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Introducing Lèshān

The somnolent-looking but inspiring Grand Buddha, now the world’s largest Buddha, with a fingernail taller than your average human. There’s your main draw to this small riverside city of meandering, tree-draped alleys. Prospering from increasing droves of Chinese tourists (and Chéngdū commuters due to new expressways), Lèshān has revamped many of its old quarters, but it isn’t all that apparent for most travellers. The town is relaxed and makes for a good day trip from the capital or a wind-down after tackling Éméi Shān.