Visit two of China's top attractions on this private full-day tour to the Chengdu Panda Base and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Grand Buddha in Leshan. Get an early start to see the pandas in action and enjoy photo ops of baby and adult panda bears. Then travel to Leshan for a guided tour of the Grand Buddha, the world’s biggest stone Buddha sculpture. Visit the Buddha’s adjacent temples, and admire the surrounding scenery of rivers and forest. Travel in comfort with a private guide and driver, lunch is included.
►Stop At:Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, No.1375 Xiongmao Avenue the Outside Northern Third Ring Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu 610081 China
Your day trip starts with hotel pickup by your private and friendly guide and driver. Head directly to the Chengdu Panda Base (aka the Panda Breeding Center, officially known as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding), located about 40 minutes outside of central Chengdu.Arrive at the center before feeding time to observe the beloved bears when they are at their most active. Your guide leads you through different areas to see baby and adult giant pandas, as well as red pandas, cat-like animals that are not closely related to giant pandas but are still pretty cute. Learn about the protection of panda bears in the wild and recent achievements in breeding, feeding and reintroduction to the wilderness.
►Stop At:Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), No.2435 Lingyun Street, Shizhong District, Leshan 614000 China
Leave the panda base and take in the scenery during the 3-hour drive to Leshan, where you'll have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Grand Buddha, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed as 'Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area.'Work started on the Grand Buddha in the year 713 and was completed in 803 after several delays. Carved out of a cliff next to the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers, the massive sculpture stands 233 feet (71 meters) high and measures 92 feet (28 meters) wide. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world by far.Begin your tour of the site at the Grand Buddha Temple (Lingyun Temple), which sits behind the Buddha’s giant head (as you approach, note the statue’s hair, which includes approximately 1,020 coiled buns). Inside the temple, view intricate sculptures and wall decorations, and then follow your guide down a trail that leads to the base of the Buddha. Make sure you got enough good photos of this wonder before head back to Chengdu, where your day trip ends with hotel or airport drop-off.
• Professional English-speaking guide
• Private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
• Hotel pickup and drop-off
• Entry/Admission - Chengdu Panda Base
• Entry/Admission - Leshan Buddha
• Optional boat ride in Leshan ($10 per person)
• Book at least 24 hours in advance
• For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience