Du Fu Thatched Cottage
I spent a lovely afternoon at Du Fu Thatched Cottage, a 24 acre museum complex that commemorates Du Fu–a celebrated Chinese poet from the 8th century.
Du Fu diorama (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda
Du Fu’s writing room (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Waterfall of peace
Special liquor for sale (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Bamboo stroll (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Friends in pandas
Snack time (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Tea time (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Say cheese (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Statue of Du Fu (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Calligraphy exhibit (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
What do we have here?
I traveled to Leshan in China for an incredible adventure–exploring every inch of the Giant Buddha (the largest stone carved statue like it in the world!).
Put on your body brace!
The Buddha is surrounded by beautiful landscapes (look at those trees)–and it sits upon the water for a dynamite view of the entire city. My Yale surgeon told me to wear my body brace to help me get up all of the many stairs.
If you like, I can show you how we climbed like ants on each side of the Buddha’s body–so put on some comfortable shoes because this adventure isn’t easy!
Descending Buddha (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Make sure to pause as we go down the narrow and steep staircase to get some glimpses of each inch of the Buddha’s body as we descend down to the water’s edge.
Buddhist prayers (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
At the feet of the Buddha, many were offering Buddhist prayers with incense–an incredible view to gaze up at the entire body carved with devotion out of the rock.
We made it
Congratulations for making it to the bottom–now we have to go up the other side of the Buddha which is no easy feat–not to mention that pathway hovers over the water so hold on tight and no wrong moves!
You’ll find yourself sweating alot if you go in the summer or early fall–so make sure to bring water and hydrate as it’s quite a work-out to climb those stairs (not everyone can be cool like me and have the help of a body brace).
When you get to the top, be sure to take some time (and deep breaths–you’ll need them) to appreciate the fine carving of the head–such detail. Then it’s on to the Buddhist temple which you’ll just have to see for yourself in person as photographs are not allowed (and yes, it’s definitely worth seeing!).
On to the temple
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Summer Palace in Beijing where a friend and I spent several hours walking through its lovely gardens, pavilions, and temples.
Bring a friend
Exploring Chinese history
Beauty in Beijing (Photo: Emily O’Dell)
Any interest in me taking you to see this giant stone Buddha carved into the side of a mountain in China?
Anubis leads us
Anubis asked me to take him to a local farmer’s market in China, so I let him lead the way and off we went to peruse fruits, vegetables, eggs, and noodles…
Looks like art
Anubis in China
Anubis has been dining out in China–and he’s a hit! He’s loved being welcomed everywhere he goes–including restaurants…
I took a photo of a peaceful and lush Chinese landscape I’ve been passing by every day here in China…my special place.