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Giant Budda

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.

Giant budda again!
  We walk the river banks and come across a band of hardy locals swimming in the river.  A friendly local man stops to talk to us and practise his English and tells us that people swim here every day of the year.

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.

Bridge to Wuyou temple
  We arrive early and beat the Chinese tours groups so can take our time down the narrow stairway that flanks the budda.  After Emei both of us have aching legs that seem to protest at every step taken so we make a sorry sight hobbling down the steps at a snail's pace.  The light rain soon clears and we walk down to the tombs museum and over to the Wuyou temple where there is a hall containing 300 statues of budda in ther form of people, but every statue is unique with distinct facial features. 

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.

 

 

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Giant Budda
Giant Budda
Giant budda again!
Giant budda again!
Bridge to Wuyou temple
Bridge to Wuyou temple
Giant Budda
Giant Budda
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