Leshan Travel Guide
|Golden Summit, Mt.Emei|
Chinese Name: 乐山 (lè shān)
Location: Located on the southwestern fringe of Red Basin in Sichuan province, Leshan is nearly 120 kilometers (75 miles) away from Chengdu. As there is a large cultural heritage to be found in the city, it is referred to as the 'Scholar-bureaucrat Shire'.
Area: 12,827 square kilometers (4,952 square miles)
City Flower: Begonia
City Tree: Ficus microcarpa
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Shizhong, Wutongqiao, Shawan, Jinkouhe); 3 counties (Jiajiang, Jingyan, Jianwei, Muchuan); 2 Autonomous Counties (namely the Yi Minority Autonomous Counties of Mabian, the Yi Minority Autonomous Counties of Ebian); one county-level city (Emeishan City)
Leshan City is a renowned scenic resort as it boasts the 'No.1 Buddha under Heaven' - Leshan Giant Buddha scenic area (including the Giant Sleeping Buddha) and Mt. Emeishan scenic area which is renowned for four spectacles - Sunrise, Cloud Sea, Buddha Rays and Saint Lamps. There are many Buddhist temples in these scenic areas including Wuyou Temple, Lingyun Temple, Baoguo Temple, Hufu Temple, Wannian Temple to name but a few. Notable scenic resorts in the surrounding area are: Wutongqiao (nicknamed 'Small West Lake') which is an ancient waterside town located 24 kilometers (about 15 miles) south of the city proper; Luocheng Ancient Town which is well-known for its ship like appearance located 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) northeast of Jianwei County. Moreover, the city is the hometown of Guo Moruo (1892-1978) a famous Chinese literary figure. The Former Residence of Guo Moruo located in Shawan District is also an attractive scenic spot.
Visitors coming to Leshan & Emeishan Scenic Areas will have no worries about transportation. There is Chengdu-Kunming Railway Line running through Leshan City. The sea route Leshan-Yibing-Luzhou-Chongqing is very convenient for traveling by water. Moreover, the highway network ensures convenient ways of getting to the city and reaching each of the scenic spots within it and its environs. Whether visitors travel by road, sea or train, they will have a pleasant journey.
Because of its advantageous location in the southwest of the Sichuan Basin, Leshan weather is fairly good and the two mountains Wuyou Mountain and Lingyun Mountain around the city are luxuriantly green. As well as a mountainous area, aspects of the terrain take the form of a plain and an area of hills. The southwest mountain area of the Sichuan Basin has three dimensions to its climate featuring a mild winter and a relatively cool summer, with rain in both early spring and the fall. This means that the mountain area of the city is highly suitable for the propagation of vegetation.
History: In ancient times Leshan was known as Jiazhou and was reputed as the place 'Where there is the most beautiful landscape in all Sichuan, there is Jiazhou'. It was famous for its abundance of the Chinese flowering crab-apple and long ago was given the title of 'Haitang (crab-apple) Xiangguo (fragrant city)'. Nowadays it is particularly well known as a city of National Key Attractions due to its natural landscape and wealth of cultural relics.
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The bus from Xinnanmen is easy to catch and it will take you to Leshan Bus Station. After arrival, you can take a local car or taxi to the Giant Buddha.