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Finding information on how to get to the Leshan Buddha on your own without a tour was very challenging, so I've decided to write about my experience in hopes that other travellers realize that it's a rather easy thing to do. (Since any time you talk about doing things on your own, without a tour, hostel owners try to talk you out of it like you're crazy.) To illustrate, a tour costs at least Y200 (not including entrance fees), whereas the bus is Y50 each way. You do get other things in ...
... 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 ...
... Good thing I love spicy food!
Then it was off for a walk to the main square to observe some Chinese Zumba and other activities. This seems is the place to see and be seen. As we approached the main statue we discovered a few locals partaking in a rather strange activity that my host explained was a form of exercise. It basically involves something that looks like an oversized top and a stick with a mini whip on the end. You strike the top to make ...
... 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).
... we went to the other side of town to snack on tangyuan, balls of glutinous rice flower filled with either sesame or meat.
To paraphrase Sublime, we ate two meals before we ate two meals, and then we ate two more.
As we walked through security at the Chengdu Airport yesterday, I felt extremely grateful to Huang Qian's family. I'm grateful to her mom for taking me in, ...