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

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Chengdu, China
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

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.
  • Full-day trip combines Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha
  • Private tour for just you and your party
  • Travel via high-speed rail, tickets included
  • Lunch included
Be ready bright and early for pickup at your Chengdu hotel, where you’ll meet your private guide and take off for the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center. During your time there, you will get to see a variety of pandas, from infant to adulthood, and learn about the center’s mission to save and rehabilitate pandas.

Return to the city and catch the high-speed train from Chengdu Station to Leshan City. Watch the scenery out the window during the 1-hour journey. Arrive in Leshan City and transfer to the Leshan Giant Buddha Park, where you will sit down for a Sichuan-style lunch before exploring.

After lunch, climb the Lingyun Hill to visit the statue, which is 233 feet (71 meters) tall and carved out of a cliff, overlooking the confluence of the Qingyi, Dadu, and Min rivers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest stone Buddha in the world.

Walk down the Red Sand Cliff Road to see the Buddha’s profile from the bottom, then take the path over to the Mahao Grottoes, cave formations that are over 2000 years old.

Please note: on the weekends or holidays, there can be a long wait to see the Buddha. If you wish to skip the climb, you can go on a river cruise and see the Buddha from there.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
7:30am, meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby and be transferred to Chengdu Panda Breeding Center, a lovely garden with bamboo forests, swan lake, lush trees that will definitely make your visit memorable. In panda base,you will see pandas from baby to adult. Admire the panda babies while they drink, eating bamboos, playful fight, climbing trees, and sleep...etc. See some of the super stars - adolescent pandas (teenagers). There are 5 to 7 teenage pandas (about 3 years old) living in the big open enclosure. In addition to giant pandas, you will also see endangered red pandas. They are part of the raccoon family with long tails and beautiful red furs.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
After your visit to the panda base, transfer to catch the high-speed train to Leshan City, which is fast and fun and also presents an opportunity for you to mingle with locals. During the one-hour train ride, you will enjoy the idyllic landscape of the Chengdu plain. In Spring time, the land is blanketed by yellow rapeseed flowers and in summer time, it is carpeted by beautiful bright green rice paddies while in autumn, you will see busy harvest scenes.  Upon arrival, try authentic tasty Sichuan style dishes for lunch(Non spicy dishes and vegetarian dishes can be arranged) After lunch, river cruise to the  confluence point of 3 rivers to behold the panoramic  view of Leshan Giant Buddha. The  cruise ship will stop in front of Leshan Giant Buddha,you can take the full picture of the Buddha.In addition, from cruise ,you will see the whole Lingyun mountain like a decline  sleeping Buddha.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chengdu Metro
After cruise, if time permit, your guide will walk you around the old quarter of Leshan city to explore the local life before head back to railway station. Around 4pm, catching a train back to Chengdu.  Your guide will transfer you back to your Chengdu hotel where this day trip concludes around 6pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

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Great way to see both the Pandas and Leshan in 1 day
J L S
, Dec 2019
I really loved the trip, it was very well organized and the only trip offering both attractions in 1 day. Sharleen was my guide and she was patient, informative and a pleasure to be around. The bears are terribly cute and a joy to see. Lunch was excellent and seeing the grandness of the Buddha was very memorable. Overall a great day and highly recommend.
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My wife, myself and our 2 year old...
Felipe S
, May 2018
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.
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Best tour ever! And best tour guide...
Avinash P
, Nov 2017
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!!
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My wife and I were led by Jamie Jing...
billyleong
, Oct 2017
My wife and I were led by Jamie Jing of West China Go Travel Service on this tour. We enjoyed a good time in both the Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha due to Jamie's professional planning as we started early in the morning visiting the Panda Base due to the potential pre-National Day crowd. We were fortunate to see very active Panda having their breakfast and manage to mingle with a red Panda who came right up to our feet. We were blessed to see these cute animals in their natural habitat. For lunch Jamie took us to an old reputable restaurant in Leshan that serve all the popular food in Chengdu. We took the ferry to view the Giant Buddha from the river instead of walking/climbing the stairs jostling with the crowd and not able to view the full Buddha. It was a wise decision that travelers should consider when visiting Leshan Giant Buddha.
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Lily was a great guide which was...
Eben C
, Mar 2017
Lily was a great guide which was full of knowledge and very friendly. This tour not only gave us enough time to enjoy the Pandas in the morning, but by taking the high speed train, we were able to visit Leshan and the Giant Buddha in the same day without rushing. I highly recommend this tour if you need to fit in both these great locations in one day.

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