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Hewn from rock, the Giant Buddha of Leshan is something special. The world’s largest sitting Buddha statue, 71 metres tall, is so enormous that his fingernails are bigger than the height of a person. Sandwiched between 2 rock faces, he stares calmly over the water at his feet and at the sacred Mount Emei. This Buddha is an icon that will take your breath away.
The region surrounding Leshan is the birthplace of Buddhism in China. The country’s oldest temples can be found scattered around the sacred Mount Emei. Ancient bronze statues, pavilions, temple gardens and hundreds of tombs lie hidden between the trees and are often surrounded by a mysterious mist. But however mystical the sacred mountain might seem, the Giant Buddha by the river is the region’s most popular attraction. A steep set of stairs along the rock face takes you to the statue’s head, where you can pass the time staring together at the confluence of the 3 rivers at his feet.