Our third day started early as well with our walk to the bus station where we wanted to take a 1-hour bus ride to Leshan in order to see the Big Buddha which is the biggest stone Buddha in the world with 71 metres in height. Actually, I can’t imagine any other Buddha that is bigger than the one in Leshan. I was seriously in awe when I saw it and couldn’t stop staring.
Our ride there was quite comfortable and we even met a polish guy who just happened to have the same surname as my friend Ana and they both couldn’t stop laughing at this coincidence.
Later, on our way walking to the Buddha, we also met a girl from Germany. So we were 2 Polish and 2 Germans :’D Best crew ever!
DISCLAIMER: Before you decide to go visit a mountain or a Buddha statue or anything that has to do with Buddhism, be warned! If you wanna do this during Chinese New Year, you should expect a lot of people. MASSES! And you should also calculate some time for queueing. We didn’t expect that and thought we would be able to visit the surrounding area as well, but our plans were destroyed within seconds of seeing the unbelievably long line leading to the Buddha. We wanted to cry, but we didn’t give up. We had come all that way to see the Buddha, and we would get through the queueing.
We were lucky that we were a bunch of fun and chatty young people with so many topics to talk about. 4 hours (!!!!) in a queue flew by so fast and before we could say knife, we were already descending the stairs down to the Buddha.
Of course, something had to go wrong: As we were descending the stairs, an old chinese woman came up next to me and behind Ana, and she suddenly sneezed on Ana, so loud and spraying saliva all over the place. It was disgusting and rude! Ana got all the germs on her. I literally saw it rain down. We got pissed off at the end and sweared to never go to any holy monument during a holiday in China anymore :’D
When we were finally at the bottom, the size of the Buddha overwhelmed us even more. It was immense and we had to contort our necks to see the whole thing.
We took some pictures, and it was already time for Ana and me to slowly head back to the bus stop. We had booked a Sichuan Opera show in the evening so we had to be ready at the hostel on time.
It was really hard to fit all of us together in one picture with the Buddha, but we somehow did it. We then exited which meant climbing up the stairs this time. It was really exhausting and we also had to hurry a little bit.
Back at the hostel, we just had time to buy some snacks for the next day (A 10-hours bus ride would await us), get changed and ready for the pickup. There were two other guys with us in the minivan. One of them was from France, and the other one from a South-American country (I think Argentina or Brazil or something), but studying and working in Shanghai. They told us they had like 6 weeks off and planned a trip through China. We were quite envious of them.
Anyway, when we arrived at the opera house, we had to wait for about 20 minutes before the show started. We were invited to wait and tea was served, Jasmine tea I think, one of my favourites <3
The show finally started, and it was really impressive. It had everything you could wish for: Acrobats, slapstick, singing parts, action, firespitters, amazing costumes and face-changing masks which is famous for Sichuan Opera. I can 100% recommend you to visit the opera while you are there. The price is fine as well.
After the show, we looked for a place to eat and found a venue with food stands and restaurants. There, we ordered some malatang, hot spicy soup (Mine was not spicy of course) and roamed through the streets a little bit to buy some fruit for our bus ride the next day.
This was our 3rd day in Sichuan. I enjoyed it a lot, despite spending it waiting on lines all the time. The opera show was my highlight and the big Buddha was something different than I had seen.
What about you guys? Have you ever been sneezed on?
What was the longest time you had to wait in a queue?
And tell me about the biggest Buddha statue you have seen.
Thanks for travelling with me!
Stay tuned for my next post which will be a quite emotional one.