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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
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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.
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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.
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Leshan Giant Buddha option boat Cruiser or Mountain hike to Buddha grottoes

1 pickup from your hotel arrange fast train tickets +private car to save drive time 2 view Buddha by boat or hike buddha mountain both can available 3 visit hundred Buddha Grottoes and ancient Tomb and temples available 4 perfect english speak tour guide
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Private Leshan Giant Buddha day tour and Huanglongxi old town 8hours with lunch

Leshan Giant Buddha is located to the east of Leshan city and at the cross of Min river, Qingyi river and Dadu river, with 71 meters in height which is the largest and tallest Stone Buddha statue in the world. It was Built in Tang dynasty for suppressing the flood and the great project was took more than 90 years from 713-803 AD.There are two ways to visit the Giant Buddha you may walk to visit it or by Leshan cruise to visit it , today you can choose any way as per your wish but you have only one choice for the entrance fee from us, no matter which way you choose and we hope the Buddha will bring good luck to you and to your family.Later we will drop you to the famous Huanglongxi old town for photos and also you can try to buy local snacks.
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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.
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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.
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Day Tour to explore Giant Buddha, Hot Pot & Sichuan Opera

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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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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Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha Private Day Tour With the Lunch

Embark from Chengdu and enjoy a full-day tour of the Giant Buddha of Leshan. Carved from a riverfront mountainside, this ancient statue of Buddha is one of the most awe-inspiring attractions in Sichuan Province.Highlights:1. See the Giant Buddha of Leshan, the largest stone statue of Buddha in the world2. Climb the Buddha and enjoy amazing views from the top3. Learn the fascinating history of the Giany Buddha at Lingyun Temple and Museum4. Explore the beautiful region of Leshan
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Mini Group: One-Day Leshan Giant Buddha and Tea Terrace Tour In Lost Town

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.
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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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Chengdu Day Tour of Panda Base and Giant Buddha

Spend a day immersing yourself in the cultural highlights of Chengdu and the surrounding region on this seamless tour. Following morning pickup from your local hotel, travel via private vehicle to the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding for a special opportunity to observe and learn about these beloved animals. Next, sample traditional, spice-driven Sichuan cuisine when you visit a local restaurant for lunch. Finally, continue to the UNESCO-listed Leshan Giant Buddha before returning to your hotel.
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Chengdu in One Day: Panda Base and Giant Buddha Private Tour

Visit the top two attractions of Chengdu at a leisurely pace on a full-day private tour.  Thanks to round-trip transportation, your comfortable journey between locations becomes a part of the sightseeing adventure. Join your guide for narrated visits at both the Banda Base and UNESCO listed Giant Buddha. The well-rounded day conveniently includes lunch and entrance fees to both locations.
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Private tour - Magnificent Leshan Giant Buddha Day Tour

From every perspective you will be amazed at the scale and craftsmanship of the world’s largest and tallest stone statue, carved into the sandstone cliff where the Min and Dadu rivers come together. From the water it appears awesome and from the top you’ll appreciate the intricacies of the carving as well as the beauty and significance of the amazing natural site directly facing Mt Emei. Built over 1200 years ago and taking 90 years to complete, this statue towers 71 meters above the rivers.
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From Chengdu: Panda Base and Giant Buddha in One Day

See Chengdu’s famous pandas and marvel at the giant Buddha of Leshan on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit Chengdu’s top panda research facility and watch as infants and adults nurse, play, and tumble. See the largest carved stone Buddha—it took 90 years to create—and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch before returning to your hotel.
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Leshan Giant Buddha Private Tour

Leshan Giant Buddha, a must-see of Chengdu, was listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996 together with Mount Emei. This private day tour offers you the chance to visit it from Chengdu. As it is outside of Chengdu city, it will be much easier taking this tour. Your private guide and driver will be there for your group only to ensure you have a good time.
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Chengdu Highlights Private Day Tour

This tour covers two must-sees of Chengdu, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda and the Leshan Giant Buddha. Both of them are outside the city, so it will be much convenient taking this tour to explore them both. Giant pandas are a Chinese national treasure for a reason. They are just so cute that you want to take one home. While the Giant Buddha is worth to check out for its historical and cultural importance.
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Full Day Leshan Giant Buddha Private Tour

See one of China’s highlight attractions—and enjoy seamless logistics throughout the day—on this private tour of the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at your Chengdu hotel, and travel in a comfortable vehicle. It’s a roughly two-hour drive to the colossal landmark. Upon arrival, you can explore the cliff-carved statue, will learn about its history, and can visit the nearby Wuyou and Lingyun Temples. A traditional local lunch is also included in the itinerary.
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Base & Leshan Grand Buddha by high-speed train

A good combination that you can visit two top attractions in one day - Chengdu Panda Breeding & Research Center and the UNESCO World Heritage site Leshan Grand Buddha, it is a good choice if you have very limited time in Chengdu. This is an all inclusive private day trip with morning drive to visit Chengdu Panda Base by private car and then take the high speed train to visit Leshan Grand Buddha in the afternoon. As for lunch, you will try the local delicious street food and snacks in the local restaurant as Leshan is a gourmet city and attracts a lot people just for food. Highlights of this tour:* Catch the best time to see the active giant pandas at the Panda Base near Chengdu.* Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Leshan Grand Buddha, holds the record as the largest sitting Buddha sculpture in the world. * Take the high speed train to Leshan and enjoy the comfortable train ride in China. * Try the delicious street food and snacks for lunch in Leshan this Gourmet city.
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Chengdu Private Day Tour of Leshan Giant Buddha and Lingyun Temple

See the Leshan Giant Buddha, the tallest pre-modern statue in the world, without the anxiety-inducing experience of driving on unfamiliar Chinese roads or the hassle of haggling with taxi drivers. With a guide to walk you through the advanced artistic and architectural techniques used in this Tang Dynasty monument, finish this tour with a greater understanding of the Giant Buddha than a do-it-yourself trip can offer.
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  • 7 hours
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Full-Day Chengdu Private Tour of Leshan Grand Buddha

Spend full day to have a boutique day trip in Chengdu to visit the World Heritage listed Giant Buddha, marvel at the intricate construction of the Buddha’s hair, walk down a twisting staircase on the left side of the statue and be amazed by the largest carved Buddha of 71 meters high. Private English-speaking tour guide, air-conditioned vehicle, hotel pickup & drop-off and local lunch are all included.
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Private Chengdu Day Tour Of Leshan Buddha

Explore the most impressive of the world’s largest Leshan stone Buddha statue from Chengdu with our private English speaking guide and driver. Hotel pickup, entrance fees of sites, private van, driver , English speaking guide service and Chinese lunch are provided.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Tour to Leshan Giant Buddha with Lunch from Chengdu

Your professional tour guide and driver only work for you.See the impressive Grand Buddha from different vantage points and the Min River.
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  • 10 hours
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Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha Private Day Tour With the Lunch & Boat tour

Embark from Chengdu and enjoy a full-day tour of the Giant Buddha of Leshan. Carved from a riverfront mountainside, this ancient statue of Buddha is one of the most awe-inspiring attractions in Sichuan Province.Highlights:1. See the Giant Buddha of Leshan, the largest stone statue of Buddha in the world2. Climb the Buddha and enjoy amazing views from the top3. Learn the fascinating history of the Giany Buddha at Lingyun Temple and Museum4.Drift past the Giant Buddha on a river boat tour4. Explore the beautiful region of Leshan
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