Visitors, Leshan Giant Buddha Staircase
The Leshan Giant Buddha, a 71-metre (233 foot) stone statue, lies at the confluence of the Min and Dadu rivers in Sichuan province, China. It is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world and was built between 713 and 803, taking 90 years to carve. Visitors to the statue walk along a riverside path before climbing this stairwell, composed of 250 steps, carved into the rockface to view the Buddha's head, a trip which, based on crowds, can take a couple of hours to complete. A second stairwell, on the other side of the statue, brings them back to riverside on the return trip.