CEFLS Chendgu visits Giant Buddha in Leshan
We met the students at school this morning and boarded a bus to the city of Leshan, about a 2 hour ride south of Chengdu, to visit the largest carved Buddha in the world. Upon arriving in Leshan we all sampled some sweet bread cooked by local vendors on a barrel oven. After our morning snack we began our hike up the stairs to get to the top of the 233 foot high Buddha carved into the mountain. Along the way we saw many smaller Buddha’s carved into the mountain and stopped at a stone dragon fountain. We also stopped by a leaping tiger, made from jade, complete with a tiger cave! (note to parents… no tigers in the cave just students) Our hike brought us to the top of the giant Buddha where we took a rest and took some photos. We then began our trek to the base of the Buddha via stone steps carved into the mountain. After taking a few photos at the base we then hiked back up the other side of the Buddha to a Buddhist temple at the top of the mountain. Here were many people offering incense to the Buddha. After hiking back to the entrance to the park we took a tricycle ride back to the bus! After boarding the bus we went into Leshan and had lunch which again offered a large selection of choices and everyone found something they liked. After lunch we boarded a boat trip that took us upriver to get another view of the giant Buddha. The 1,200 year old Buddha to 90 years to carve and was created to protect the people from flooding. Following the boat ride we boarded the bus to return to school to meet the host families. The students were quite excited to go out with their hosts this weekend and I will be excited to hear what they did when we see them again on Monday.
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