My husband stumbled upon this on the Internet and made it his mission to go there on our trip to China. I wasn't overly enthusiastic as it involved a 17 hour train trip to Pingdinshan and a 2 hour drive out there.
We made it out there and it was the most amazing sight ever. Nothing can prepare you for the scale and amazing sight until you get there and see it for yourself.
We were the only tourists there and just about all our shots had just us in them. Our guide managed to get us up to the platform so we could stand beside the toe to get even more if a feel for the scale of it.
After the climb to the top my calves still hurt but it was well worth the pain.
When we booked we were told that the train from Shanghai was the only option. After we got to pingdingshan we learnt that we could have flown into Xhengzhou which is a three hour car ride to the temple.
Our guide was called Jack and he was assigned to us through Intrepid and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
My recommendation is to go to this amazing temple and see it for yourself as you won't be disappointed.
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