Buddha in Leshan
An early start had us on the road by 7:45am. Some slept while others took in the passing scenes. A two hour drive brought us to Leshan a “small town” of three million and home to the famous Giant Buddha. We spent the day wandering, taking in all the area had to offer. We had a special treat with a college friend meeting one of our faculty guides. She took us to a famous restaurant outside of Leshan where its specialty is tofu. Back in the United States I will admit to not being a fan of tofu, but here in China, particularly in Sichuan Province where they like their food spicy, I can not get enough tofu. After lunch we visited a place I had not been to before. Behind the mountain that is home to the Giant Buddha is an other Buddha, actually there are many Buddhas. There is a sleeping Buddha and many, many other carved Buddhas all waiting to be discovered and admired.
At about 4:00pm we loaded up the bus and headed north back to Chengdu for a weekend with our host families. With the students off enjoying the company of their Host families I am not sure how to post tomorrow….humm…perhaps we will share some of the beauty and some of the differences….stay tuned.