Leshan, China

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.

Reviews

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K
, Jul 2017

Martin is great! And he is very knowledgeable about each sight we have visited . I highly recommend him to anyone and wish him the best in this business. A reall professional!

C
, Jun 2017

It's a long ride from Chengdu, but it is absolutely amazing!

M
, Feb 2017

This tour was great! The guide (Mars) was very informative and helpful. She was also really personable--it felt like I was hanging out with a friend. The driver was extremely professional as well. Highly recommended!

A
, Jan 2017

Amazing journey. The Leshan Giant Buddha is absolutely stunning. One of the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Our guide, Audrey, was extremely charming and professional, giving us great information about this gigantic piece of art.

J
, Dec 2016

Some other reviews suggest that the boat is the best way to see the Buddha but I have to say that nothing can compare with the close-up experience of climbing down and then up the steps alongside the statue. It is good to get there as early as possible and also to avoid peak season. We were able to proceed straight to the steps.
Local lunch was enjoyable and chopsticks are not so difficult to use!
For me the two-hour journey from the city was also most interesting as it gave an overview of the villages, countryside and agriculture, all such a contrast to the city itself. It was just as much part of the experience and not simply a means to get there.
The guide, as with all Viator guides that I have met, was most informative.

P
, Jul 2016

Actual tour as per expectation at time of booking.

L
, Jun 2016

Our guide was willing to tailor the trip to our wishes. She was informed and very pleasant her English was excellent

K
, May 2016

Really cool!

D
, Apr 2016

Great day out. Its still hard to grasp the scale after seeing it. Great food included too

s
, Apr 2016

Firstly our guide 'Coral' was excellent, very friendly, spoke good English and the driver was first class especially with the traffic and 'non existent rules of the road it would appear'. The journey to Lesham takes about 2 hours and Coral gave us an excellent commentary during this journey. Unfortunately the weather was dreadful, luckily had umbrella with us. On arrival the crowds were everywhere, good job did not arrive in height of season. Throughout the visit to the Buddha, Coral gave a good history and explanation and we had a laugh. The wait to walk down the Buddha and up again was around 2 hours so we declined due to the weather conditions but Coral made up for this with her commentary. The lunch was superb. One observation perhaps to improve this visit is to climb up and be given the commentary and visit the temples then proceed to the 'boat option' rather than waiting up to 2 hours to fully view the statue then followed by the lunch, that way everybody would see everything. The return journey to the hotel took again another 2 hours so a very full day.


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