Thursday, October 19, 2006
One Big Buddha!
On Monday morning Jeanette and I headed to Leshan to see my most favorite in China, Leshan Dafo. I was a little worried that the Buddha might be in the fog because of the overcast day. We were in luck, it ended up being a fantastic day to see this magnificent site. I really built this place up to Jeannette, so I was hoping she would really enjoy this beautiful part of China.
You just gotta kiss the Buddha!
This was my second trip to see Dafo, but this was the first time I was able to climb the stairs to the bottom of the Buddha. Here are a couple photos from on the way down the stairs.
The Buddha's hand.
We had quite a hike down to the Buddha's feet and then all the way back up again to the other side of his head. I couldn't remember which way to go next and we ended up a bit lost and then outside the park. The first time we went we had a gorgeous walk through the entire park to the other side where the Sleeping Buddha lays. I was quite disappointed by my misnavigation, but we did make it to the other side of the park and in to see the other sites.
There is a huge Buddha at the top of about 170 stairs that we didn't walk up the last time we were here, but Jeanette and I decided to venture up. Here were some pictures at the bottom of the stairs.
Here is this great little money game they seem to have at every Buddhist temple I have been to in China. There is a dragon in the bottom of the well filled with water and you have to try and get a coin in the dragon's mouth. Here is Jeanette giving it a go! Of course, more fans!
My that is some big incense you have!
We made it to the top of the stairs and we found this little shrine. Check out Jeanette's extra arms!
The head of the sleeping Buddha.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon! I love this pictures!!!
After a ton of walking up and down stairs we decided to take two rickshaws back to the car. Actually the 80 pound Chinese men driving the rickshaws decided that we would take separate rickshaws!
We had a fabulous and definitely tiring day! We headed back to Chengdu and relaxed for the remainder of the evening. We also gave the massage girls a call to ease our aches and pains.