Visas and GIANT Buddhas

Leshan Travel Blog

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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), 2 Chinese policemen and a man from the PSB!

On Monday we went to Leshan, 2 hours from Chengdu, as we heard this was the best place to renew our Chinese visas, which ran out the following day. We awoke at 5.45 and just missed the 6.40am bus, meaning we needed to wait until 7.40am, for the next one. Arriving into Leshan at 9.40am, with only the Lonely Planets Map as a guide to where the Public Security Bureau office was, we set off walking the streets to find a name that was written on the Lonely Planet map.

After 30 minutes of wandering and receiving incorrect directions from passers by, we stumbled into the local police station to ask directions.

Unfortunately nobody spoke English, so instead they took us outside, put us in the back of some guys car, who drove us to a PSB office. After entering and asking a few people, it became apparent that this wasn't the right building. A uniformed officer then grabbed one of his friends, who put us in the back of a police car and drove us to the correct building! How cool was that!

We had been told that visa extensions can take up to 5 days in certain cities, with endless amounts of paperwork to fill out. Leshans PSB requested 1 form, 1 passport photo and 10 pounds. Not only was it that easy, but it would be ready at 16.00, now that’s efficiency!

Relieved and excited, we headed for Leshans main tourist attraction, the Grand Buddha. This is the Worlds tallest Buddha statue, measuring in at a towering 71 metres. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the area also contained the Worlds longest Buddha statue, a colossal 170m! The surrounding temples and gardens also made for a pleasant afternoons stroll.

Back at the PSB, the visas were ready with a 33 day extension instead of the standard 30, another bonus! Thoroughly delighted with the way that the day had turned out, we caught the bus back to Chengdu.

portia says:
More time to spend in China. Such a big country.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2006
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