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ONE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE. The driver was late coming to pick us up and we were afraid that we will miss our opportunity to hold/touch panda, however we were lucky and the day progressed as planed. It was raining so that kind of put the dumper on a things and panda that we took picture with and hugged was dirty and wet, BUT still it was some kind of experience. Other people's reviews are correct - YES one only has about 20 seconds to spend in front of the camera with the panda, but one is allowed to hug it touch it's back, face etc. Of course all this experience is overpriced, but how often are we going to do that??? As far as lunch while there - it is nothing that will fill you up, but it is o.k. survival food. The staff on premises is not especially friendly or approachable - EVERYTHIGN IS ABOUT MAKING MONEY!!
My wife, myself and our 2 year old son had a fantastic experience visiting the panda base and the Leshan Buddha. Our guide Ivy was very knowledgeable and always ready to help, which just contributed to make that an unforgettable day. We highly recommend Ivy and this tour.
Flora was a tremendous guide, and this was a tremendous and very well organised day! Flora - who is very relaxed, chatty and full of interesting information - met us at our hotel, ahead of a short metro, and hour or so train ride to Leshan. From there we were met by a driver who took us to a local hot spot for some super-delicious food. Flora ordered perfectly, and was also kind enough to jot down a few other dishes and restaurants that she thought we might enjoy back in Chengdu. The Buddha is an jaw-dropping feat of design and engineering, Giant indeed, and we took the not very hard route down to its feet, and back up and though the UNESCO national park, all the time, happily nattering away. Travelling back, we could not help but notice the traffic jams from the train window, and were very pleased that we opted for this time saving, and scenic option. We highly recommend this day tour, and Flora as a guide.
Our guide, Terry, was really nice and knowledgeable. The lunch provided was good, too even though the food was very oily. However, the trip out there took FOREVER. It was 2.5 hours each way. Also, we had to pay 70 RMB extra each to see the entire Buddha. The line to climb down was INSANE, so we skipped it. As we were waiting in line for the boat to see the Buddha, we were told that the water was too law, and the only we we could see the Buddha was by speedboat. So that's what we did. It was kind of annoying because the boat took us out there, let us take pictures for 5 minutes, and then took us back. Only about 10 minutes total trip. Plus, this trip was VERY overpriced. Only do it if you have money to burn in your pocket.
To say that I had a tremendous experience would be an overwhelming understatement. Amy X was exceptionally early and punctual in all of our agendas. Incredibly friendly, intuitive,knowledgeable in historical facts has keen culinary interest,well spoken English . We sang Beatles songs and had some good mood food after the tour. Should I ever venture into a business in tourism in Chengdu I would steal Amy from you. She has an indelible passion for all the great ornaments Chengdu has to offer.Thanks a million TripAdvisor and please thank Amy X. I left my heart in Chengdu. Ciao
We had a great time in the full day service tour with Amy, starting early on at the Panda Center, she helped us avoid the crowds and took us to very good viewing spots, then to the People's park, with clear explanations about daily life activities for the Chengdu city dwellers, nice Sichuan lunch after the Temple visit, and finishing visiting the old picturesque alleys.
The driver did not speak English and was not able to help me at the Panda Base as the other tour operators did for their costumers. Because of this the start of the day got a bit confusing, but everything got sorted eventually thanks to the Panda Base staff.
Best tour ever! And best tour guide ever!!! So glad that I had Amy as my tour guide. She was so easy to connect to that it felt as if I am accompanied by a friend and not a tour guide.
Amy picked me up sharp at 7.45 am from my hotel and we hoped into the travel company car and reached Giant Panda Base. Since we reached there at around 8.15, which was pretty early, we avoided all the rush and got good view of all sizes of Pandas one red panda actually walked past me casually!!. Amy also helped me pick up the right souvenirs.
We left the Panda base at around 10.45 am and went to South Chengdu Station to catch the high speed train to Leshan scheduled for 11.40 am. Amy shared more information about Chengdu and Leshan during the 1 hour train journey. We then headed to a local restaurant where I had some delicious food. Tofu soup was the best!!
I opted to take a 30 min boat ride to see the Giant Buddha as I felt it was wiser than spending time and energy in queues to reach the Giant Buddha. Hiking trip takes you too close to the statue that you dont get a good view. The view from the boat was amazing and I would highly recommend doing that. You also get a Sleeping Buddha View if you do a boat trip.
We then took a return train to Chengdu at 4.10 pm. This one took a little more time than the morning train but we were back to Chengdu South Railway Station by 5.30 pm. I was then dropped back to my hotel with some recommendations on where to have dinner.
I am definitely going to visit Chengdu again for a longer duration next time to explore more of Sichuan heritage and I will contact West China Go and Amy again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOLKS!!
Very successful trip made more so by Winnie our guide
She was very professional with a pleasant style but was also great fun to be with
Lily from West China Go went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect! This tour included the driver service from my hotel and Lily helped me book my volunteering and photo spots so everything went smoothly! I plan to go back to Chengdu and will surely book this experience again!