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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Blake Evans
Shenzhen, China31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The atmosphere is luscious. There are ancient green plants, sweet smelly flowering shrubs and three joining rivers.

My guide Fifi and I went to the nearby adjacent temple to lighten our mood. You can see the Buddha from atop the cliff. Later, we queued to climb down to the base of the giant Buddha figure. There is plenty of space at the foot of the figure. Even during the busy holiday the site was enjoyable. In the winter the weather was still bearable.

Recommendations: bring water and snacks if the queue is long. Don’t wear too many heavy clothes or bags since the steps are steep and tunnels a bit narrow. Relax a bit and free your mind on this walk.

Be mindful that this is a special spiritual location. Mind your attitude when using a camera, speaking out and moving through the crowds. Silence could do you good. 🌷🙏
Written 3 January 2024
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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 24 October 2023
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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 19 March 2023
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carolinafzs d
Rio de Janeiro, RJ450 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
The place is nice and it has lots of Buddhism value. If not your religion, and if you don’t have much time in Sichuan, this attraction is a nice to have. If I return to Chengdu, I would not visit it again, and I will advise my friend that they can skip it.
Written 7 January 2023
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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 2 September 2022
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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 11 October 2021
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Zarza's Travels
Auckland, New Zealand465 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Took a fast train from Chengdu (45 minutes) and then a taxi from the station (20 minutes) to arrive and find out the buddah was closed! Was literally 50m from it, but couldn't see it at all. Due to heavy ('heavy') rain they had closed the attraction and all the boats had stopped. Due to the position in the cliff, you can't see any of it (not even a toe!) unless you enter the ticket section and it had all been closed. A big shame! Then took 3 hours in a car to get back to Chengdu. A disappointing experience! I suggest contacting someone local to confirm whether it is open or not, I hadn't even considered it would be something they would close.
Written 15 July 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 19 April 2021
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,255 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 16 October 2020
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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 8 October 2020
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