Leshan Travel Guide

Leshan Travel Guide

Leshan Facts

Golden Summit, Mt.Emei
Golden Summit, Mount 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'.

Population: 3,544,000
Area:  12,827 square kilometers (4,952 square miles)
Nationalities: Han
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 Mount Emei 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.

Leshan Map
Leshan Map (Click to enlarge)
Leshan Giant Buddha
Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha
Giant Buddha

Visitors coming to Leshan & Emeishan Scenic Areas will have no worries about transportation. There are  Chengdu - Leshan - Emeishan Intercity High Speed Train and Chengdu - Kunming Train 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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- Last modified on Sep. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Leshan Travel
Asked by Helen Vivian from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 13, 2019 21:45Reply
Can we take a boat from Yibin to Leshan on the 30 September? Do you have a timetable?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gerry from USA | Jul. 16, 2019 23:37

No, you can't. Nowadays people take bus or train.
Asked by Sharon Mok from CANADA | Oct. 05, 2018 19:10Reply
Closure of Leshan Buddha for restoration
Are there anything worth seeing during the closure?
Answers (1)
Answered by Care from USA | Oct. 11, 2018 01:32

Except for the Jiuqu walkways, you can see all the scenic spots, such as Leshan Buddha, Haishi Cave, Lingyun walkways...
Asked by Jacopo from ITALY | Aug. 28, 2018 13:29Reply
Is it feasible to go in the morning to the giant Buddha from Chengdu
then in the afternoon to Mt Emei and from there in the evening go back to Cheng Du?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina from FINLAND | Aug. 29, 2018 18:55

Yes, it is possible if you start off from an early time but it will be a little tired.
Asked by LOLLO1294 | Aug. 04, 2018 07:43Reply
Mt Emei and giant Buddha.
I'm planning to go on a hiking on mt Emei and I'm going to sleep one night in the monastery.On the next day I would like to visit the giant Buddha but I don't understand how much far is mt emei from the giant Buddha. Are there any train\bus to take? Is it easy to do that?
Thanks a lot.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ferry from BELGIUM | Aug. 07, 2018 01:26

It’s not so far, you can take a bus directly from Mt. Emei to Giant Buddha at 9:30 and it takes about 1 hour to get there.
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