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After a night on some gloriously soft beds in Chengdu we commenced our 2 hr journey to leshan driven by our very own giant Buddha. Stopped on our way to purchase some sneaky Tay #ilovetay. Arrived at leshan and had some lunch #whatcuisinetoday before spending a good few hours queuing in the rain to walk down to the feet of the Buddha # …
... people and kept asking us questions ("is their hair naturally like that!?" “how old is he? Nooooo! But he looks so old!”). They really took us in. My friend Annika (white girl) even got adopted by an Asian lady! Apparently she’s a “dream daughter” or something
A lot of things happened on that 2 day tour so let me just list some of the highlights:
- We went and saw the largest Buddha in the world
- I feel asleep while sitting down in ...
... gate closure. The Buddha is carved into a rock face at the convergence of three rivers and it was built in hopes of calming the local rivers and protecting the fisherman. Construction began in the early 8th century and took about 90 years to complete. As the monk who conceived the project had wished, the rivers calmed at completion. Many attribute this though not to the gods, but to the mass amounts of rock and debris dumped into the river from the work. At ...
... showing us her wedding photograph taken in 1958 on their wedding day. Her husbands family bought the house in 1890 from a wealthy person and had lived there ever since. The government had tried to take it away from them in 1990 but they fought it. She was so interesting to listen to and was very critical of the government. She let us taste her home made chilli soy paste which was sublime and her kitchen was simple but efficient. A ...
... in identical pink raincoats from Shanghai who were delightful and then went to bed and a very quiet, undisturbed sleep.
The next day I made my way round the rest of the route, had lunch with a very persistent cat and ended up at the main temple near the bottom, (Wannian Si?) absolutely crammed with tourists and made me very happy that I hadn't elected to reach the top (which you can get to with a bus and cable car).
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