Leshan is a prefecture-level city
located in the southwest part of Sichuan Province,
at the intersection of the Mingjiang River, the
Dadu River and the Qingyi River. The city covers
an area of 12,827 sq km and has a population of
3.5 million. It is on the southwestern fringe
of the Red Basin in southern Sichuan, about 120
km from Chengdu.
Leshan has a subtropical climate
with plenty of rainfall and four distinct seasons.
The average temperature is 16.5-18.0 Celsius,
while the average annual precipitation exceeds
Transportation in Leshan is very convenient and
mainly relies on highways and airlines. Expressways
and railways connect the city with Chengdu, the
capital of Sichuan Province. Leshan has no airport,
but it is 150 km from Chengdu Shuangliu International
Airport. There are many daily coach/buses to Leshan
from Chengdu. Tourists can take bus/coach at Chengdu
Beimen Bus Station, Nanmen Bus Station, Xin Nanmen
Bus Station, Ximen Bus Station, Chengdu Chadianzi
Bus Station, Shiyang Bus Staion, Chengdu Shuangliu
International Airport Bus Station.
Leshan is also famous for its dishes.Delicious
dishes include Qiaojiao Beef, which is a special
soup with spicy beef, Xiba Bean Curd, Tianpi Duck,
Leshan BBQ,and bacon dumplings.
Famous Tourist Attractions
Leshan is rich in historical and cultural relics
as well as beautiful natural scenery. Some famous
recommended tourist sites as follows:
-Mount Emei, one of four Buddhist shrines in China,
is located in Emei County, currently under administration
of Leshan. In 1996, it was declared a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO.
-Leshan Giant Buddha (Leshan
Dafo),the largest stone-carved buddha in the world,
was carved out of a cliff located at Lingyun Mountain
on the south bank of the Min River of Leshan City.
Like the Mt. Emei, it was declared a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO in 1996.