Leshan Giant Buddha

 From Oct. 8 2018, the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area is partially closed for rescuing conservation. The reopening time is unknown.
Map of Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area

Map of Giant Buddha Scenic Area
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 Giant Buddha Pictures

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. The Buddha is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in that city. In December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, the Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story.

Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about 30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground.
Our Guests visit Giant Buddha, Leshan
Our Guests visit Giant Buddha
Head of Leshan Giant Buddha
Head of Leshan Giant Buddha

It was a monk called Hai Tong who initiated the project. His concern was for the safety of the long-suffering people who earned their living around the confluence of the three rivers. Tempestuous waters ensured that boat accidents were numerous and the simple people put the disaster down to the presence of a water spirit. So Hai Tong decided to carve a statue beside the river thinking that the Buddha would bring the water spirit under control. Besides, the fallen stones dropped during the carving would reduce the water force there. After 20 years' begging alms, he finally accumulated enough money for the plan. When some local government officials had designs on tempting this amount of money, Hai Tong said that they could get his eyeball but not the money raised for the Buddha. After Hai Tong dug out his eyeball, these officials ran away scared. The project was half done when Hai Tong passed away, and two of his disciples continued the work. After a total of 90 years' hard work, the project was finally completed.

The charm of the Buddha lies not only in its size but also in its architectural artistry. There are 1,021 buns in the Buddha's coiled hair. These have been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so wonderful that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole. Another architectural highlight is the drainage system. This system is made up of some hidden gutters and channels, scattered on the head and arms, behind the ears and in the clothes. This system, which helps displace rainwater and keep the inner part dry, plays an important part in the protection of the Buddha. The large pair of ears, each seven meters (about 23 feet) long, is made of wood and is decorated by mud on the surface. For craftsmen of thousands of years ago, it was not easy to fix these to the stone head.
 

Leshan Giant BuddhaHaving such a long history and such worldwide fame, the renovation of the Buddha has received extensive attention both at home and abroad. The Buddha was nearly destroyed by the erosion of wind and rain before 1963 when the Chinese government began the repairing work. At present, the maintenance work is in progress under the instruction of experts from UNESCO.
 

Transport:

Train:
One can take Chengdu-Leshan-Emeishan Intercity High-Speed Train from Chengdu to Leshan Railway Station, and then change to bus 3 to reach this site.

Bus:
It is 100 miles (about 162 kilometers) from Chengdu City to Leshan City if one travels by the expressway. Visitors can take a long-distance bus from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Leshan Xiaoba Bus station, and then change to city bus 13 to this site.

With a distance of 31kilometers (about 19 miles), the city is also connected with Emei City by a freeway, and there is a regular bus every ten minutes. Besides, there are buses to/from Chongqing, Neijiang, Zigong, Yibin and Ya'an. Buses to nearby counties are also available.

Ship:
There are very many ferries to the site of Giant Buddha every day. Ferries to Yibin, Luzhou and Chongqing are available at the port of the city.

Air:
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) is 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) away from the city by freeway. Upon arrival at the ariport, one can take a train or long-distance bus to Leshan downtown, and then change to a city bus to get here.
 

Admission Fee: CNY 80 (Excluding CNY 70 for a boat trip)
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 16:50
Recommended Time for a Visit: One day


Recommended Tours including the visit of Leshan Giant Buddha: 
5 Days Sichuan Visit: Chengdu - Wolong/Bifengxia - Leshan Buddha - Mt. Emei
Beijing-Sichuan-Yunnan Tour: 14 Days Beijing - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong - Chengdu - Leshan - Mt. Emei - Chengdu - Lijiang - Dali - Kunming

- Last modified on Apr. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Leshan Giant Buddha
Asked by Ali from USA | Apr. 11, 2019 15:36Reply
Train from Chengdu to Leshan April 21,22,23
For April 21, 22 and 23, I'm only seeing on train available each day from Chengdu South at 20:59. Is there something going on with high speed trains on those days? Will I have to take a bus instead?
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Answered by Emily from DENMARK | Apr. 15, 2019 18:57
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No, you don't need to take a bus. You can search the train numbered by C. It is also a type of high speed train. Then you will find that the train schedules from South Railway Station are 09:05, 10:07, 13:33, 14:54 and 20:59 in those days.
Asked by EK from THAILAND | Mar. 24, 2019 03:05Reply
How to get to Leshan Tourist Cruise Terminal to buy boat ticket from Xiaoba Bus Station?
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Answered by Camilla from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 28, 2019 00:40
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You can take bus no.8 from Xiaoba Coach Station to Leshan Port Bus Stop. After arriving, walk east along East Street around 350 meters to arrive at the destination.
Asked by udane from SPAIN | Mar. 06, 2019 01:27Reply
Is Leshan Big Buddha open for 18th of April?
Hello,
We are going to there the 18th of April. But if it is under working, we will cancel the trip. Does any body know if it is open? Where can I see official news?
Thanks.
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Answered by Sidney from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 07, 2019 21:44
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Well, I am not sure. There is no latest news. I am afraid that you can still see the partially of the Giant Buddha. You are suggested to keep closed to the news before going there.
Answered by Kay from PORTUGAL | Mar. 15, 2019 07:07
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I was there 4 days ago and I can confirm that is still under construction. Head is finished with repairs but all body is covered. And You can't go downstairs to Buddha's feet. Even from the river you can't get a better view since body is fully covered. It's there written that construction will be there until end of March.
Answered by Mikhail from RUSSIA | Apr. 04, 2019 08:24
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Latest news say it will be open for the public mid or latest April. I’ve been there many times, all area of the park is amazing, so you don’t have to cancel your trip, anyway you can see the Buddhas head)))
Answered by Stefania from ITALY | Apr. 05, 2019 02:58
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Today it is open, my son is visiting and has sent me photos and videos from there.
Stefania
Answered by S Kara from THAILAND | Apr. 13, 2019 07:54
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Hi

So it is open as no plastic sheet covering up (completely done) or still under semi-maintenance with partial plastic sheet covering up some part, please?

Warm Rdgs
Suparade
Answered by Nolan from DENMARK | Apr. 14, 2019 20:28
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As I know, you can see most part. But as I know, there are still some part are under semi-maintenance with partial plastic sheet covering up.
Answered by Rob from NL | Apr. 16, 2019 03:49
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I was there today, the Buddha is fully visible and not covered nu anything.
Good luck
Answered by S Kara from THAILAND | Apr. 17, 2019 02:05
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Thanks Rob. What a great news! Cheers.

Sk
Asked by Lee from MALAYSIA | Feb. 27, 2019 12:10Reply
Where do I get tickets for the boat ride to see the Leshan Budha?
Will the queue be very long?
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Answered by Chloe from DENMARK | Feb. 27, 2019 19:58
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You can take the boat from LS Tourist Cruise Terminal. Generally speaking, you won't wait for a long time in work days.
Asked by Khaw Kim Huat from MALAYSIA | Feb. 21, 2019 18:44Reply
Leshan can it be visited in early Mar 2019
I am traveling to visit Da Fo. I am expected to be there on Mar 12, 2019. Are the renovation expected to be completed then?
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Answered by Hannah from CANADA | Feb. 27, 2019 19:43
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Well, it is hard to say. You should pay attention to the latest news.
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