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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