Leshan, the UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Sichuan, is home to the world’s largest ancient Buddha statue. It is said that the fingernails of this giant stone structure are larger than the size of the average human being! This laidback riverfront town stands at the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers, overlooked by lush jungles and a riverine rural landscape. The perfect destination for those interested in archeology and Chinese cultural heritage, there’s much to explore in and around town. Leshan is a popular day excursion from Chengdu as well as a stopover town for travelers headed towards Emei Shan. When in town, don’t forget to explore Leshan’s popular traditional teahouses.