Leshan is located in the southwest of Sichuan Province , about 180km from
Chengdu and 20km to Mount E’mei. It covers 20 thousand square
kilometers and has a population of 6.59 million.
Leshan is a cultural city with a history of more than 3000 years
and a modern city as well. Because of its rapid development most of
the old buildings have been torn down but fortunately the Giant
Buddha remains intact. It attracts millions of visitors from home
Leshan is rich in forest and water energy resources. Mineral
deposits include rock salt, bittern, limestone, and saltpeter.
Leshan is one of the major producers of salt and a large hydropower base
in the southwest of China. The Gongzui hydropower station on the
Dadu River is a regional power grid. The chief farming products
include rice, grapes, oranges, tea, silkworm cocoons, and pigs.
Transportation to Leshan City is very convenient. The
Chengdu-Kunming Railway runs through Leshan. Ferries sail from
Leshan to Yibin on the Min River.
Leshan has many scenic and historical spots such as the Mount E’mei
and Leshan Giant Buddha, the small Three Gorges of the Min River,
the Black Dragon Pond, and the Sansu Clan Hall. Many of historical
relics have been added to the World Natural and Cultural Heritage