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  • Location:Chengdu, China
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Day Trip to the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

Absorb the mammoth magnificence of the world’s largest stone Buddha statue on a private full-day tour of the Grand Buddha of Leshan from Chengdu. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the colossal size of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument and take an illuminated journey down trails that weave around the structure. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a flavorsome Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Chengdu hotel on this enriching excursion.  

Highlights

  • Private guided tour of the World Heritage-listed Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu
  • See the impressive Grand Buddha from several different vantage points
  • Admire intricate architectural and structural designs of the Lingyun Temple and Wuyou Temple
  • Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Learn interesting facts from your friendly, English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Day Trip to the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

Head of Leshan Grand Buddha

Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the scenery that sprawls on the 2-hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument. On arrival in Leshan, treat your taste buds to an authentic Chinese meal in a popular local restaurant. Revitalized, head to the sacred Temple of the Grand Buddha, located behind the colossal structure’s head. 

Marvel at the intricate construction of the head’s hair, gazing at 1,020 twisted buns, and then follow your guide down a twisting trail toward the left side of the mammoth monument. When you reach the bottom, gasp at the 233-foot (71-meter) height of the largest carved Buddha in the entire world and capture fantastic photographs of the sacred site. 

Next, explore the right side of Buddha to discover the Wuyou Temple, a pink-hued building containing an abundance of terracotta sculptures and calligraphic paintings. See the Arhat Hall, replete with 500 Arhat statues, then absorb panoramic views of three rivers converging prettily below. 

Choose to take a cruise of the river for an alternative perspective of the grand Buddha (own expense) then return to your comfortable vehicle for the relaxing ride back to your Chengdu hotel.  

Customer Reviews

Vladimir C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had time to do both to sail to the Buddha and to walk to it. The second is more interesting.

phillip s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I was met by my guide the wonderful Jeli from samtour and our driver. We drove to leshan. I chose to take the boat to the Buddha. The boat only spends about 5 mins in front of the Buddha but that was enough for a great view and some nice pictures. Aftrewards we had a very tasty lunch in a leshan restaurant. All in all another pleasant day compliments of viator and samtour

Susannah v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had an amazing time in Leshan. Our guide, Andy, taught us so much and made it a great day. Lunch in the village was fantastic too.
Thank you!!

Gareth J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Our best guide of our Chinese trip. Very friendly and helpful. Awesome lunch too.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Amazing big buddha and great way to enjoy other aspect of SIchuan besides the pandas!

Merlene W

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

Tour leader and driver very good. very interesting trip

Jessica M

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

We had a really great day. Its a long drive out to Leshan from Chengdu but we arrived in plenty of time to beat the big rush of people. Our guide was very friendly and spoke excellent English. The actual trek itself was a little more challenging than I had anticipated, especially going up.. but with a few little breaks it was very manageable. We were very lucky with lines, we barely had to wait at all and our guide said that in peak seasons it can be a 4hr wait to see the buddha.. something people should keep in mind when booking this tour during the popular months. The included lunch was also good… Not the best food I had while in Chengdu, but warm and filling after our big climb. It was a pretty perfect day, my only complaint (and its not an overly big one) is that neither our driver or our guide wore seat belts in the car despite being on a freeway at over 100kms an hour. It made the journey a little nerve wracking, especially considering how insane traffic is in China compared to what were used to at home. Would definitely recommend to anyone staying in Chengdu

Barbara S

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Very nice tour guide and amazing buddha. We thought it was a real hike but even small children can do these stairs. Don't take the boat, but line up to walk down.

Debbie A Malaysia

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

Be prepared for big crowds of people, the Grand Buddha is very popular. There is more then just the Grand Buddha to see, so ensure that if you want to walk down a path and see where is goes you tell the guide as there are some spots in the scenic area that people do not go to.
We skipped the very long wait in line to walk down the stairs to the foot of the Buddha and opted to take the boat instead which was extra but well worth it.

Angela B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2013

Really worth seeing despite the queue at the entrance and the humidity, the fog and the heat. Car, driver and guide were good. Lunch was decent.

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