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At 70m tall this is now the largest carved Buddha statue in the world. It is impressive, but is only a small part of a totally awsome preserved parklands of temples, cafes, architecture, gardens, history, river views and Chinese culture. Plan to spend at least half a day to 6 hours- and don't turn back at the Buddha, there are museums, cafes and beautiful walks and scenery over the bridge!!
2. Shopping in Leshan - Variety is the key
As a small city of just 3 million people, Leshan in western China hosts modern shopping equal to any similar sized city in the world. Roam the streets for days, discovering cafes, boutiques, ancients wall ruins, markets and shoe shines - combine walking with tri shaw bicycle rides, and all soooooo inexpensive. Restaurants abound, but Sichuan 'Hotpot' and mushroom Restaurants should not be missed. Find the bone carved comb shop, the silk shops, the tea shops, and more cheap eateries.
3. Sunshine Island-Afternoon tea in the middle of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River
Sunshine Island can be accessed by river barge leaving from the River Wall from down town Leshan. Once across and onto the island, you can relax with afternoon tea, then take a walk to the end of the low stony island and enjoy one of the best views of the Grand Buddha rock carving, 70m high-great backdrop to photos and you get to enjoy tea with the local farmers. Take the barge then right over the the far side and go for a walk amongst the farms and water buffalo, then have dinner at the farmer's house overlooking the river and magnificent Leshan lit up in the evening. Take the last barge back to Leshan in the still of the night.