The Leshan Giant Buddha is a Maitreya statue which is in sitting posture. The Buddha is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the confluence of three rivers which are Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. The statue makes itself the most famous attraction in that city. In December 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. It started in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty

and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. Whats more, the Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story as the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world.

It was a monk called Hai Tong who initiated the project. He concerned about the safety of the long-suffering people who have lived here around the confluence of the three rivers. Boat accidents were numerous because of the torrential water and the normal people blame the disaster for the presence of a water spirit. So Hai Tong decided to carve a statue in the mountain beside the river in order to keep the water spirit from hurting people. Besides, the stones dropped from above would reduce the water force there during the carving. After 20 years' begging alms, he finally accumulated enough money for the plan. When some corrupt local government officials wanted to seize this amount of money, Hai Tong said that they could not get the money raised for the Buddha but one of his eyeball. These officials were shocked and ran away scary after Hai Tong dug out his eyeball. Hai Tong passed away when the project was half done, and two of his disciples continued the work. After a total of 90 years' hard work, the project was finally completed.

 

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Fly to Xining after arriving in Chengdu, then take a train to Lhasa, at last flight back to Chengdu again. This circle tour shows travelers the most important scenic spots in three cities, which means travelers can experience three different charms within 10 days.

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Today may be a memorable day of your life because you will see two giant treasures of China within one day. One is Giant Panda - what else you can describe it except for lovely; another is the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest cliff-carved statue of Sakyamuni in China.

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