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Mini Group: One-Day Leshan Giant Buddha and Tea Terrace Tour In Lost Town

Chengdu, China
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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.
  • Private Giant Panda Center and Leshan Giant Buddha day trip from Chengdu
  • Visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base to see giant pandas
  • Learn about the center’s conservation work to help protect these rare animals
  • Travel by high-speed bullet train to view the Leshan Giant Buddha
  • Admire the giant cliff face statue overlooking the Minjiang, Dadu, and Qingyi Rivers
  • Entrance fees, return train tickets, plus Chengdu round-trip transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private guide for a personalized experience
Meet your guide at your Chengdu hotel, and settle inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle. Then, make the roughly 1-hour drive to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center on the city’s outskirts.

On route, hear about the goals of this world-famous project from your guide. Founded in 1987, the center works as a research facility, conservation education center, and international tourist attraction, and has created an environment that imitates giant pandas’ natural habitat to encourage breeding.

Learn how the center began with six giant pandas rescued from the wild, and how its work quickly expanded, with 124 panda births by 2008. Today, the center houses more than 80 pandas in a vast park of bushes, rivers, and bamboo forests. Head inside and follow the pathways to glimpse the pandas as they roam and rest.

Explore the educational facilities spotlighting the panda conservation work, and watch for the center’s other wild animals, including peacocks and red pandas.

Afterward, travel to Chengdu East train station, and catch the high-speed Leshan-bound bullet train accompanied by your guide. Relax on the approximately 2.5-hour journey, either purchasing lunch on board (own expense), or enjoying any snacks you’ve brought with you.

On arrival, take a taxi (own expense) with your guide to the Leshan Giant Buddha site. Measuring 233 feet (71 meters) high, this 8th-century stone statue is carved from a cliff face at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu, and Qingyi Rivers, and is the world’s biggest stone Buddha.

Take in views of the Buddha and rivers flowing past it and if you wish, walk down the steep cliff staircase to stand at its feet. Afterward, return by cab (own expense) to the station, and relax on the bullet train to Chengdu, where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.
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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
7:30 - 10:00, Hotel Pickup and Transfer to Leshan. The driver will wait for you at the hotel lobby (or another specified meeting place) at the appointed time, holding your name sign. After all group members have been collected, you will be transferred to Leshan, approximately 2 hours’ drive from Chengdu. Your group will have a maximum of 6 people. The tour guide will meet and greet all of you at Leshan Port. 10:30 - 11:30, Have a panoramic view of Leshan Giant Buddha by boat. On arrival in Leshan, you will head to the Giant Buddha Park and be dropped off at the boat dock. The tour guide will meet and greet all of you at Leshan Port. You will take a boat ride on the river to see the Buddha from a different perspective. The whole trip will last 15-20 minutes. The boat will take you right up to the Giant Buddha. Don’t forget to take a selfie, smiling along with the Buddha. Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha is carved into a cliff face over-looking the confluence of the Dadu, Qingyi, and Min Rivers. The 1,200-year-old Giant Buddha holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. His ears stretch for 7 meters, his shoulders span 28 meters, and each of his big toes is 8.5 meters long. 11:30 – 14:00: A Walking Tour at A Laid-back Old Town and Taste Local Leshan Food. After visiting Buddha, there will be 40 mins drive to a laid-back old town. Take a walk around the town where traditional lifestyles still survived from the modernization. Along the way we visit traditional workshops such as blacksmith’s shop, bamboo workshop, barber shop etc. Enjoy tea and chat and share stories with lovely local people in old tea house and later drop in one of the hundred-year-old courtyard house where it’s owner are so proud of and love to share stories of the house. 14:00 – 16:20: Tea Plantation Experience. A short drive takes us up to the mountain. The tea farmer will take us to the tea field, where we will learn a lot about tea from how to pick-up the best tea sprouts or tea buds, to weather conditions and different regions for Tea. Have a try of picking tea from the tea trees! Afterward visiting the tea business family to reveal the process of making all kinds of tea, let’s sit down in front of the farm house and enjoy tea – more stories sharing and learning of tea, as in of wine there are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in tea as well! 16:30–18:30: Transfer back to Chengdu.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Great guide- very helpful and in-depth...
Mahen M
, Dec 2017
Great guide- very helpful and in-depth knowledge. Would recommend.

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Couldn't find driver for 45 mins

star-2Hayley B
Private Arrival Transfer: Chengdu Train Stations to Hotel | Aug 2019
We had no idea where to find the driver. Instructions on where to go after getting off the train would have avoided us being stranded at the station for 45mins
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Lee was very good friendly well...

star-5Graham C
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Lee was very good friendly well organized . Fitted in with our schedule , help with food selection in old city streets driver very good clean car professional driver , well done to the both thanks

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Our guide Mr Jason was excellent, he was very informative throughout the whole day. The experience with the Pandas was also great, we had a lot of fun learning and helping the Center staff. Everyone was friendly. Having an opportunity to take a picture with the Panda was also exciting. Thanks to Mr Jason, who used my camera the whole day and captured our memories for us. This was the best trip for my daughter and I.

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Our guide, Cody, knew all the best...

star-5Jennifer V
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Our guide, Cody, knew all the best places for us to see the Pandas without any back tracking or wandering which we would definitely have done if we were alone!. Great stop for lunch as well. Highly recommend this tour.

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Well done. Arrived on time. Clean...

star-5Rod P
Mini Group: One-Day Panda and Chengdu Lifestyle Highlights Tour | Apr 2016

Well done. Arrived on time. Clean car. Good driver. Spoke good English. Very aware of how to show the best of the location. We had a great day!

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