Meeting The Giant Buddha in Leshan


1. Beijing 02.04.08

2. Beijing 03.04.08

3. Beijing 04.04.08

4. Beijing 05.04.08

MAP 1 Beijing-Yingxian

5. Beijing-LouCun 06.04.08

6. Lou Cun-YudouCun 07.04.08

7. YudouCun-Laiyuan 08.04.08

8. Laiyuan-Wangzhuang 09.04.08

9. Wangzhuang-Hunyuan 10.04.08

MAP 2 Yingxian-Taiyuan

10. Hunyuan-Dai Xian 11.04.08

11. Dai Xian-Xinzhou 12.04.08

12. Xinzhou-Taiyuan 13.04.08

MAP 3 Taiyuan-Linfen

13. Taiyuan-Pingyao 14.04.08

14. Pingyao 15.04.08

15. PingyaoHuozhou 16.04.08

16. Houzhou-Xiangfen 17.04.08

17. Xiangfen-Hejin 18.04.08

MAP 4 Linfen-Weinan

18. Hejin-Heyang 19.04.08

19. Heyang-Dali 20.04.08 Heyang-Dali

20. Dali-Xi'an 21.04.08

21. Xi'an 22.04.08

22. Xi'an 23.04.08

23. Xi'an 24.04.08

24. Xi'an 25.04.08

MAP 5 Weinan-Hanzhong

25. Xi'an-Mazhao 26.04.08

26. Mazhao-Yangxian 27.04.08

27. Yangxian-Mian Xian 28.04.08

28. Mian Xian-Ningqiang 29.04.08

29. Ningqiang-Guangyuan 30.04.08

MAP 6 Hanzhong-Mianyang

30. Guangyuan-Jianmen Pass 01.05.08

31. Jianmen Pass-Zitong 02.05.08

32. Zitong-Loujiang 03.05.08

33. Luojiang-Chengdu 04.05.08

34. Chengdu 05.05.08

35. Chengdu 06.05.08

36. Chengdu 07.05.08

37. Chengdu 08.05.08

38. Chengdu 09.05.08

MAP 7 Mianyang-Maoxian

39. Chengdu-Dujiangyan 10.05.08

40. Dujiangyan-Miansi 11.05.08

41. Miansi-Maoxian 12.05.08

42. Maoxian 13.05.08

43. Maoxian 14.05.08

44. Maoxian 15.05.08

45. Maoxian 16.05.08

46. Maoxian 17.05.08

47. Maoxian 18.05.08

48. Maoxian-Chengdu 19.05.08

49. Chengdu-Chongqing 20.05.08

50. Chongqing-Wanzhou 21.05.08

51. Yangtze River 22.05.08

52. Yangtze River-Wuhan 23.05.08

53. Wuhan 24.05.08

54. Beijing 25.05.08

55. Beijing 26.05.08

56. Beijing 27.05.08

57. Beijing 28.05.08

58. Beijing 29.05.08

59. Beijing 30.05.08


English Version 37

Thursday 08.05.08
The bus to Leshan
08.40 a.m.
I tried to find companions for a tour to The giant Buddha. A minibus is 550RMB and you can be 6 people. Unfortunately there are two groups that are interessted. So I`m quickly out. So now I`m sitting at the bus station and NOW we take off..
I sat with a little map of the city and tried to follow the rute of bus no.55. I didn`t succeed much. I`m not used to going by bus. Suddenly we crossed the river and were supposed to be there. A quick look at a name of the street tells me something I hadn`t expected. Yes it must be here. An even quicker: Where are we on the map to a fellow passenger. There? Dui - correct, it`s NOW.
It`s easier than expected to buy a ticket and get onboard the bus to Leshan, where I later will have to find bus no.3. They are used to my kind here.
And then we set off through my green, green Sichuan. I`m half asleep most of the way. I`m not used to this hot rumbling.
After the first 80 km the surroundings get more hilly. Beautiful green colours all the way.
At the new bus station there`s no bus no.3. But there`s no.1,10 and 13. Some Chinese are going there too, you easily see that they are not locals. They seem in trouble too. There was an English speaking guy in the bus that confirmed it should be no.3.
A local is saying a lot, but the conclusion I understand: No.13 is all right.
I board it thinking that I might have to walk the last piece? But it goes "right to the door".

Head of the Giant Buddha Leshan across the river On my way along the cliff


The Buddha itself disappoints me a little, he`s not that detailed as I had expected - I`ve heard a lot about him. But the area is an experience. Filled with stairs in the rock and footpaths up and down and along the cliff. With temples and teahouses and parks and waterfalls and lakes with goldfish all over.

Some took it more serious than others Everyone HAD to be photographed with the Buddha


At a time I`m confronted with two girls who want to be photographed with me. I`m on my marks. Something strange might lie underneath this? I manage to get away with a: Bu yao. But maybe it was completely innocent?
Anyway later there`s a whole family that wants the same. An elderly woman (my age probably) seize me by the arm and drags me with her. Over here! I accept it and a photo session with each of the five members of the family is done, while I try NOT to look annoyed. I don`t think I succeed. As if I was the attraction?
Now I know how to get back, so I slip through the crowd of rickshaws, scooter-and car taxies that are waiting willing to take me anywhere and find the bus stop for no.13.
Right now I`m keeping awake by writing, but it won`t last long then....
In the city busses they are very polite. A ladies voice keep repeating: Give your seat to the old, the weak, the sick, the disabled aso.
And they do! Even to me. I wonder which group I belong to?
When I enter no.55 on my way back I notice how glances are thrown to see if someone gives me a seat. And a young girl lets me have hers. But dear girl you didn`t have to do that. I`m not old - am I?
It`s hard to understand, when you think of how hard it is to buy a ticket or have your fruit weighed in the supermarket. That`s when I really have to FIGHT.
It was one of the things my Chinese teacher in DK said had surprised her the most, when she came to DK. That people were so polite - the other thing was that there were no people in the streets in the evening.
Here there are. You bet.