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Leshan Giant Buddha

The giant Buddha at Leshan has for decades been one of the brightest stars among Chengdu’s tourist attractions. Located about 90 minutes from Chengdu, Leshan is accessible by bus from Xin Nanmen bus station, which sells tickets to Leshan year round.

Once you arrive at the entrance of the park, you’ll pay entrance and collect a ticket before climbing steps to reach the famous Buddha. On weekends and holidays Leshan can get quite busy, so it’s recommended that you visit on a weekday if possible. In addition to the actual Buddha, there are dozens of pathways around the mountain to explore and it’s a good idea to dedicate at least a few hours to the trek. Bring your camera because many of the sights along the nearby river are quite beautiful.


Entrance to Leshan Giant Buddha costs 90 yuan but prices frequently change. Inside the park, food and drinks are available for roughly the street equivalent prices.


Address in Chinese: 乐山大佛

Hours: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm (May 1 – Sept 30), otherwise 8 am – 6 pm

Contact: Website or telephone number

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  1. Ashley May 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    How far is this from the Holiday Inn Express Gulou Chengdu? Is a taxi the best way to get there?

    • Charlie June 3, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Taxi will be expensive – the way that most people get to Leshan from Chengdu is by bus. You can get there from the Xinnanmen Bus Station which is very near the Traffic Hotel.

  2. Logan April 25, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Hi, from Xin Nanmen bus station to leshan? Where exactly they will drop? And from there how to get the boat to visit the qiant buddha.
    Please advice. Thanks

    • Charlie April 25, 2014 at 6:29 am #

      They’ll drop you off at the Buddha park in Leshan. If you ask around where you get dropped off the bus, you can find information on the boat – it’s available during the day. I’m not sure of the precise details but it shouldn’t be hard to figure out if you’re there and you speak some Chinese. Or perhaps someone else will comment here with specific information.

  3. Don G August 4, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Will someone who has problems walking long distances or an elderly person have problems walking in this area or are there electric carts or bicycles available to rent?

    • Charlie August 4, 2014 at 4:03 am #

      If you have problems walking, I think Le Shan will be difficult. I wouldn’t recommend going, there are a lot of steps.

  4. Ann at Tibet Panda Tours November 25, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    I did cruise on the river and view the giant Buddha from some distance; but what impressed me most are get so closer to it; it is so huge and beautiful! what a great art work!

    • Charlie November 25, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      The boat cruise there offers a really nice view of the Leshan Buddha. It’s too large to appreciate it fully when you’re right next to it, I find.

  5. Fiona May 31, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Hi Charlies.

    We planned to visit Leshan Giant Buddha in the afternoon, departing from Ya’an at 13.30 and arriving around 15.30. So, is it possible for us to take a boat and admire the Buddha Statute from distance at that time? And is there a bus from Leshan to Chengdu at 19:00?

    Thanks in advance,

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