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Brews and exceptional views in Leshan, home of the giant Buddha

When we arrived in Chengdu, our main priorities were to see the pandas and to travel to Jiuzhaigo, we thought while we are here we may as well check out Leshan, it wasn’t too far away and looked like a pretty beautiful place, little did we know we would also encounter some of the friendliest people we have ever come across.

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When we arrived in Leshan, we hadn’t booked any accommodation because we had travelled on a whim, we eventually found somewhere that would put us up for a couple of nights for a reasonable price, after dropping our bags off we headed down to the waterfront to look out over the river and see the giant Buddha in the distance which was illuminated with floodlights.

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It wasn’t long before we were approached by a a few guys who tried speaking to us in broken English, they asked us to join them for food and drinks.  Because we’d been approached so quickly we immediately thought it was some kind of scam so naturally we were a little apprehensive, but after a few minutes we decided to throw caution into the wind and joint them.

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Turns out it wasn’t a scam, just some university students who wanted to hang out with some foreigners, drink beer and bai jiu and eat some typical drinking session food.  The food we had was various types of offal on skewers in spicy sauce, we spent hours at this little place getting unbelievably drunk together, so much so that one of the guys had to get carried home by his friends.  We ate so much food, drank an incredible amount of beer and the students offered to pay for it all, of course we didn’t let them, but I was so overcome by their kindness and generosity and it will still go down in history as one of the best nights out I’ve ever had.

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The following day we made the most of our time in Leshan and paid a visit to the giant buddha which was incredible and such an amazing piece of Chinese history, I could go into detail but I think I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

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If you go to this place and reach out your arm to make it look as though you’re touching the Buddha try not to look like you’re hailing Hitler like these guys.

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Oh, and here’s a bonus photo of the cutest mother and daughter that looked super badass in their sunglasses and were quite eager to have their photographs taken.

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I hope to go back to Leshan some day, it is such a beautiful city and all the people we interacted with were so lovely.

Last post for the night, I am really trying to catch up with myself as it’s not long until me and Becky are off travelling again.

Goodnight

Matt

 

 

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