Consul General of Nepal in Chengdu, Mr. Dinesh Kumar Ghimire visited Leshan yesterday on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. He was greeted by Ms. He Dehong, Deputy Director of Leshan Economic Cooperation and Foreign Affairs Bureau upon arrival. Deputy Director accompanied Consul General to Leshan Giant Buddha where he was welcomed by Ms Fan Yuanyuan, President of Leshan Giant Buddha Research Institute. He offered his prayers at Leshan Giant Buddha and visited monasteries in the area. He also visited the Nepali styled monastery at Leshan Giant Buddha. The officials from Giant Buddha area management committee informed that Buddha statue in the monastery was brought from Lumbini, Nepal (the birthplace of Gautam Buddha) and the architecture of the monastery was also built in Nepali style.
Later Consul General also visited Dafu monastery at E-meishan which is one of the largest monasteries in Asia. He exchanged views on bilateral cooperation with Master Yongshou, President of the Buddhism Association of Sichuan and Vice President of the Buddhism Association of China at the Monastery. The officials from the monastery informed that the Bodhi tree planted in the monastery was brought from Lumbini. The monastery also displayed Thanka paintings and statues from Nepal. Consul General was accompanied by his spouse and the officials from Consulate General and Nepal National Pavilion during his entire visit.
Consul General thanked Leshan FAO for the warm hospitality and wonderful arrangement of the visit. There was gift exchange ceremony with Leshan FAO, Leshan Giant Buddha Management Committee and Dafu Monastery. Leshan has sister city and friendly relation with Lumbini Cultural Municipality, Tansen Municipality and Ramgram Municipality of Nepal.