Giant Buddha of Leshan- No Exaggeration
Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
132Trip End Jan 04, 2012
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For possibly the first time in China the descriptive title has rung true. Halleluija. Up to now it has been 'striding fairy in a blossom aubergine' or ' elephant trunk mountain top waterfront' to describe small groups of trees. We would call them 'the woods'. But here was a description that did exactly what it said on the tin, or the sign as the case may be.
When booking a trip to 'Giant Buddha' in Leshan you are not to be dissapointed
Getting there early the queues were not too disheartening and it took only about 30 minutes to wind our way down the cliff side "path of 9 turns" (it was steep & I have vertigo so I didnt count to check if the name was accurate.
At the base we took a look upwards to the inspiring view of the ant like people buzzing around Buddhas crown and snaking down the cliffside path. A few snaps later (Kate got picked up again by some more enthusiastic chinese wanting a photo, as did Cian) and off up the other side. We ventured over a decorative bridge to a hidden away temple on a hillside. This was via a small fishermans village that apparently served turtle as one of it's delicacies. Sadly on the way to the temple we lost Cian and Jen to the after effects of alcohol finally catching up
Back at the minivan, and all back together we headed back into Chengdu - pulling over unexpectantly for a 10 minute interlude for the driver first to ask in mandarin if we wanted to eat at a restaurant selected by himself (on commission I would guess), and then when we spoke in the negative - he decided he wanted some food and so hopped out and said he would be back shortly (once again in mandarin, so this is all conjecture somewhat). We sat in the minivan slightly bewildered while he enjoyed a quick snack.
This is China.