Ol' Man River
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The old man in the title is the Giant Budda that was carved into the cliff face in the 7th Century. It is considered to be one of the best sights in Sichuan and only 1 hr by bus from Emei, so it gives us the chance to have a leisurely day, walk around the temples near Baoguo and still make it to Leshan in plenty of time to find a place to stay. In the end it is all relatively easy, but we are a little fortunate as we follow the LP directions from the bus station and take a #1 bus downtown and find the Post Hotel more by luck than skill. When exploring the town later on foot we discover what we suspected, that the LP map and directions are entirely wrong, but hey that's what makes it fun! Leshan is, by Chinese standards a relaxed place with a pleasant location at the confluence of 2 large rivers.
The giant budda could, on a clear day, almost be seen from the town but you would need a strong pair of binoculars and a clear day which aren't too common, but it does means that it is a short bus ride away even allowing for the typical chaotic traffic. As usual it has a hefty entrance fee (90Y) and unwitting tourists could part with 150Y if they are convinced to see the "budda park" - we're not and stick to the basic entrance as there seems to be plenty to see around the status area itself.
Later back in town I take a local bus back out to the Xioba bus station to check that buses run from there to Ya'an - our next destination. There are only 2 a day so I buy tickets for tomorrow morning which should get us in to Ya'an by mid afternoon.