Not far from the city of Chengdu sits the tallest pre-modern statue and largest stone Buddha statue in the world. From your hotel, your guide will first bring you to downtown Leshan to have a taste of the city's popular dishes and other Sichuan delicacies. After a hearty lunch, you'll be ready to see the ancient wonder that is the Leshan Giant Buddha! This colossal statue of Maitreya (bodhisattva or a Buddha yet to come) standing at 71 meters was carved into the side of Mount Lingyun over 1,300 years ago. The site attracts hundreds of people every day, including Buddhist pilgrims who consider this a sacred destination. The charm of the Leshan Giant Buddha lies not only in its size but also in its architectural artistry. There are 1,021 buns in its coiled hair, which have been skillfully embedded in the head. It also has an ingenious drainage system made up of hidden gutters and channels across its head, behind the ears, and down to its arms and legs to displace rainwater and keep the insides dry and ensure the preservation of the statue.