This week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in China, near the site of the country’s first Buddhist temple. The original temple was built in the 1st century AD, but over the years, more temples were added, as well as the area’s crown jewel, the Giant Buddha of Leshan.
Standing 71 meters high, the Giant Buddha of Leshan is the largest Buddha statue in the world. Carved out of the side of a cliff, the Buddha appears imposing but serene as he surveys the place where the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers meet.
The story of the Buddha’s creation is an interesting one. The statue was carved as an expression of faith, but the monk who came up with the idea, Haithong, also hoped that the finished statue would grant a measure of serenity to the wild, rough waters of the rivers below. By the time the statue was finally completed, years after Haithong’s death, so much rock had been deposited into the river as a result of the statue’s construction that the waters did indeed calm down, creating a safe passage for ships.
To see the Giant Buddha of Leshan, you need a Chinese visa. Americans are required to apply for Chinese visas in advance, as China does not grant visas on arrival and will instead send you home at your own expense. Tourists should apply for a tourist visa, also known as an “L” visa. Here are the documents that are required:
- A completed Chinese visa application
- Your US passport
- One passport photo
If your plane leaves in the next seven days, you should also include a copy of your travel itinerary to expedite your visa.
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