonne et résonne dans l'appartement vide où je me réveille. Je ne sais toujours pas où je suis exactement. Je sort de mes draps Hello Kitty en faisant de l'écho en marchant jusqu'au salon vert et mauve du logement inconnu du vingt-troisième étage, perdu dans Leshan. Je remplit rapidement mes sacs et quitte l'appartement en espérant n'y avoir rien oublié. Sinon tant pis. C'est que j'ai zéro moyen d'y ré-entrer. Je n'ai pas le numéro de téléphone du propriétaire, ni même l'adresse exacte où je me trouve. Bref, dès que je quitterai le building, il disparaîtra sûrement, effacé dans l'espace-temps. Traboulidon. J'y pense, je n'y ai croisé personne dans ce bloc depuis mon arrivée. J'ai de sérieux doutes qu'il soit réellement habité vous savez. Et même, je doute ... read more
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Le vieux vieux chinois dans le fond de la Chine

Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan November 19th 2014

Hello! Woke up early this morning to catch the (many) buses to Leshan (to see the Grand Buddha). We are both feeling quite ill with cold :-( but we only have one full day left in Chengdu so we have to do this trip to day if we want to see it. We set off to catch the 55 bus at the end of our road, which was 20 minutes to Xinnanmen bus station, only 22p each. There we had to walk back on ourselves a little to get to this main bus station where we bought £5 tickets to Leshan, the large minibus left very soon after we bought these tickets so there was no waiting round for us :-) Two hours later we arrived in Leshan, but to get to the Grand Buddha we ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan May 8th 2014

Geo: 29.5458, 103.774A 140km drive brought us to Leshan and its Tang Dynasty, 1,200 years old, 71m tall Buddha carved into a limestone outcrop. The largest sitting Buddha in the world and a UNESCO site. Like at the 1,000 Buddha temple in Laos, this Buddha overlooked the confluence of rivers; three in this case.Our guide, Oliver, chose well and our lunch was very good this time.Then a visit to a park and to a period shopping alley, and also to the Tibetan quarter. Surprisingly, the 55 ethnic minorities in China (who comprise 8% of the population - the rest are Han people) seem to enjoy preferential policies. For example they enjoy exemptions under the 'one child' policy and the five autonomous regions have special rights. Pretty sure that the Tibetans and Uighurs don't see it that ... read more
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Wangjiang Bamboo Park
Mahjong in the park

Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan March 11th 2014

Geo: 29.5623, 103.764There is only one thing to see in Leshan and it is the Big Buddha or Dafo. We arrived late from Emei Shan (we had a late morning) so we just walked around town. Beryl finally found the socks she has been looking for for so long. Some facts about Dafo: it was carved in the cliff in order to appease the river that flows below. It dates back from the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD) and is 233-foot tall. Its toes are bigger than a regular person…! Many temples and tombs can be found in the same area, so we spend the all day exploring the site. The giant Buddha is indeed very impressive but it is not very 'beautiful'. And really the most impressive thing is the fact that it was carved within ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan » Emeishan March 9th 2014

Geo: 29.5011, 103.391We spent 3 days lost in the holy Mountains and it was just nice. Emei Shan is the most famous of the 4 holy Buddhist mountains of China, where Yuxian arrived from India on the back of the famous elephant with 6 tusks, Puxian. The story says that, one day, an herbalist living in the mountain saw a white deer and followed him until the top of the Mountain. Once there, he saw a golden light and a temple was built in its honour… Since then, Emei Shan is a symbol of Buddhism and many temples have been build there. Sadly, like in many places in China, most of them have been damaged by either fire or war (against Japanese or Cultural Revolution). However the oldest is still over 1100years old.The hike starts at ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan September 27th 2013

Off to Leshan, a two hour drive from Chengdu, to see the Grand Buddha. On the way, Tony explains about the Grand Buddha, thought by many to be the largest in the world, but “Not so” he says. “It is third largest”. Sitting in the front seat of the van, he holds up three postcards to us. He explains there is a reclining Buddha carved into the rock on the far side of the hill from the Grand Buddha that is larger, and the largest is the shape of the hills when seen from across the rivers at Leshan. They look like a reclining Buddha. A thirteen storey pagoda sits atop one of the hills and extends above the trees, in a prominent position, at the lower end of the torso of the reclining Buddha. While ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Leshan September 1st 2013

Leshan ( 乐山 ) - Happy mountain & Big Buddha when you come to Sichan It has two famous mountain (Emei , Leshan) this clip show the Leshan and temple ... read more




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