Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Carved out of a hill, the largest Buddha in the world dates back to the 8th century.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
The Giant Buddha is worth seeing and you get pretty close and personal if you pay 80 RMB to hike up. The paths got pretty crowded towards the end of Golden Week and the steps going up and down are very narrow. We would recommend going on the river cruise here as well for 70 RMB.

To get here we took the train from Chengdu East to Leshan Station for 54 RMB one way which took an hour. It took us another half hour to get to the Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Area by by Didi. To take the boat go to the Baxiandong North area near the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area - Ticket Hall on the north side of the dock area. The south wharf closest to the Buddha is for drop off only.

Bring good shoes here and bring water for a hot day. It is a fairly easy hike made slower by the crowds. A good side attraction that we would recommend that is in the same area is the Oriental Buddha Capital. This can easily be accessed if you go up the right side of giant Buddha via the boardwalk instead of left up the narrow cliffside staircase.
Written October 16, 2020
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Jesscee
Wuxi, China119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Who wouldn’t wanna see the world biggest Buddha statue, because its located on the outskirts of chengdu , you’d have to get a train to leshan , hopefully you can get them earliest possible or go there ahead of time (a day ). Upon arrival there is a bus that takes you straight to the location, where you’d get your ticket from the booths be sure to bring your passport . From there , i would advise taking the shuttle to the entrance, because the time you’d take to walk to the entrance , you could have already been in the line . And plus you can walk on your way back to capture some of the scenic views or traditional things they have for sale .
I went during the holidays , so I wouldn’t advise on that , but if you do , it took me about 3.5 hours get to the bottom . Don’t drink lots of water as you’ll be in the line for along time and you wont want to leave your spot. But reaching the bottom is totally worth it. You get to take lots of pics and see it for what it truly is beautiful. But man, the walk back up is not for the weak at heart nor for the ones who lack going to the gym, it is a piece of work.
Written October 11, 2021
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Maxim B
Ottawa, Canada906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Did this as a day trip from Chengdu. Drive down in the morning. Would recommend entering the site before 10am. By noon the line up to go down to the platform at the feet was already very long. This was on a Saturday. Otherwise, very enjoyable site. Not counting the trip down to the feet of Buddha and up, the rest of the site can be leisurely done in a couple of hours.

Two see the entire statue from the front, the best option is to do a short boat tour and see it from the river. We didn't do that. Instead, we drove across the river to the tourist square and saw it from there. It is further and the angle is not perfect, but still sufficient to get the feel. Also saved us waiting in lines for the boat and being squeezed in the crowd on it.
Written April 19, 2021
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Youwin-Wewin
Foshan, China176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Fact is, there is only awe which I can express at the stupendous task of carving out the Huge Buddha on the rock face.

There are two distinct areas in this scenic spot, which are not actually demarcated on Google Maps. We started on the east side at the Oriental Buddha Scenic Spot entrance. This area has a large complex of caves where there are several rock face carvings and representations of Buddha and His devotees. Also there are references to the Indian roots of Buddhism. There is one area which is similar to The Elephanta Caves of Mumbai.

It is suggested that you have an English speaking interpreter as there are no English speaking guides in this area.

Having seen the Oriental Buddha area, we moved to the Giant Buddha area. We bought a river cruise to view the Buddha, and that small cruise seemed the highlight of the trip. The boat goes around the river and "pauses" besides the Buddha statue and people can photograph the "monument" and take selfies.

Once you disembark from the cruise boat, you can climb up the hill and reach the viewing platform around the Buddha statue and photograph it to your heart's content. All in all, a worthwhile experience.

Carry your passport, as the entrance to this place is free if you are over 60 years. The river cruise is payable.
Written September 2, 2022
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Salsmix
Shanghai, China184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This place can get really crowded so we would recommend to go early in the morning as there were very few people (despite Golden Week). As the road to North Gate was blocked we parked our car closeby the South Entrance. However, we ended up entering the East Gate of Oriental Buddha park which is another park. So double check the name of the park before you enter. Below is a picture of the South Entrance of the Leshan Giant Buddha park.
Written October 8, 2020
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Sara S
Glendale, CO123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were in China over the New Year and during the Corona virus scare so the crowds probably weren't as bad as normal. It did take us 30 minutes to start our decent down the 250 steps. At the beginning of the walk there was a sign that said 2.5 hrs from this point. Glad we didn't start from that point. The steps are a bit steep. Just remember what goes down must eventually go up the same way. No elevator or handicap accessible way up or down.

Beware that at the ticket office and once you enter the park you will be approached to have a tour guide. This is not needed.

Loved this site! Enjoyed the statue, the pagodas, the gardens, the temple, and the walk out the south gate.

We rented a car service to take the 5 of us the 100 miles to Leshan from Chengdu. The trains were booked. Book trains early as possible.
Written March 1, 2020
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Dan S
Portsmouth, NH92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Even on an off day during the week outside of the tourist season, it's crowded! The visit was all worth it when we finally walked down the stairs to the foot of the Buddha. It was not too crazy and there was room to breathe and relax to enjoy the beautiful sight.

It was quite amusing to see people ask the Monk for prayers and pay by WeChat!
Written January 8, 2020
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dyhx
Singapore3,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I enter from the back of the area - 东方佛都景区, which was another conservation area with more temples and Buddha statues, including 卧佛,万佛词,地宫东区,米洞中坐佛和药师佛寺. Am glad I went on the tour with a proper guide and I'm happy ours was knowledgeable, not just in the area but could also share generally about Buddhist learnings and Fengshui, citing examples of how it's omnipresent in the way of life, especially here in Leshan City and in general, China.

峨眉导游走断腿,乐山导游说破嘴. Indeed so. The guide spoke non stop for a good 2 hrs, it's amazing how much he remembers and has gone thru, to be rattling off so seemingly effortlessly. There's also no lack of tourist traps here, such as photos with the Giant Buddha head and a tea break rest stop in between. A photo with the Buddha head should be taken from the right shoulder of the Buddha because the observation deck on the left is higher where you will then be 'above and looking down at Buddha' which is disrespectful.

There are 5 poses here where touching a different part of the Buddha's head signifies a different blessing (top of the head for a good career, top of the ear for good health, bottom of the ear for longevity, nose for wealth. Then eyebrows and facing the Buddha directly which I can't remember for what purpose already haha).

A pity I didn't get to see the whole Buddha from the leg as the path going down was closed due to falling stones resulting from heavy rain in Sep. And again a pity the next time I return (if I ever do), it'll not be the same anymore as they are now constructing a glass shield covering the statue from the front, and an elevator in the middle of it (yay).
Written October 24, 2023
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited on a very overcast day. The Buddha was carved and conceived 1300 years ago. It took 90 plus years to build and is 71 meters tall. It is on the Yangtze River. It is made of sandstone. It was built by a Monk who raised all of the money. But a local greedy officer wanted all of the money. Instead of giving him the money he gave up his eyes.
Written February 25, 2020
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Kerrie
Sheffield, UK7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
One of the must see places in Chengdu. Sad that the ticket office is now miles away from the boat pier (meaning a long walk or paying and taking a shuttle bus.) Had to queue for almost 2 hours to see the feet but well worth it - not recommended for those scared of heights though - the steep narrow steps and view of the river below are very scary.
Written March 19, 2023
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