Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.
Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China’s enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and of course the unforgettable Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
From international Shanghai and the pandas of Chengdu to the imperial highlights of Beijing and all the dramatic landscapes in between, relish the historical, cultural and natural delights of China on this comprehensive trip.
When the Buddha was first constructed, a 13 storey wooden shelter was also built, to protect him from the elements.
The statue is of a seated Maitreya Buddha (a future Buddha).
The Buddha’s shoulders are 28 metres wide and his eyebrows are five and a half metres.
‘The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain’ is a local proverb from the Leshan area.
On the terrace close to Buddha’s ear is a modern-made statue of the Haitong, the monk who commissioned him.
The whole Buddha is carved from stone, apart from his ears which were made of wood, fixed to the statue and covered in clay.
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