Chengdu was one of my favourite stops, not because of the pandas (yeah, we’ll get to them too, in due time), but because I went on a day-trip to see the Buddha of Leshan.
This enormous statue was carved out of the cliff overlooking a river during the Tang Dynasty (started in 713, finished in 803 – the sculpture, not the dynasty, I mean). Measuring 71 meters, it is the greatest statue of Buddha in the world, and frankly – it’s awesome.
that leads down to there…
Of course when I showed up it was full of people (although admittedly it wasn’t even remotely as crowded as some of the more major attractions in China, which was cool), but the good thing is, it’s a whole mountain of gardens and relics and buildings, so if you find yourself a bit oversurrounded, you can sneak away and come back later after going for a walk here: