Located east of Mt Emei, the 71-meter tall Leshan Giant Buddha is a dignified and well-proportioned statue. In a sitting position, he overlooks the river, with his head as tall as the mountain peak and hands resting on his knees. The dimensions are impressive - 14.7 meters in height and 10 meters wide, ears each 6.7 meters from top to bottom, and feet each 8.5 meters wide - more than 100 people can fit on each of the feet. It is the world’s tallest cliff-carved Buddha statue, which has earned its renown as a mountain, Buddha being the mountain.
Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Area is about 150km away from Chengdu. Minjiang River, Qingyi River and Dadu River converge in this area. The Scenic Area is surrounded by mountains and rivers with exquisite scenery and integrated with the cultural and natural landscapes. With a planning areaof 17.88sq.km, the area has rich cultural relics, including 3 Key HistoricalSites under State Protection, 5 HistoricalSites under Province and City Protection and over 50 natural and cultural scenic spots. Mt. Emei- Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Area is listed as the World Natural and Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.
Leshan Grand Buddha
In ancient times, people worshiped Mt. Emei and Leshan Grand Buddha; the world famed Leshan Grand Buddha, a Maitreya status, is located on the palisades at the confluence of the Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River. The construction of Leshan Grand Buddha was commenced in the early years of Kaiyuan Period in the Reign of Emperor Xuanzong in the Tang Dynasty (713AD) and completed in the 19th year of Zhenyuan ofthe Reign of Emperor Dezonginthe Tang Dynasty (803AD)for 90 years; a monk named Haitong initiated and called up manpower to build the Grand Buddha for water potential reduction and universal salvation.
Grand Sleeping Buddha
"Grand Sleeping Buddha", also called "Hidden Sleeping Buddha", is located at the confluence of three rivers, namely the Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River near Leshan City; the vivid head, body and feet of Buddha are formed by Wuyou Mountain, Lingyun Mountain and Dongyan, and it lies on the bank of three rivers with head in the south and foot in the north with north-south linear distance about 1,300m. The "Head of Buddha" of "Grand Sleeping Buddha" is vivid and formed by Wuyou Mountain with Jingyun Pavilion as its "Eyelash", crowns on the peak as "Forehead, Nose, Lip and Jaw", Qiluan Peak and Jifeng Peak of Lingyun Mountain as "Chest of Buddha", Lingbao Peak as "Abdomen and Thighs", Jiuri Peak as "Shanks" and south slope of Dongyan as "Legs".
Oriental Buddha Park
Oriental Buddha Park, a large treasure of Buddhist arts was completed and opened in Leshan, China in May 1994. It is only 1km away from the world famed Leshan Grand Buddha, an extension of Buddhist culture of Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Area, and a main part of Leshan Grand Buddha Tourist Attraction; within an area of 200,000sq.m, it has over 3,000 imitative domestic and foreign Buddha statues, forming a magnificent Buddhist scroll corridor by the natural extended and sinuous mountains, and fully presenting the style of Buddhist arts in China and Southeast Asia by sculptures in round, reliefs, carvings and murals made from different materials of stone, copper, painted sculptures and black jade etc.
Lingbao Pagoda, also called Lingyun Pagoda, was named for its location behind Lingyuan Temple on the Peak of Lingbao Mountain. The Pagoda was built in the Tang Dynasty. The 38m tall subuliform pagoda is with dense eaves and 13 floors, made up of bricks and facing west. The body of Pagoda is hollow with stone steps up to the top along the axis. It has quadrilateral pyramidal roof and its structure and style are similar to that of Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi''an.
Lingyun Road, Zhongqu, Leshan
Chengdu’s New Nanmen Station operates a shuttle service to and from Leshan.