The Giant Buddha in a Mountain – Chengdu’s Le Shan Grand Buddha

le shan grand buddhaAwed by the majestic view of the Grand Buddha right at the foot of the statue.

The Leshan Giant Buddha statue is located at the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area an has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Standing at 71 meters in height and shoulder width of 28 meters wide, it is the largest stone Buddha in the world as well as by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees, meaning stability. One of the local saying that “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. It oversees the the Minjian, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province, though the water looks calms on top, there are turbulence current beneath that claims many lives while people tries to swim in it.

le shan ling yun si 乐山凌云寺
le shan ling yun si 乐山凌云寺
le shan ling yun si 乐山凌云寺

le shan hai shi tong

Chengdu’s China Lane (宽窄巷子)

China Lane is a historical and cultural district of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The entire area is generally classified into three different streets that run along in east-west direction and the moss northern lane to the most southern lane are named Kuan Xiang Zi (Wide Alley), Zhai Xiang Zi (Narrow Alley) and Jing Xiang Zi (Roadway Alley) respectively. These alleys used to be the residence area for the famous Eight Banners during the Qing Dynasty. Since 2007, Chengdu has started to transform the alleys, relocating more than 900 households and over 50 courtyards. Furthermore, the government has done 30,000 square meters floor restoration and building alteration and repair and incorporating a 11,000 square meters underground parking facility. It was reopen in 14th June 2008 and consist of many cultural dining, leisure shops, etc.

While the alles has formed a cultural showcase to the ancient Chengdu tourist destination, it eventually won the “China’s creative industry projects Achievement Award in 2008 and Commercial pedestrian street with Chinese characteristics n 2009. Below are some photos of the 3 alleys which I took during my very short trip.

Jing Xiang Zi Alley (井巷子)

Zhai Xiang Zi (窄巷子)

Kuan Xiang Zi(宽巷子)