Top things to do

Market in Lè Shān

Zhanggong Qiao Jie

Zhanggong Qiao Jie's small night market is full of seafood restaurants that pull fish and more straight from tanks in front of the restaurant to throw into the pan. Dishes are priced by weight, so clarify a total co…
Buddhist Statue in Lè Shān

Grand Buddha

Lè Shān’s serene, 1200-year-old Grand Buddha sits in repose, carved from a cliff face overlooking the confluence of three busy rivers: the Dàdù, Mín and Qīngyì. The Buddhist monk Haitong conceived the project in AD …
Buddhist Temple in Lè Shān

Wūyóu Temple

Wūyóu Temple, like the Grand Buddha, dates from the Tang dynasty, and has Ming and Qing renovations. This monastery contains calligraphy and artefacts, with the highlights in the Luóhàn Hall – 1000 terracotta arhat …
Museum in Lè Shān

Oriental Buddha Capital

This recently constructed park houses thousands of Buddha statues and figurines from around Asia, including a 170m-long reclining Buddha, one of the world’s longest. Don't miss the impressive Ten-Thousand Buddha Cav…
Sichuan in Lè Shān

Xiàogōngzuǐ Bàbā

One of a cluster of cafe-restaurants with terrace seating on the riverbank, this place is perfect for tea (from ¥15) or fresh coffee (from ¥25) during the day or a riverside beer (from ¥10) come evening. Choose from…
Barbecue in Lè Shān

Zhao Family Crispy Duck

Foodies flock to this tiny barbecue stand for its speciality – sweet, crispy roast duck (jīn; ¥22). The draw is the skin, which is best described as duck candy, a miraculously ungreasy bite of heaven. Eat it while i…
Street Food in Lè Shān

Baita Jie

Stalls line the riverbank, but to eat like a local head here, where you can try all manner of simmering stews (沙锅; shāguō, from ¥18) or gorge on cool yet spicy bàng bàng chicken (棒棒鸡; bàng bàng jī, from ¥20).
Bar in Lè Shān

Shelter Bar

European beers (and prices; from ¥48) are available here in an old-style pavilion overlooking the river.
Museum in Lè Shān

Máhàoyá Tombs Museum

Contains a modest collection of tombs and burial artefacts dating from the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–220), included in the Big Buddha entrance ticket.
Teahouse in Lè Shān

Wànxiàng Tea Garden

As the day ends in Lè Shān and locals gather in Hǎitáng Park below for taichi and dancing, there are few better places to be than this hilltop tea garden (tea from ¥10) overlooking it all.