Chengdu's New Nanmen Station operates a shuttle service to and from Leshan. The journey takes about 1 hour.
Leshan Grand Buddha located at the junction of Minjiang River and Dadu River, Leshan is also called Lingyun Buddha since it is built on Lingyun Mountain. Built over 1,200 years ago, it was initially built in the 1st year of the reign of Emperor Kaiyuan in the Tang Dynasty (713) and completed in the 19th year of the reign of Emperor Zhenyuan (803) with the duration of 90 years. It is well-proportioned and magnificent with the height of 71m, head height of 14.7m, head width of 10m, shoulder width of 8m and neck length of 6.7m. There are 1,021 chignons on the head with each one placing a large round table. The instep is 8.5m wide and can stand for over 100 persons.
Recommended Attractions: Mahao Cave Tombs, Lingyun Plank Path, Jiuqu Plank Path
Mahao Cave Tombs
Located at the east bank of spillway between Lingyun Mountain and Wuyou Mountain, Mahao Cave Tombs (namely Cave Tombs on the Mahao River) were a variety of architectures in the Han Dynasty, carriages and horses, bird, beast, insect and fish patterns, fairy tales, sarcophagus and inscrｉptions as well as the earliest stone carvings in China and even the world. Cave tomb was a kind of residence prevailing in Leshan in ancient times, which was called "Cave Tomb of the Eastern Han Dynasty" since it was prevailing from the Eastern Han Dynasty to the Northern and Southern Dynasties over 1,800 years ago. It is the perfect combination of Han culture and Indian Buddhist culture, and covers Futou Bay with the length of about 200m and the width of about 25m. 544 cave tombs are numbered and stacked tier upon tier, presenting a splendid sight. The tombs have been renamed Mahao Cave-Tomb Museum in Leshan.
Lingyun Plank Path, Jiuqu Plank Path
Built in early 1983, it is located on the steep precipices and cliffs between Qiluan Peak and Duiyue Peak on the left of Leshan Grand Buddha with overall length of about 500m, just like a rising dragon. The north end is connected with the platform at the foot of Buddha, and the south end is connected with Bijin Building, forming a tortuous tourist route with Jiuqu Plank Path on the right of Grand Buddha. There is a steep plank path on the right cliff, connecting to the foot of Grand Buddha, which is "Jiuqu Plank Path" built together with such Buddha.
The best seasons for tourism are spring and autumn.
Take a tour bus to Leshan Dafo - the Giant Buddha, which really is a sight to behold. For the best view of the Giant Buddha, which sits on the riverside, take a ride by boat and stop in front of the statue.
As for food, tofu rice pudding is a local delicacy not to be missed.
Accommodation facilities are available near the scenic zone.
Car or bus from Leshan to Mt Emei along the Chengdu-Chongqing Loop Line Expressway and the Leshan-Hanyuan Expressway.
Situated at the southwest of Sichuan Basin, 7km from southern suburbs of Emeishan, it houses Da'e Mountain (also called Mt. Emei), Er'e Mountain, San'e Mountain and Si'e Mountain, and extends in north-south direction with the length of 23km and mountain area of about 115 sq.km. The elevation of Wanfo Peak, the highest peak, is 3,099m and the elevation of plain area is only over 400m with relative height difference of over 2,600m, far surpassing Wuyue Mountain, Huangshan Mountain and other famous mountains in China.
Recommended Attractions: Luofeng Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Hongchunping
Luofeng Temple, behind Fuhu Temple, is planted with bamboo and tree all around. Jiang Chao of the Qing Dynasty completed the Mt. Emei Records (22 volumes and 120,000 words) and buried on Luofeng Peak after his death. Tourists may appreciate "Luofeng Cloud" in clear weather.
Located at the foot of Niuxin Peak with the elevation of 710m, it is one of eight temples on Mt. Emei, borders Hongchunping and Xianfeng Temple to the left and Bailong Cave and Wannian Temple to the right. As the only way to worship and go sightseeing in the past, it enjoys advantageous terrain, and is surrounded by mountains and waters with splendid scenery, representing the garden architecture of Buddhist temple in China. Due to terrain limitation, it only has a palace where three saints are consecrated, i.e. Sakyamuni Buddha (middle), Manjusri Buddisattva (left) and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (right).
Hongchunping is located at the foot of Baozhang Peak with the elevation of 1,100m, 6km from Qingyin Pavilion. It, formerly "Qianfo Temple", was initially built by Master Chushan in the 5th year of the reign of Emperor Wanli in the Ming Dynasty (1577) and the name was altered to "Hongchunping" by Master Dexin who built three ailanthus altissima outside the temple during the reign of Emperor Chongzhen of the Ming Dynasty.
The best seasons to visit Mt. Emei are spring and autumn, when the climate is mild and the scenery at its captivating best.
Mt Emei is high and precipitous, and in the interests of conserving energy, it is advisable to take a tour bus halfway up the hill before setting out on foot. Be careful - the monkeys there, whilst seemingly cute, are mischievous and entirely unafraid of people, and are very likely to try and snatch things from you, so keep a safe distance from them.
The peak of Mt Emei is at altitude 3,099m, so people intending to hike to the top need to be well-prepared for the cold conditions. In favorable weather it is possible to travel light all the way to the summit at Jinding where padded clothing is available for rent.
Take the Mt-Emei-Chengdu tour bus for the return trip to Chengdu – about three hours.