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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

No.2435 Lingyun Street, Shizhong District, Leshan 614000, China
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Ranked #1 of 48 attractions in Leshan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: Carved out of a hill, the largest Buddha in the world dates back to the 8th century.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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46 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Leshan Giant Buddha is a 2 1/2 hour drive (with very frequent and comfortable buses) from Chengdu. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most people go for the obvious star attraction - the giant Buddha, but if that is all you see there, you have just wasted your entire trip. The surrounding area has several monasteries, gardens and even... More

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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Amazing statue and beautiful monastery. We had a great morning here (adults and kids aged 19 and 10). No good I suspect if you aren't fit for the steps. Lots of guides if you want it in English (recommended) The queue to walk the steps around it was 2+ hours .... So go early or outside school holidays to avoid... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We booked a taxi for the day. Started the journey around 9 am and reached there after 21/2 hours because at some point there was some traffic jam. You should make sure you eat a heavy breakfast before going because the restaurants around there are touristy and do not look clean. They actually flag down our taxi to ask us... More

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Disneyland Paris, France
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25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This place is absolutely amazing. As in every major touristic areas in China, be prepared for the crowds. This is one of the places where I've seen the best organization for waiting lines. not much pushing/shoving/line cutting. The way down to the feet of the Buddha can be quite long with many tourists stopping for pictures, but it's really worth... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The site is fairly easy to get to from Chengdu, about a 2 - 2 1/2 hour bus ride each way. It is indeed very crowded and very touristy. Your options are either to wait for a couple of hours in line to climb down and then back up or to take a very brief boat ride. The sites around... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

First: If you are a student you can get discounted entry, so make sure you bring your student ID! Second: Prepare for a lot of walking and many stairs. Took the bus from Ya'an to Leshan, and spent the day at the Buddha park. First there is a big park full of smaller Buddhas to look at, which is also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We took a private car from Chengdu so it was a pleasant and easy trip. Definitely a worth it experience to walk the hill. Although it could be slightly congested with the narrow stairs, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk down and the eventual climb back up. Do pay attention to the carvings on the side walls on the way down.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great site - amazing to see. But do NOT go at the weekend. We got a good but polluted view from the river (it's a must to do the cruise view); but couldn't do the walk up and down because the queues would have taken 4 hours we didn't have. The pictures are a bit misleading - this is right... More

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Shenzhen, China
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106 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Plan to spend several hours wandering around this site. The carving is amazing, but can take quite a while to see if it is crowded. Beverages are available at the park, but the food offering is limited. There are stairs up and down and up again, but well worth it. Don't miss the temple complex at the top.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I went to the Grand Buddha of Leshan about 2 years ago. Came from Chengdu by bus. Bus was actually really nice. There wasn't, in my opinion, good dining options around the Buddha so I would advise eating a hearty meal before you go! There is a lot to look at. A temple at the top, and if you venture... More

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