Mengshan Mountain Buddha (蒙山大佛 - Méngshān dàfú)The next day, after my arrival in Taiyuan, I planned to visit the suburbs. I chose a giant stone Buddha as the first place to visit. Everyone knows sitting Buddha of Leshan, carved in the red rock on the riverbank of Minjiang, recorded in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Moreover, almost no one has heard about the Buddha on the Mengshan mountain, which is 162 years older than its Sichuan brother and is much closer to Beijing.
Guided by Google maps, I took the bus to the desired stop, somewhere in 20 km to the south-west from the center of Taiyuan. After getting off the bus, I was immediately surrounded by minivan taxi drivers, who for 10 yuan offered me a ride to the entrance to the mountain park, where the Buddha is located. The distance from the bus stop to the park entrance is about 2 km. 10 yuan is, probably, too much, but no need to wait until the vehicle is filled with passengers.