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Amazing Tour. Loved the pandas, the buddah was just wonderfull und the evening show was a good finish of a great day. The tour guide was probably the best chinese tour guide I ever had.
Very enjoyable day with the morning spent at the Panda Breeding Centre with plenty of photo opportunities - a bit of walking involved but opportunites to stop and rest. We even saw the newborn pandas! Afternoon also good seeing the Leshan Buddha. Perhaps lunch could be a bit more streamlined - our guide seemed reluctant to order and as the menu was in Chinese we were lucky we had a Chinese-speaking girl in our group. Maybe just include a selection of dishes to suit everyone - eg. spicy/not too spicy, vegetarian, etc and add the set price onto the tour cost. Also because we were running a bit late we weren't all consulted about the choice of walking up to the Buddha or taking the boat - we were just taken to the boat. Still, a very good day.
both the pandas and the buddha were very special and worth visiting. My guide Joy was lovely, very down to earth. The trip to Leshan is a few hours, so it's a long, tiring day.
Guide was good, named Jason, caring and attentive. Lushen Giant Buddah was a good tour. I was disappointed with the panda tour which basically was the equivalent of going to the zoo. Tour description was misleading. Tour made us believe you could take a pic with a baby panda for a fee. This is not at all possible in this location. I would not recommend the panda tour.
This was the worst tour we have had the misfortune to join. The following are three major reasons:
1 Viator claims to have reviewed and hand picked every tour operator. In this case it was obvious that the China tour operator had subcontracted to a regional tour operator who had either further subcontracted to a local and/or then subcontracted to a freelance tour guide and tour bus driver - both terms here used very very loosely. What a disappointment. Neither had ever worked with the other and the bus driver kept getting lost. It took us over 1.5 hours just to pick up the group of 10 because the two kept getting lost.
2 Viator is very lucky there was not a road accident along the way. The driver broke every law possible - ran red lights, speeding, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, mid- road U-turns. At one point we almost got off the bus to try hail a taxi to return back to our hotel by ourselves.
3 The guide was hopeless - at both the Panda reserve and Leshan we decided to go off on our own as he was clearly clueless and out of his depth.
Our first and last ever tour with Viator.
Disappointed in this tour. First the hotel pick up did go smoothly but it was not in an air conditioned van. In fact this van was in rough shape, AC only turned on when leaving the city and for those of us sitting in the middle and back we got no air. I asked for the driver to make it cooler but nothing worked. This made for a tough day given the heat, humidity and walking that this trip would entail. It would have been nice to be able to ride in a cool vehicle esp because there was a lot of drive time - 45 mins to research center, over 3 hrs to Leshan due to traffic and 2 hrs back. Also, all seats get sold, so two of us had to sit with the wheel well - very uncomfortable given all the time in the car. I was disappointed as well because at Leshan the small group must decide as a whole to either hike or take the boat. The guide definitely swayed the group towards the boat. The boat is 30 mins at best and was not ideal. Since the car ride was so unbearable it was decided to not hike given the heat. So majority had ruled with no hike, but means you miss a lot of the Buddha. I would not reccommend this tour - if doing Leshan do it as a full day and do Pandas an alternate day. The Chengdu panda center is awesome, so worth extra time there too vs being constrained to get to Leshan.
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