Top Attractions in Leshan, Sichuan

Top Attractions in Leshan
The famous Leshan Giant Buddha, also a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Leshan (乐山 or Happy Mountain) is located 120 kilometers away from Chengdu, in the Chinese Sichuan Province. It sits on the confluence of the Qingyi, Dadu and Minjiang rivers, and is usually a stopover for those en route to or from Emeishan (Mount Emei).

Getting to Leshan

High-Speed Train
To/From Chengdu East Railway Station (成都东站/Chéngdū-dōng Zhàn) - 45 minutes, ¥54
To/From Emeishan (峨嵋山/ Éméi shān) - 15 minutes, ¥11

Bus
Accessible from Chengdu (2 hours), Emeishan (20 minutes), Jiajiang, Kangding, Meishan, Pengshan, Shawan, Ya'an, Yibin. Zigong, and other surrounding cities

Plane
The nearest airport is the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (150km away)

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Entrance to the Leshan Giant Buddha site

 

Top Attractions in Leshan, Sichuan

The only reason majority of the tourists travel to Leshan is to witness the grandeur of the Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛/lèshāndàfó). The stone statue is 71-metre in height and was built during the Tang Dynasty in year 713. It is carved out of a cliff, facing the junction of the Qingyi, Dadu and Minjiang rivers in the Southern Sichuan basin. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world and is also claimed to be the tallest pre-modern statue ever built. It was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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Visitors have to climb a few flight of stairs before getting to the Buddha

Tips to Visiting Leshan Giant Buddha

  • It's best to visit late in the afternoon or early evening to avoid having to compete and wait in the line among dozens of Chinese tour groups (expect to wait up to 1.5 hours)
  • There are two ways of getting to the Buddha: By foot (climb the stairs, wait in the line) or by a ferry which stops right in front of the statue (¥70)
  • Pack along water and food. You may find tea-houses here but food are either scarce or expensive. It is also good to have something to nibble while waiting in line
  • Bring along a sweater. It gets very breezy once you are near the rivers
  • Keep an eye out for the beautiful and unique carvings of various Buddhas while you climb down the stairs leading to the Giant Buddha
  • Nine Turns Staircase are stairs leading down to the Giant Buddha. It is very steep so the elderly might need more time and effort to make it down. Be patient and understanding!

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You were warned

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Stairs are steep and winding

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Be fascinated by how much the Chinese enjoy poking the holes in the walls

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Clear view of the Buddha's head from the top

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Beautiful Buddha carvings on the cliff walls

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Comparison of the size of Buddha's foot and everything else
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Have your time, effort and patience rewarded with a majestic sight all the way down

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Nine Turns Staircase. Beautiful smiles on the faces of those who have made it to the feet

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Leshan Giant Buddha overlooking the three rivers, giving protection to those traveling through them


Other Top Attractions in Leshan

Monk Haitong Cave

A Chinese monk named Haitong started the construction in hopes that the Giant Buddha would be able to calm the turbulent waters, allowing shipping vessels to pass the water safely. The project was completed 90 years after Haitong's death. Monk Haitong was said to be living in this 10-meter deep cave when the Grand Buddha was being carved.

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Monk Haitong Cave


Dafo Lake

A lake with serene ambiance located behind the Grand Buddha, among the temples.

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Dafo Lake, Leshan


Confucian Temple

Read poetry and scholastic scriptures carved on wooden walls in this quiet and uncrowded temple.

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Stair leading to the temple

 

 

People-watching

People watching is a joy here. Chinese from different provinces in China generally behave uniquely and if you are as big of a fan of China as I am, you'd enjoy guessing who is from where based on their appearances, outfits, and accents.

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A monk with a selfie stick. And a cell phone. #mindblown


Temple-hopping

There are a few temples surrounding the Giant Buddha and but one of them requires an entrance fee (I would never pay to visit a temple - monetizing religion is a sin)

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Restoration work in progress. Efforts put into producing those intricate details are amazing.

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An old man taking a rest in front of a temple
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A pagoda near the exit - for those who still have the strength to walk

Additional Info

  • Entrance fee to the Leshan Giant Buddha is ¥90
  • Opening hours: 7:30am to 7:30pm (summer); 8:00am to 6:00pm (winter)
  • Touring the entire Leshan Giant Buddha site might take up to 6 hours, depending on the crowd and how much you can walk

Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan, Sichuan, China
+86 833 230 2296

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Lancelot Tea Guild, Bandar Sunway

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Lancelot Tea Guild, Bandar Sunway

Lancelot Tea Guild is the latest place for tea in the Klang Valley. Tucked away in Bandar Sunway, Lancelot has a story to tell, a goal to achieve, and many pots of freshly brewed goodness to share with everyone.

Ambitious with a humble approach

Lancelot is established with a mission in mind: To allow everyone to luxuriate in fine dining and high quality tea without having to break the bank. It is located in Bandar Sunway, an area which many would consider a prime location, securely housed on the ground floor of a brand new building, unscathed and immune to wear and tear.

Tasteful and refreshing interior

Lancelot offers aesthetic pleasures to each of its patrons. From delicate textures on the wall to elegantly tufted couches, every single detail of the shop has been given undivided attention. This does not come as a surprise as the owners are experienced interior designers in Malaysia.

Affordable prices, reliable quality

Indulge in the finest tea collection from Whittard of Chelsea from as low as RM12.90, while you take pleasure in the wide selection of heartily prepared main courses - from Braised Lamb Shank to Salmon Papillote - all at a bargain.


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Lancelot Tea Guild, Bandar Sunway
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Revolutionary Brewing Technique

If you want your tea served in the form of a pot, a teabag and hot water, you are better off making it yourself at home. At Lancelot, each serving of tea is prudently brewed using Steampunk - a siphon brewing machine which won the 2012 SCAA Best New Product of the coffee and tea category. Its brew variables include time, volume, temperature, grind, agitation and extraction pressure - all which are carefully calibrated by the tea sommelier to produce the perfect pot of tea.


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Working the Steampunk tea brewing machine

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Tippy Assam (RM14.90) and cold brew Earl Grey (RM12.90)

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Patrons are served readily brewed pots of tea - hot or cold - upon order

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Tea in your cake - the English Earl Grey Cake (RM14.90) is a must try, alongside Lemon Cheesecake and Salted Caramel

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Lamb Ragout (RM28.90)

Additional Info

  • Pork-free
  • Free parking
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Provides event-hosting for private functions, weddings, brithdays, hi-tea, corporate meetings and product launches
  • Dual-themed - white and black rooms

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Lancelot Tea Guild, Bandar Sunway

Lancelot Tea Guild
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5A, Nadayu 28 Dagang,
Jalan PJS 11/7,
Bandar Sunway
Tel: +603 5613 6639
Opening hours: 11am-10pm (Closed on Mondays)

Journey of Joy At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Chef Johnny Loh and Fiona Rodrigues, Director of Marketing & Development at CBTL Malaysia

Christmas is meant be merry, fun, and bonding. Christians or not, December 25th is a day made for everyone to unite and indulge in delicious courses of meal, which customarily ends with a fancily decorated cake on the table, greedily gobbled down while friends and families laugh and chat throughout the night.

Christmas is a season of joy, and it's only right to make sure that you have all the right preparations to complete the occasion. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia helps you welcome this joyful Christmas with an exclusive menu consisting of holiday specials and other tasty bakeries that will uplift your day.


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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Christmas Bakeries

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Christmas Bakeries

Developed by award-winning Chef Johnny Loh, the festive offerings are a mix of traditional desserts inspired by European classics.

“It’s been a privilege to develop this festive menu with the idea of Joy behind it – as a chef, I’ve always wanted people to feel good, even happy when they taste my food. It was also a challenge which I enjoyed – there’s a fine line to tread when dealing with classics. If you play it safe, then there’s nothing new; if you make drastic changes, people may not be able to adjust to the new taste. With this special menu, I trust I have hit the right balance and that Malaysians will spend a joy-filled season enjoying this delicious traditional spread at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf,” said Chef Johnny.

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Dundee Fruit Cake (RM95/1kg)
Traditionally eaten as a Christmas Cake in Scotland; this moist and lightly spiced cake, generously topped with almonds, walnuts, apricots & cherries has a great flavor and crumbly texture. A Christmas fruit and nut case, indeed.

Sugar N' Chai Cheesecake (RM108/1kg)
A blend of chai spices, cream and sugar mixed with marinated apples, raisins & cherries on our all-time-favorite cheesecake. Light and delicate; delight in our British Indian take on a holiday favorite you can enjoy anytime. 

Christmas Cookie Party (RM130)
Party with us and our range of yummy-licious Christmas Cookies:
- Swiss Chocolate Almond Cookie
- Swiss Lemon Butter Cookie
- Cinnamon Sugar Cookie
- German Gingerbread Cooki
*Pack of 20 pieces (5 pieces per cookie flavor)

Warm Winter House (RM88)
Deliciously lovable, each section of the cottage is baked separately, made from our gingerbread-spiced buttercream and dusted with sugary snow. Spend a White Christmas in this American creation!

Jolly Breadman (RM5.80/pc)
Decked in colored buttons and individually wrapped in clear film, our hand-baked hole-y gingerbread man makes a lovely holiday gift and great for Christmas treat.

German Stollen (RM38)
Go the traditional German route and indulge in this rich, fruity, yeast bread filled with almond flakes, raisins, mixed peels, almond flakes, topped with a light glace icing.

Christmas Surprise Sampler (RM85)
The perfect Christmas party accompaniment: Classic Christmas Logs; Sugar N' Chai Cheesecake; German Stollen and Jolly Breadman - all in bite sizes that are sure to spread the holiday happiness to everyone! Pack of 20 pieces.

Jivara Raspberry Log (RM80/1kg)
Raspberry jelly rolled with a praline sponge and frosted with dark chocolate mousse from the forests of Ecuador - all weaved perfectly together in a great centerpiece at your Christmas party.

Classic Christmas Log
Celebrating this Christmas is not complete without the French classic yule-log-shaped cake: mocha ganache filling rolled with chocolate-flavored sponge cake, and frosted with chocolate mousse.

Additional Info:
  • In-store pickup
  • Delivery not available
  • Last pickup date: 2nd January 2016

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Holiday Specials

Selected holiday classic beverages at CBTL are handcrafted and are made to order using high quality ingredients including specially created ice cubes and proprietary powders such as the French Deluxe Vanilla and Special Dutch Chocolate. Specially selected  beverages added to the menu this Christmas include:

  • Toffee Nut Latte
  • Toffee Nut Ice Blended® drink
  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Latte
  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended® drink
  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  • Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
  • Red Velvet Ice Blended® drink
   All available in iced. Sold in-store.


Cute, quirky decorations to make perfect your Christmas cakes

For more information on The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Journey of Joy this Christmas, check out their Facebook page or website at www.coffeebean.com.my.

Designed my own gingerbread man under the watchful guidance of Chef Johnny!

Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year! :)

Tino's Pizza Express, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

Tino's Pizza Express was started by Bryan Loo, the master franchisor of Chatime in Malaysia. Tino's offers oven-baked Neapolitan style gourmet pizzas made using naturally fermented dough baked at a high temperature in order to achieve a crusty exterior with a firm and chewy consistency on the inside. Pizzas are available in two sizes - medium and large - and are prepared right before they are served fresh from the oven.

Tino's was one of the sponsors for Experience Icescape held for bloggers at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, where we were invited to feast and indulge in a few of Tino's best dishes:

 

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Pesto Pollo Spaghettini (RM23.90)

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Pesto Pollo Spaghettini (RM23.90)

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Mr. Tino (RM24.90)

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Tino's Club House (RM21.90)
Tino's Wings,  Dory Fish Fries, and Peanut Butter Fries with Sicilian sauce.

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Salmone Affumicato (RM19.90)

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Peanut Butter Banana Oreo (RM18.90)

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Lemonberry Delight (RM18.90)
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Tino's Iced Fruit Tea (RM9.50)

Thick, bready crust
While I was totally digging the heavy crust, a few of the bloggers did mention that they prefer something lighter. It obviously wasn't a factor as everyone was still burying their faces in their pizzas. Everyone loves a great topping!

Unique Ensemble
Crispy french fries. Drizzled with warm peanut butter sauce. Sprinkled with crushed peanuts, chili powder, and beef bacon chips. Served alongside a savory Sicilian chili dip. Bring on the foodvolution!

Delivery in a Flash
Tino's Pizza Express would be called otherwise if it is not able to have its pizzas served in the shortest time possible. Prepared 10 minutes prior to serving and baked just under 2 minutes, Tino's is the place to go for a quick but satisfying meal.

Must-Try Dishes in Tino's Pizza
Peanut Butter Fries

Thanks for the awesome food and hospitality!