The first Buddhist temple in China was built here in Sichuan Province in the 1st century A.D. in the beautiful surroundings of the summit Mount Emei. The addition of other temples turned the site into one of Buddhism's holiest sites. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number. The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and looking down on the confluence of three rivers. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world. Mount Emei is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to subalpine pine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1,000 years old.
Leshan is located in easy access from Chengdu by high speed train. You can climb narrow, steep stairs on either side to get a close up view - not one for the physically impaired - but it's crowded and very slow going. You can also take a short boat trip (10-15 minutes) to see him from the water which is probably the best view as you get far enough back to appreciate his full size.
After arriving you can find special buses which will bring you to park entrance for small money.
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