Saturday, August 01, 2015

Le Shan Giant Buddha


On my 3rd day in China, I woke up at 4 am to take a bath and prepare my luggage because we were going to check out from the hotel. I got a flight at 7:30 am to Cheng Du in the morning that time so I must be hurry.



That morning was so cold, I think the temperature was 2-4 'C in the summer... My hotel 'Intercontinental JiuZhai Valley' is like an open air hotel so the mist is everywhere and I only wear a sweat shirt, brrr!



The flight to Cheng Du take about 3 hours. When arrived in Cheng Du, I visited Jinli Old street first for some walks and try some local snacks. In Sichuan all the foods are spicy! I like! haha


My Chicken Skewer! IT'S SOO YUMMY!

Jinli Old street is one of the oldest and busiest streets in the history of Xishu. This street is a stage for life in Cheng Du and so busy everyday. You can taste the flavor of old Cheng Du by seeing the age-old street, official residences, folk residences, teahouses, inns, wine bars, stages and handiwork; you also can get a taste of authentic Cheng Du flavor by trying local snacks and specialties.




After Jinli street, the local guide brought us to see the Le Shan Giant Buddha. The Big Buddha Statue carved on the mountain, the statue that I saw in many Old chinese movies! My parent still follow old chinese tradition and they are very happy to see this Giant Buddha, lol.

The Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛) is a 71-metre (233 ft) tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face and faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. 





The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

There's a local saying: "The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain". This is partially because the mountain range in which the Leshan Giant Buddha is located is thought to be shaped like a slumbering Buddha when seen from the river, with the Leshan Giant Buddha as its heart.





Long before starting construction of the Giant Buddha in 713 AD, the area of today’s Le Shan was already known as a holy land of Chinese Buddhism.

The story has it that a Buddhist monk named Hai-Tong in an effort to “calm” these treacherous waters from the river, he decided to carve out of Mount Xiluan’s cliffs the Giant Buddha. He believed that under the watchful eyes of The Enlightened, water spirits will withdraw from the rivers.

In a way Hai-Tong was right; the Giant Buddha made an everlasting impact on this place, creating “miraculous” changes we can still observe today! The locals say, after Hai Tong built this Giant Buddha, the flood from the river was stopped and the village is protected from any treacherous water ever since..


I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY CARVED THE MOUNTAIN TO THIS? @___@

Known as Dafo, the statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees, gazing across the river with heavy-lidded eyes. Maitreya is the future Buddha, who will appear to preach the dharma when the teachings of Gautama Buddha have faded away.




I really want to take the stairs to the top but too bad my group only want to took the boat on the river to take photo and saw the scenery around. It was a bit suck but oh well, I think everyone was too tired that day because lack of sleep.



Please excuse my unglamed face posing with the Buddha, lol. 
Btw, my droopy eye make up somehow makes me look tired (?).

That day was so hot! In the morning I felt so cold because of Jiu zhai gou and in Cheng Du the sun was shining brightly, finally could feel the summer heat? Gaaah! I was sweating like crazy lol, it's good that my make up stayed so I look quite good in photo (at least). pfft!


byeee Le shan!

After visited Leshan my group back to the Hotel earlier because tomorrow we will climb Emei mountain in the morning. So we must save our energy! This trip is quite tiring actually, lol but I could see many beautiful places that has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, hehe so excited!

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