One of Sichuan's most well-known attractions is the world's largest stone-carved sitting Buddha, whose pinky toenail can seat several full-grown humans. Its position, at the confluence of three rivers in Sichuan, allows the 1,300-year-old statue to face the sacred Taoist E'mei Mountain.
For tourists, the area surrounding the sculpture hosts a museum with exhibits on the construction and subsequent renovations of this now-UNESCO heritage site. South of the giant is a pink-walled monastery adorned with scenes from Journey to the West and arhat sculptures. Also nearby is a classic steam train.
More practical information on planning a visit to Leshan from Chengdu can be found here.
Over the millennia, the Buddha's face has been reconstructed numerous times. This photo series shows the changes of the "world's tallest pre-modern statue" over just the past century.
Viral video (it's weird — just watch it).