The Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha statue in the world. It lies to the east of the city of Leshan in Sichuan Province. According to records, it took 90 years to carve the huge Buddha. The huge project is said to have been the brainchild of a Chinese monk named Hai Tong, who hoped the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued passing boats. The Giant Buddha stands 70 meters tall. Even its smallest toenail can accommodate a seated person. The entire statue is made of stone, except for the ears which were crafted of wood, affixed, and then covered with clay. Another architectural wonder is the drainage system. It is a complex system made of hidden gutters and channels, which carry away rainwater and keep the inner parts dry. This complex drainage system is a major reason why the statue has survived intact so long. The best views of the Buddha is for taking a cruise on the river. Usually, half day tour will be suggested.