ChinaSnap! Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan

by Courtney Gould Miller
February 10, 2012

When I’m not in the PRC, I surround myself with snapshots of travels there. Photos remind me of the adventures I’ve had, the people that touched my life, and the things I’ve learned along the way. To that end, Chinaful presents ChinaSnap! where we’ll share pictures representing every aspect of China (everything from the Great Wall to a mahjong tile).  I’m starting off the first ChinaSnap! with my photo of the Leshan Giant Buddha from my trip to Chengdu.

This is… The Leshan Giant Buddha (or Le Shan, 乐山).  The Mandarin translates as “Happy Mountain.”

At the time I took this ChinaSnap! I was… about 1 1/2 hours outside Chengdu city in Sichuan Province, on vacation from working as a researcher in Guangxi Province.

I remember… hiking Leshan mountain and then walking hundreds of stairs down the other side just to get this picture of the buddha. Smushed against other Mainland tourists in the stairwell, the lack of need for personal space in Chinese culture was more than impressed upon me. (I also remember a lovely Koi pond where many tourists tried to catch the huge Koi fish with their bare hands!)

This qualifies as a ChinaSnap! because… It’s the world’s largest stone-carved buddha and a UNESCO Wold Heritage site. Of course it’s a ChinaSnap!  

Submit a ChinaSnap! of your own by emailing [email protected] and we’ll post it with your answers to the bolded sentence-starters.  (You know you want to, it’s like a game of mad-libs!)  

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