Mount Leshan Buddha China

The Leshan Buddha could be considered as China’s answer to Mount Rushmore. This 71 metre-tall statue, created in the Tang Dynasty during the 8th century is the tallest pre-modern statue in the world and has been a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Specifically, the statues depicts the Maitreya Buddha, according to Buddhist tradition, this is a ‘future Buddha’. Carved into a cliff-side, this towering monolith is so large that even a single toe dwarfs average-sized visitors.
The Leshan Buddah sits on the bank of the confluence of the Qingyi, Minijiang and Dadu rivers and is a very short journey from Leshan itself, making this a perfect half-day trip for those passing through or staying nearby.