Leshan and Emei

South of Chengdu, Leshan City is notable for the world-famous giant Buddha. The Leshan Giant Buddha is a sitting statue of Maitreya Buddha with a height of 71 meters, and it is the largest carved stone statue of a cliff in China. Under the efforts of three generations of craftsmen, the Leshan Giant Buddha was excavated in 713 of the Tang Dynasty and completed in 803, which lasted about ninety years. In December 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites.

Mount Emei, located in Leshan City, got the name for mountain shaped like an eyebrow of a girl. It is one of China’s “Four Great Buddhist Mountains” and is known for enshrining bodhisattva. Numerous temples and Buddhist constructions were built in different eras make Mount Emei full of mystery. Its main peak, the Golden Summit, is 3079.3 m above sea level and there are four wonders: clouds sea, sunrise, Buddha rays, and saint lamps.

It takes about 72 hours for the whole mountaineering, you can partly take the cable car to complete the journey.

Other Sichuan’s Attractions

Trips and Tour Ideas in Sichuan


Yunnan and Sichuan: Pandas and Mountains

16 days | Yuanyang, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Chengdu, Leshan, and Emeishan
A stay on horseback between Yunnan and Sichuan along the Himalayan chain to discover the land of pandas, pepper and the big Buddha.


On the borders of Yunnan and Sichuan

17 days | Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Ganzi, and Chengdu
Travel overland from Yunnan to Sichuan, crossing North Yunnan and West Sichuan, on the Tibetan plateau between Shangri-La and Tagong, crossing through the Yading reserve and the Tibetan areas of Litang or Danba.