At present there is no airport in the city. Visitors can fly in to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport which is 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) away from Leshan city. Take a long-distance bus from Central Bus Station to New South Gate Bus Station in Chengdu and the coach in this station will drive visitors to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
In ancient times Leshan was known as Jiazhou and was reputed as the place 'Where there is the most beautiful landscape in all Sichuan, there is Jiazhou'. It was famous for its abundance of the Chinese flowering crab-apple and long ago was given the title of 'Haitang (crab-apple) Xiangguo (fragrant city)'. Nowadays it is particularly well known as a city of National Key Attractions due to its natural landscape and wealth of cultural relics.
Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture.