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Leshan, a relaxed town set at the confluence of the Dadu He and Min He rivers, is famous for the Grand Buddha, carved into a cliff overlooking the rivers. Measuring 71m high, it is by far the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. The construction, started in AD 713, lasted 90 years, and includes a water drainage system to present the scultpure from weathering. The Grand Buddha is part of a sprawling complex of temples set on two hills which are said to have the shape of a lying Buddha. The best way to visit is to combine a trip on the river, which gives an unique angle of view, with a walk along the staircase carved in the cliff which let you best appreciate the monumental scale. The Grand Buddha of Leshan is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leshan is in Sichuan, 175km south of Chengdu, and can be reached from there via a fast highway.

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Fishermen at the confluence of the Dadu He and Min He rivers at sunset. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Cliffs of Lingyun Hill and Wuyou Hill at dusk, whose shape evokes a lying buddha. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Boats along the river with cliffs in the background. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) and two guardians seen from the river. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) seen from Fuyu in Dafo Si. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) with staircase in cliffside and river in the background. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Man standing next to the toe of the Grand Buddha. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Cultures on Wuyou Hill. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Some of the 1000 individually unique Terracotta arhat monks in Luohan Hall. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Mahaoya Bowuguan, burial site from the Eastern Han dynasty AD 25-220.. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Burial site. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Daxiong temple. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Entrance walkway to the Grand Buddha complex. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Man sitting on a house boat. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Fruit vendor, night market. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) seen from the river. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) seen from the river. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Da Fo (Grand Buddha) with staircase in cliffside and river in the background. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) At the foot of the Grand Buddha. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Pictures of Chinese tourists having fun with the Grand Buddha. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Cliffside scuptures. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Incredible arrays of postures and expressions of some of the 1000 Terracotta arhat monks in Luohan Hall. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Some of the 1000 Terracotta arhat monks in Luohan Hall. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) A variety of postures and expressions of some of the 1000 Terracotta arhat monks in Luohan Hall. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Statue of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Mercy inside Luohan Hall. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Cliffs of Lingyun Hill with the city in the background. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Wuyou Si, Tang dynasty temple. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Stupa in the gardens of Wuyou Si. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Chinese inscription in stone in the gardens of Dafo Si. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Jiazhou Huayuan temple in Dafo Si. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Bijin Pavillion in the cliffs of Lingyun Hill above the confluence of Min and and Dadu Rivers. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Statue. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Fishermen at the confluence of the Dadu He and Min He rivers at sunset. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Fishermen at the confluence of the Dadu He and Min He rivers at sunset. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Boat at the confluence of the Dadu He and Min He rivers at sunset. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Boats along the river with misty cliffs in the background. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Odd sculpure of a naked woman with a crocodile. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Man in a ticket booth with a counting frame. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Craftman. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color) Flower vendor, night market. Leshan, Sichuan, China ( color)
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