Leshan Giant Buddha Tours

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Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. A Buddhist monk—hoping to earn divine protection for the local fishermen—carved the massive statue into a cliff, starting in 713. Ninety years later, the carving was finished.
 
The Basics
A day tour to the Buddha statue from Chengdu starts with a scenic 2-hour drive, often followed by a guided tour of the statue. The tour also stops at several of the Buddhist temples that surround the statue, including the Grand Buddha Temple located behind the giant Buddha's head and Wuyou Temple, where you'll find some of the best views of the statue.
 
You can also take a boat ride on the Mingjiang River to see the Buddha from a different perspective. Tours to the statue are frequently combined with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and if you have an extra day in your itinerary, it's possible to combine your visit to the statue with a tour of Mount Emei, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains and another UNESCO-listed site.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Leshan Giant Buddha is a must-see for first-time visitors.
  • Day trips to the statue from Chengdu typically last eight to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Be prepared to climb up and down steps that could be challenging for those with limited mobility.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
 
How to Get There
Located 85 miles (137 kilometers) south of Chengdu, the Leshan Buddha is best visited on a day trip from the Sichuan capital. To get there independently, take the long-distance bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station in Chengdu to Leshan Xiaoba Station and then take Bus 13 to the site.

When to Get There
Due to Leshan’s rainy climate, it’s best to visit during the spring or fall when temperatures are warm and relatively dry. The area receives about 80 percent of its annual rainfall during the summer.
 
Notable Details of the Stone Buddha
To help protect the giant Buddha statue from Leshan’s frequent rainfall, its builders constructed a hidden drainage system—a series of gutters and channels that displace rainwater to help protect the integrity of the statue. Among the other interesting features are 1,012 buns of coiled hair embedded into the carved head of the Buddha.
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Address: Mt Emei, Shizhong, Southwest China, China
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Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu

At over 230 feet tall (70 meters), the 1,300-year-old Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world and attracts visitors from around the globe. Keep yourself from getting lost in the crowds of this UNESCO-listed attraction by visiting with the comfort and convenience of a private tour, which includes informative commentary, transportation from your hotel, and a side-trip to a local fishing village. This tour also includes all entrance fees, high-speed train tickets, and lunch.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

Combine visits to Chengdu Tianfu Square, the Leshan Giant Buddha, and the Chengdu Panda Breeding Base in one full-day tour from Chengdu. Pickup and drop-off at select Chengdu hotels included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$110.22
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda and Leshan Buddha

Get up close to Chinese wildlife and ancient culture on a full-day tour from Chengdu. You have the option to take a private tour or join up with a group. Regardless, you relax in comfortable round trip transportation from your hotel.  Entrance is included to both the Leshan Grand Buddha and Chengdu Panda Base, where you also enjoy engaging tours with your guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Day Trip: Leshan Grand Buddha with Lunch

Enjoy personal attention and a customized itinerary during this 8-hour private tour to see Leshan Grand Buddha. This private tour includes lunch and entrance fees, as well as visits to the Wuyou Temple and the Lingyun Temple. Hotel pickup and drop-off in a private vehicle included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Giant Panda Research Center and Leshan Giant Buddha Day Trip from Chengdu Including Bullet Train

See giant pandas and the Giant Buddha of Leshan, and ride a bullet train on this private 12-hour trip from Chengdu. Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to view these rare animals, and learn about the center’s conservation work. Plus, take a high-speed train to Leshan to see its immense 8th-century Buddha statue carved into a riverside cliff. Train tickets, entrance fees, private Chengdu round-trip transfers, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chengdu Highlights Small-Group Day Tour of the Panda Research Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha

Avoid the noise and distraction of large tour groups and visit two of Chengdu’s popular highlights in a small, intimate tour group on this full-day tour. Meet Chengdu’s famous giant pandas, then head south to the imposing Leshan Giant Buddha, a 233 foot (71 meter) sculpture carved from a red sandstone cliff. Both attractions are on the outskirts of Chengdu and difficult to get to on public transport; this tour makes it significantly easier to visit both in the same day.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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Day Tour: Chengdu Giant Panda Bear Research Center and Leshan Grand Buddha

Combine visits to the Leshan Grand Buddha and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during this 8-hour trip from Chengdu. See the impressive 230-foot (70-meter) Grand Buddha and its surrounding temples. Learn about panda conservation and care during a visit to the research center. Round-trip hotel transportation and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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One-Day Tour: Authentic Sichuan Tea House and Leshan Giant Buddha

As China urbanizes and industrializes, traditional culture is fast being lost. See a side of Chengdu that’s rarely open to foreigners at an authentic old tea house in the suburb of Pengzhen with a private translator/guide. Next, spend the afternoon exploring the Leshan Giant Buddha UNESCO World Heritage Site. This door-to-door tour includes a cup of tea but excludes Buddha entrance fees, boat cruise fees, and lunch.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center and Leshan Giant Buddha

Spend the day visiting two of the Chengdu area’s top locations on this full-day private tour. First, head to the Giant Panda breeding center for a closer look at these gentle giants. See them playing, take photos, and learn more about the conservation efforts from China. Then, head to the UNESCO-listed Leshan Giant Buddha to admire the tranquility of the area and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Giant Panda and Leshan Buddha Day Trip from Chengdu

Enjoy a full-day guided tour from Chengdu that combines giant panda bears with the Leshan Buddha and Wuyou Temple. Get great photo ops of China’s furry ambassadors at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base while watching the adorable pandas. Then savor a lunch that features Xiba tofu (bean curd), a regional specialty. Afterward, take a scenic drive to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha, the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world. You also stop at Wuyou Temple and can choose an optional river cruise (own expense).
  • Duration: 10 hours
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2-Day Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha and Emei Shan including Monastery Stay

Discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites of Leshan on an all-inclusive 2-day tour from Chengdu. Accompanied by a private guide, witness the colossal majesty of Leshan Grand Buddha, the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world, and soar over the magnificent Emei Shan (Mt Emei) during an exhilarating cable car ride. See sacred shrines and beautiful Buddhist temples; spend the night in an enchanting monastery; and appease an appetite for authenticity with traditional Chinese meals. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide throughout your experience.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Tour: Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Grand Buddha

Keep your camera to hand as you visit two of Chengdu’s most photo-worthy sites on this full-day tour – the UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha in Leshan and the Chengdu Panda Base.  Start your day getting close to China’s adorable native pandas, with the chance to spot Giant Pandas, Red Pandas and baby pandas. After lunch at a local restaurant (included), make the most of your private guide as you explore the Great Buddha temple and stand in awe before the world’s largest stone Buddha.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain Train 2-Day Tour

Make a special trip to see Leshan Giant Buddha and one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains, Mt. Emei, on this 2-day tour by high-speed train from Chengdu. Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, Baoguo Temple, and Fuhu Temple, and take a cable car up to the Golden Summit. Sit along the banks of the Min River, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Custom Chengdu Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of a private guide and flexible itinerary, tailored to your interests, on this full-day tour of Chengdu, including lunch and transport (optional). Stroll along lively Kuan-Zhai Lane, browse the markets and shopping centers, then relax in a traditional teahouse in People’s Park or tuck into Chengdu’s famous hot pot at a local restaurant. Alternatively, escape the city for a tour of Mt Mengding, marvel over the world’s largest Buddha in Leshan or see adorable Giant Pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base. It’s up to you!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Chengdu Panda Leshan Buddha and Mount Emeishan 2 Days Group Tour

This is the perfect tour to discover the top attractions in and around Chengdu. You’ll save hours researching your trip and planning transport by having a full itinerary organized for you. Visit Chengdu Panda Research Base, Leshan Buddha, Mount Emei, Huazang Temple, Wannian Temple, and more on one tour. Conveniently, entrance tickets, accommodation, and transfers are all included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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1 Day Private Tour of Leshan Giant Buddha Via Bullet Train

Spare yourself the hassles of negotiating Chengdu’s public transport system with this private guided door-to-door tour of the 233-foot (71-meter) Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Traveling by bullet train and private vehicle, stroll around the mighty Buddha, then enjoy a traditional Sichuan lunch and a mahjong session in a teahouse.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Chengdu Highlights Private Day Tour of The Panda Breeding Center and Leshan Giant Buddha

Many of Chengdu’s popular attractions are on the outskirts of the city or deep in the Sichuan countryside. Instead of taking a chance on public transport or spending hours in a hot, crowded tour bus, enjoy a comfortable private transfer between two of the city’s highlights, the Dujiangyan Panda Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha, on this full-day tour. Start this tour at your hotel, drive direct from location to location, and return to Chengdu by early evening.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Day Tour: Leshan Buddha of Chengdu

This 9-hour private tour allows you to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt. Emei Scenic Area. Get panoramic views from the sculpture's vantage point, then sit down for lunch in a local restaurant. This private tour ensures personalized attention from your guide and a flexible itinerary. Round-trip transportation from Chengdu accommodations is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Day Trip: Chengdu to Leshan and Luocheng by Train

Combine visits to the village of Luocheng and the Leshan Grand Buddha during this 10-hour private tour from Chengdu. Travel with a dedicated guide via fast train to explore the ancient town, try local foods, and admire the world's largest ancient Buddha. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Chengdu, train tickets, and entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private 2-Day Chengdu Tour with Pandas and Leshan Giant Buddha

Visit Chengdu’s top attractions on a private two-day tour that includes the Panda Breeding Center and Leshan’s Grand Buddha. Observe the pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and learn about conservation efforts for China’s panda population. Have lunch in the historic Wide and Narrow Alleys district (aka Kuan-Zhai Lane), then learn about the 3000-year-old Shu kingdom at Jinsha Site Museum. The next day, travel to Leshan to tour the site of the Grand Buddha, the largest stone Buddha in the world.
  • Duration: 2 days
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5 Days Chengdu Leshan Mt Emei and Dujiangyan Tour

Chengdu, one of the most populous cities in Western China.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Chengdu Private Panda Trip with Afternoon Private Custom Tour

Customize your own private tour from Chengdu. Combine a visit to the Chengdu Panda Base with any other Chengdu attractions you want during the course of 9 hours with a dedicated guide. Round-trip hotel transportation included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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One-Day Private Customize-able Chengdu Panda Breeding & Research Center and City Highlights

See Chengdu’s famous pandas and explore the city on this custom-crafted excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit Chengdu’s top panda research facility and watch as infants and adults nurse, play, and tumble. Then, design your own itinerary with the help of a private guide and embark on a journey to local landmarks, including museums, temples, palaces and tombs.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Chengdu Panda Base Tour and More As Your Wish

This tour first makes your panda dream come true and then you may decide where to go after. Chengdu is not only a city full of historical heritages, but is a nice place for people who seek leisure and scenic beauty. There are a lot of options you may choose from. This tour offers you the most flexibility by leaving the afternoon time open and lunch and entrance fee on your own, but please feel assured that your guide will always be there to offer you advice based on the actual situation and your interest.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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