Travel Blogs from Leshan
A 140km drive brought us to Leshan and its Tang Dynasty, 1,200 years old, 71m tall Buddha carved into a limestone outcrop. The largest sitting Buddha in the world and a UNESCO site. Like at the 1,000 Buddha temple in Laos, this Buddha overlooked the confluence of rivers; three in this case. Our guide, Oliver, chose well and our lunch was very good this time. Then a visit to a park and to ...
That same day went to see the world's largest stone Buddha which has been carved into a mountain. Apparently they built him back in the day as an offering in order to either get more water, or because there'd been too much flooding in the area (I can't remember which but it was definitely about water!)
The less hardcore members of our tour group took a boat trip ...
... to breed naturally. So at this place there were quite a lot of baby pandas and a few people from my tour group paid £200 each to hold one for a few minutes!! That's keen.
Although I'm now slightly less disparaging about pandas than I was previously, I still prefer the little red "Chinese pandas" (which can also be found in Scotland at the highland wildlife park!)
... Well, we walked out of the hotel ready to take a long bus when here came the black van with the couple who wanted to drive us around! They were just as shocked as us to re-encounter each other. We figured it must be mate that we would meet again and decided to accept their offer to drive us to Mt. Emei, about an hour away. We piled into their large van; I held on for dear life (no seatbelts), and we were on our way. The Giant Buddha actually faces Mt. Emei, where we're going next!
... to where you can always find cheap accommodation, around a bus or train station. We found a very basic room on a street with a market and lots of excellent food stalls. The locals seemed pretty surprised to see us eating there, even more than usual. We got some excellent pork to go with our fried noodles, and the next evening got half a delicious roast duck for 20 yuans (2 euros 50).
Leshan is famous for one thing: the World’s ...
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