- This historic city at the crossroads of the Silk Road is famous for its Sunday animal market.
- The Capital of Sichuan Province is home to the Panda Reserve and Grand Buddha
- Dates back to 1000BC and hosts the outstanding Terracotta Worriors.
- The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Games and much more.
- The City of the old and the new earns its title as "Paris of the East" and is the top Shopping Centre too.
- Stunning limestone formations along the banks of the wonderous Li River.
- A captivating blend of Eastern and Western cultures, the perfect add-on to any tour.
The remarkable Grand Buddha in Leshan (Le-Sharn) was built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the south of Sichuan Province. The stone sculpture faces in the direction of the holy Mount Emei (Er-May) with the rivers flowing beneath his feet.
Construction was started in 713 AD by a monk named Haitong in the hope that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters - in fact so much stone was deposited into the river that it did soothe the water. The Buddha is 71m high, his shoulders 28m wide and a person can sit on his smallest toenail.
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