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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

No.2435 Lingyun Street, Shizhong District, Leshan 614000, China
0833-2302048
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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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Nuremberg, Germany
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96 reviews 96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We arrived late 30 mins before closing and hurried to the top for the views, there was still a queue on the line for the stairs down to the feet so we waited and took some more photos. It was worth it and had the whole place for ourselves, no one on the stairs and could walk out slowly without... More

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Sacramento
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

You can get a full view by boat. Ferries leave once an hour for a round trip to the Buddha and back. It is huge. You can pay the boat for a photo with the Buddha. Be careful, they will try to sell you more pictures than you want. Pay 20 Yuan, $5.00 for one photo; it turns out with... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

in summertime it is going so croudy there so go as early as possible. the tourist buses arrive already in the morning so best would be you go there at opening time

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Personally, I would have liked to have done both ways but as I was with aged parents & relly: 82, 88 & 90, taking the boat ride was the easiest. Moreover, this way allows one gets the full view of Buddha. By Boat from Baxiandong Cruises Dock: purchase rmb75 tickets (inclusive of rmb5 for Insurance) at the jetty. Life Jackets... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
48 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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Malaysia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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36 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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