Leshan

Leshan (乐山; Lèshān) is a city near in Sichuan Province. Sitting on the confluence of the Dadu, Mín and Qingyi rivers it is most famous for its huge riverside cliff-carving of Buddha and nearby Mount Emei; which together are a World Heritage Site.

Leshan skyline from the Dadu River

Get in

Public bus

Arrivals from Chengdu, Chongqing, Emei, Jiajiang, Kangding, Ya'an, Yibin, Zigong and most other surrounding towns and cities.

Central Bus Station

(中心车站 zhōngxīn chēzhàn)

Destination Price (¥) Departures (HH:MM) Duration (HH:MM) Lunch-Stop Last Update
Chengdu 46.00 Frequent 2:30 No May 2011
Emei ? ? ? ? February 2008
Jiajiang 7.00 Frequent ? ? 26 April 2008
Kangding 116.00+ ? ? Yes February 2008
Meishan ? ? ? No February 2008
Pengshan 23.00 ?, 11:30, ? 1:00 No 12 February 2008
Shawan 8.00 ? 1.00 No 31 May 2008
Ya'an ? ? ? ? February 2008
Yibin ? ? ? ? February 2008
Zigong ? ? ? ? February 2008

Also long-distance buses to Dujiangyan, Guanghan, Jiuzhaigou, Mianyang, Nanchong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Lianyun Bus Station

(??车站 lianyun chēzhàn)

Destinantion Price (¥) Departures (HH:MM) Duration (HH:MM) Lunch-Stop Last Update
Emei 8.00 ?, 12:50, ? 1:00 No 8 January 2008
Qianwei ? ? ? No February 2008
Wutongqiao 5.50 ?, 10:10, ? 1:00 No 15 February 2008

Xiaoba Station

(肖坝站 xiàobà zhàn)

Destination Price (¥) Departures (HH:MM) Duration (HH:MM) Lunch-Stop Last update
Mount Emei (Baoguo Si) 11.00 07:30 - ? Frequent 1:00 No 4 May 2008
Chengdu (Xinnanmen) 43.00 07:30 - ? Frequent 2:00 No 5 March 2008
Emei ? ? ? No 4 May 2008

Train

The nearest train stations are in Emei and Jiajiang, both about forty minutes away by bus. These stations are on the Kunming-Xian railway line and this can be the cheapest way to reach Chengdu. :)

Ticket Offices

Understand

History

Leshan city has a history of over 3000 years.

Get around

Navigation

Maps of the city are: available for ¥4 from street kiosks, printed on every bus stop and online .

Public transport

See

Leshan Grand Buddha

If you go late in the day, you will not have to compete with many Chinese tour groups who seem to go in the morning. There are two ways to see the giant Buddha: on foot and by river ferry. To see the giant Buddha Statue by ferry you can take one of the ferries from the dock for ¥70. The ferry will cross the river and stop in front of the statue for 10 minutes for everyone to go to the top deck and take pictures and then return to the dock. Ferry fare does not include admission to the park itself Taking the ferry allows you to view the two guards carved into the cliff face which is not visible by foot. The total trip will take around 40 minutes. The view from the ferry is not much different from the view at the base of the statue, which would make it unnecessary unless you're dead set on having a photo taken of yourself with the Buddha.

An alternative is take a taxi or bus (#13 from downtown) to the statue and climb up and down on the cliff surrounding the Buddha. Costs ¥90 (¥50 with a valid student ID) to enter the park. There is a staircase next to the Buddha to take you down to its feet. In the mornings, long lines develop to walk down the cliff to the base of the Buddha and you can expect to wait for around 2 hours. It may be best to arrive very early or in the late afternoon to avoid the jostling and lines. There are several other (newer) things to see on site, so perhaps seeing them first and saving the Buddha for last is a smart strategy.

There is a third alternative in winter. When the water level of the 3 rivers is low, there appears a rubble island on which you can walk towards the buddha. The island ends maybe 200 metres in front of the statue, but it's a nice panorama from there. You can get to the island with a ferry from the south bank of the city (¥1 per passage) and walk about 2km from there. Entrance to the mountain, though not expensive to most, can be reduced in price if you pester them for Student or OAP discounts, both available, though a quick grasp of Chinese is useful.

Food in this locality is very expensive and is best avoided unless you are very hungry in which case any of the cafes nearby will do. Given that you will pay through the nose anyway, it's best to choose the one with air con if you are visiting in the summer. For more information see: UNESCO .

As of August 2011, it appears that this museum has moved to a new location on the road from Chengdu to Leshan. Admission is 70 yuan.

To get there from downtown Leshan, take bus #8 to its terminus. From there, take a pedicab to the museum for no more than five yuan. Alternatively, you could take a taxi for approximately 40 yuan.

There doesn't appear to be any related Mao memorabilia exhibition.

Wuyou Temple

Do

Eat

Leshan is well-known for its bean-curd and sweet rice cake (洒琪玛 sǎqímǎ).

You Tang ya - tasted, sweet duck

Tou Fu Nao - Beancurd

Tianpi Ya - Sweet skin duck

Drink

There are hundreds of teahouses in Leshan. The best are those outdoors; especially those along the banks of the Dadu and Min rivers and in Leshan's parks. All great places to play Majiang or Leshan's unique erqishi card game.

Sleep

Budget

Splurge

Go next

Possible destinations after Leshan include the following.

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