Leshan is located where the Dadu, Minjaing, Qingyijiang rivers meet in Sichuan Province, China about 120 kilometres from Chengdu.
It has a territory of approximately 12,800m2 with a population of 3.68 million.
Leshan is a prosperous town with beautiful scenery and many historical buildings, temples and stone tablets.
It has a humid sub-tropical climate and is the site of the world's largest stone statue of Buddha.
The Hervey Bay - Leshan Sister City relationship has remained active and strong since its inception in 1997.
This is largely due to the excellent Foreign Affairs staff in Leshan and many of the formal as well as informal relationships established at many levels of government.
A new Chinese garden has been created in the Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens, Urangan.
It includes a moon gate and cloud wall, main entry, feature fountain, circular court, pond, an arbour, timber bridge, pavilion and curved bench.
Visit to the Fraser Coast
In August 2013, 6 delegates from Leshan visited the Fraser Coast. During their visit, they went the Chinese garden at the Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens, enjoyed tours around Maryborough and Hervey Bay, and had a Welcome Ceremony & Lunch with our Councillors.
In July 2012, 13 students and three teachers from our sister city school Leshan No. 1 School visited Urangan State High School.
During their visit to Hervey Bay, the students attended school classes with their host brothers / sisters. They were hosted by families of the Urangan High School LOTE Chinese students.
The group visited Fraser Island and went whale watching as many of them had never seen the ocean before.