Eight of us decided to make the long haul to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. It was a 2 hour taxi ride and we split up between 2 cars, 200 CNY per person (~30 USD) which included the ride back. That's cheaper than an uber to the airport in Chicago.
The driver dropped us off at the entrance and we were on our own from there. I took a lot of pics but besides the Buddha, I don't know what anything else is or the history behind. The temples were really beautiful inside and the majority of people were burning incense and lighting candles.
One very annoying thing over here is how many people take pictures of us simply because we are westerners. At lunch a guy was taking a video of us eating our noodles and then just circled our table watching us like we were animals. Uncomfortable doesn't even begin to describe the feeling. This statue basically sums it up.
The bathrooms are another level of disgusting. This sign was in the "WC" and we all were a bit perplexed.
I have never in my life done that many stairs at once. It was my worst nightmare only because I continuously envisioned myself plummeting forwards or backwards. But in the end, I was so happy I got to experience it all. The group was also great about staying together and not leaving me in the dust.
Towards the end of the exit, there were a lot of table shops with different souvenirs. I bought a small wooden Buddha for almost nothing.
There were also restaurants with baby pools full of turtles. *tear* #savetheturtles #earlyRIP There were other things like eels, I think snakes, and fish but only the turtles struck a chord.
We waited quite a while for our taxis back. One arrived and gave us the impression all 8 of us had to squeeze in. While technically we could have all fit, 2 seats were baby stools (not kidding... check out the photo) and it would have been a LONG 2 hour drive back. There was immediate relief when the second taxi showed up.
We got back just in time for dinner and then headed to the Panda Bar around 830. It was a ton of fun playing drinks games and just talking.
Unfortunately, the inevitable happened. I slipped on the way back. Luckily it was no big deal, mainly just a wet butt (it was raining, hence the fall). I'll do my best to stay on both feet the remainder of the trip.