Famous Landmarks in Leshan
are name cards of the City such as Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. The two are also must-see top attractions in Leshan, which you should never miss. Now, come with TopChinaTravel to explore this amazing city through Leshan’s famous landmarks.
Leshan Giant Budda
Leshan Giant Buddha,
carved out of a cliff, is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world. It was listed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1996. The giant Buddha is located at the junction of Qingyi, Mingjiang River and Dau River. It is in a sitting gesture and facing the Mount Emei. Water in the rivers is flowing below the feet of the statue.
The idea of constructing the giant Buddha was from a monk named Haitong. As the water in the rivers was turbulent making the ships only can travel down the river, Haitong suggested to construct a Buddha to calm down the wild river. For construction, the rock and mud on the mountain was excavated and poured in the river, which filled up the river bed, and the river really became calmer.
There are several drainage passages hidden in the hair, the collar, chest in the Buddha statue, and holes in the back of his chest and ears which could prevent the statue from weathering and erosion.
Mount Emei is located 7km southwest of Emeishan City. It is one of the four mountain ranges in China. Looking from distance, the range of Emei is just like the eyebrows of girl, hence the name. The highest peak of Mount Emei is Golden Summit with a altitude of 3099 m.
There are many scenic spots on the mountain such as Gaoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Fohu Temple and so on. On the mountain, the temperature is different at different altitude. On the top of Mount Emei, the temperature usually 15℃ lower then at the foot.
On the mountain, some temples were built during the Eastern Han Dynasty. Buddhism was introduced here in Jin Dynasty. In Ming and Qing Dynasty, there were over 150 temples.