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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) Tours

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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha(Da Fo), 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.
Address: Mt Emei, Shizhong, Southwest China, China
Admission: Varies
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Day Tour to explore Giant Buddha, Hot Pot & Sichuan Opera

Day Tour to explore Giant Buddha, Hot Pot & Sichuan Opera

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Experience the culture and history of Sichuan province on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, see the massive Buddha of Leshan—it took 90 years to carve into a cliff—savor a delicious complimentary hot pot dinner in Chengdu, and enjoy the amazing art of mask changing during a night at the Sichuan opera.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$267.00
Price varies by group size
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US$267.00
Price varies by group size

Leshan Giant Buddha Day Tour

Leshan Giant Buddha Day Tour

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Leshan Giant Buddha’s location outside of Chengdu can make it tricky to get to by public transport. Avoid the hassle of working out local transport schedules, and get there in a quick and efficient way—on an organized day tour. Conveniently, hotel pickup and drop-off are included, and the transfers are private too.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$84.21
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US$84.21
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Giant Panda-Leshan Buddha Day tour

Giant Panda-Leshan Buddha Day tour

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This day tour covers the most popular attractions nearby Chengdu, Giant Panda and Giant Buddha. In the morning we will visit the cute pandas and then in the afternoon we will see the UNESCO world heritage site, Leshan Giant Buddha.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$97.44
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US$97.44

Panda tour Leshan Buddha Mt Qingcheng Emei Duijngyan Sichuan Kham Tibetan tour

Panda tour Leshan Buddha Mt Qingcheng Emei Duijngyan Sichuan Kham Tibetan tour

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Chengdu’s most famous residents aren’t human, they’re pandas. With this private tour, enjoy a customized day interacting with these black and white bears at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Design your own experience with options to help a panda keeper in their daily tasks, snap photos of the pandas under staff supervision, or simply observe red and giant pandas in their enclosures.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$90.00
Price varies by group size
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US$90.00
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Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu

Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu

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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.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$219.00
Price varies by group size
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US$219.00
Price varies by group size

Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

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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.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$101.83
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US$101.83
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All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train

All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train

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Combine a trip to the Chengdu Giant Panda Base with a visit to the Leshan Giant Buddha on this full-day private tour from Chengdu. With a private guide, travel via high-speed rail and private transfer. Entrance fees and lunch are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$269.00
Price varies by group size
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US$269.00
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Private Day Tour to Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

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Private Day Tour to Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

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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.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$181.90
US$214.00
US$32.10 savings
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US$181.90
US$214.00
US$32.10 savings
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Private Tour of Chengdu Panda Center and Leshan Giant Buddha

Private Tour of Chengdu Panda Center and Leshan Giant Buddha

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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.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$256.42
Price varies by group size
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US$256.42
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Grand Buddha

Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Grand Buddha

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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.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$240.00
Price varies by group size
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US$240.00
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2-Day Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha and Emei Shan including Monastery Stay

2-Day Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha and Emei Shan including Monastery Stay

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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.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$466.00
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US$466.00
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Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain Train 2-Day Tour

Leshan Giant Buddha and Emei Mountain Train 2-Day Tour

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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.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$449.00
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US$449.00
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Chengdu Panda Leshan Buddha and Mount Emeishan 2 Days Tour

Chengdu Panda Leshan Buddha and Mount Emeishan 2 Days Tour

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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.
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  • 2 days
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US$210.00
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US$210.00
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda and Leshan Buddha

Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda and Leshan Buddha

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.00
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US$95.00
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Tea Village in lost Town and Buddha 1 day tour

Tea Village in lost Town and Buddha 1 day tour

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Visit the UNESCO-listed Leshan Giant Buddha and learn about China’s rich tea making history during this full-day tour. After admiring the massive Buddha statue, visit a local village to learn about the art and history of tea making. Walk through the fields, learn how to harvest, and about the different tea regions. End the tour with a tasting of various regional teas and sit down to a delicious local lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$169.24
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US$169.24
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Private Day Trip: Leshan Giant Buddha with Lunch

Private Day Trip: Leshan Giant Buddha with Lunch

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$194.99
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US$194.99
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Full Day Panda and Leshan Giant Buddha Group Tour

Full Day Panda and Leshan Giant Buddha Group Tour

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See China’s beloved Giant Pandas up close and the Leshan Giant Buddha on one convenient combo tour. After a time-saving pickup at your hotel, travel by private vehicle with your English-speaking guide to Chengdu’s top panda research facility. Stroll down bamboo paths and watch as the animals nurse, play, and tumble. Then, head to Lingyun Mountain and see the massive Leshan Buddha carved into a cliff-side where three rivers merge.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.52
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US$120.52
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One Day Private Tour of Leshan Giant Buddha, Huanglongxi Ancient Town

One Day Private Tour of Leshan Giant Buddha, Huanglongxi Ancient Town

Experience two of the Chengdu area’s highlights on this convenient all-day tour. After a hotel pickup, travel with your guide to Leshan Giant Buddha—the largest carved Buddha statue in the world—and take a boat to a spectacular vista overlooking the confluence of three rivers. Visit picturesque Huanglongxi Ancient Town and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant included in the tour price.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$237.00
Price varies by group size
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US$237.00
Price varies by group size
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Giant Panda and Buddha 1 day tour

Giant Panda and Buddha 1 day tour

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Check off Chengdu’s two star attractions in one day—a feat that’s not practical on public transport—on this convenient private door-to-door tour. Spend the morning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, then drive to the 233-foot (71-meter) Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a boat trip. Along the way, your private guide will enlighten you on topics from Buddhism to panda biology.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$173.34
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US$173.34
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Chengdu Highlights Tour of Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

Chengdu Highlights Tour of Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$187.18
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US$187.18
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Chengdu Giant Panda Bear Research Center and Leshan Grand Buddha

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 private day-long 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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$231.00
Price varies by group size
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US$231.00
Price varies by group size

1-Day Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha GROUP Tour

1-Day Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha GROUP Tour

Visit two popular Chengdu attractions, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Leshan Giant Buddha, without the hassle of planning public transport or learning how to drive on local roads. On this small-group tour, watch giant pandas as they feed and play and marvel at the Giant Buddha, carved into the red limestone cliff centuries ago, without the noise and distractions of a large tour group.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$140.00
Price varies by group size
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US$140.00
Price varies by group size

1-Day Leshan Giant Buddha Private Tour with the Lunch from Chengdu

1-Day Leshan Giant Buddha Private Tour with the Lunch from Chengdu

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Leshan Giant Buddha stands 133 feet (71 meters) tall where three rivers meet—but there’s more to Leshan than the statue. This private full-day door-to-door tour lets you experience the Buddha from every angle—from a boat, from the stairs in the cliff, and even above his head. Also visit the Lingyun Temple and the Leshan Giant Buddha Museum, and enjoy a restaurant lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$223.00
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US$223.00
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All Inclusive Chengdu Private Tour of Giant Panda and Buddha

All Inclusive Chengdu Private Tour of Giant Panda and Buddha

Experience several Chengdu top attractions in one day on this private day tour. It’ll be the ultimate stress-free experience with hotel pickup and drop-off included. Avoid waiting in line by having your entrance ticket to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding included. After seeing the giant pandas, you’ll travel to a UNESCO-listed site—Leshan Giant Buddha and enjoy a local lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$230.77
Price varies by group size
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US$230.77
Price varies by group size
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From Chengdu: All-Inclusive Leshan Giant Buddha Private Day Tour

From Chengdu: All-Inclusive Leshan Giant Buddha Private Day Tour

Discover Chengdu in your way on a private day tour with local insider, explore the World Heritage listed Giant Buddha in Leshan and be amazed by the largest carved Buddha of 71 meters high, make full use of your time to gain the best travelling experience. Comfortable & exclusive transportation, English-speaking tour guide, entrance ticket and local lunch are all inclusive.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$217.95
Price varies by group size
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US$217.95
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) costs USD 267.00. Guided Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) tours start around USD 267.00 per person. See all 186 Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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