Leshan - Sichuan Province

About 80 miles south of Chengdu, Leshan is home to an enormous Buddha statue that looks out over the river, is 233ft high and over 1200 years old. Built during the Tang dynasty it is testament to the skills of its builders that is still standing despite the attention of both erosion and the Cultural Revolution. In 1996 Leshan was included in UNESCO’s list of world heritages sites.