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Leshan | The Giant Buddha The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including the Leshan Giant Buddha has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. This area of natural beauty contains a high plant species diversity and a large number of endemic species. The Mount Emei (Emeishan) area is also of great spiritual and cultural importance due to its role in the introduction of Buddhism into China. The Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Areas cover an area of 15,400 hectares. The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71 metre tall stone statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face that along the Minjiang river. The stone sculpture faces Emei Mountain with the rivers flowing below his enormous toes! It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. Fun Fact: ‘Leshan’ translates to ‘Happy Mountain’! You can (as I did) take a boat trip out on the river to get a great view of the Buddha, and to wear a rather stylish life jacket… Climbing Mount Emei At the beginning of the day, our tour guide Frank let us know what are options were – we could pay £25 for buses and cable cars to reach the top, or …