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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, Cultural
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Owner description: Carved out of a hill, the largest Buddha in the world dates back to the 8th century.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This was a disappointment. It's a 2 hour drive from the Chengdu airport. On arrival in Leshan, you board an old, run-down boat, don a stinky life vest and travel about 10 minutes (standing-no seats) out onto the polluted river to see the Giant Buddha. There were at least a half a dozen other boats just waiting in front of... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We went to see the Buddha as part of a tour of China. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to us so the photos we took are pretty hazy. We went on the boat trip, which was OK, but the boat did not stop for long in front of the Buddha. The front part of the boat was roped off and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We've visited this place on a rainy day that was also very crowded with a lot of chinese rude groups. The giant budhaa was nice but not a must. It was very impressive but not worth wasting half a day on it. Visit there only if you're around and if it's not crowded.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

As a part of a tour we took a boat( they leave every few minutes) along the river to see the giant Buddha. It was a rainy, misty day as many days are in this region. The views were beautiful through the mist. The boat stops in front of the Buddha for picture taking. If you have the opportunity take... More

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Livorno, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Da Fo is a giant statue of a sitting Buddha (71 meters) carved along the river. There are two ways to visit it: on foot from the mountain and by boat. Our guide suggested us to take the boat, because you have a better view from it, and so we did. The size and beauty of the statue left us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It was rumoured that the Great Buddha of Leshan was buildt to prevent floodings caused by the three rivers, Min, Dadu and Qinyi. Dafo, the Great Buddha stands at 71m high is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill. Dafo can be viewed by going down the narrow 9 turns staircase, Eventually you will reach the giant toes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

After 2 hours of driving from Chengdu we finally arrive at Leshan. We were lucky because there were not so many tourists as usual (we read from reviews that are many tourists there and it's crowdy). The air was very humid but that doesn't bothered us so much because the view of Giant Buddha was absolutely amazing.

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Oradea, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

After the 2 hour drive from Chengdu we arrived at Buddha. We made the walking tour, it was great, we manage to see everything. We drove to the top of the mountain to climb down to see the Buddha up close. You can also see the Buddha form the river from a boat. The line for going down was very... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Leshan Giant Buddha is huge! The size of the Da Fo is really unbelievably grand. The view from the boat is great and hiking from the top of the mountain down to the see the Da Fo up close is fun. Just try to avoid any public holiday or peak season, you will find yourself enjoy the great place more.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We drove two hours to get to Leshan from Chengdu, but were disappointed with the Giant Buddha - or at least how we saw it. It is certainly very large and impressive, but we viewed it from a river boat, and spent all of 10 minutes in front of the Buddha. There was a lot of haze, not helped by... More

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