• Location: Chengdu, China
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Private guided tour of the World Heritage-listed Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu
  • See the impressive Grand Buddha from several different vantage points
  • Admire intricate architectural and structural designs of the Lingyun Temple and Wuyou Temple
  • Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Learn interesting facts from your friendly, English-speaking guide

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Day Trip to the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

Head of Leshan Grand Buddha

Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the scenery that sprawls on the 2-hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument. On arrival in Leshan, treat your taste buds to an authentic Chinese meal in a popular local restaurant. Revitalized, head to the sacred Temple of the Grand Buddha, located behind the colossal structure’s head. 

Marvel at the intricate construction of the head’s hair, gazing at 1,020 twisted buns, and then follow your guide down a twisting trail toward the left side of the mammoth monument. When you reach the bottom, gasp at the 233-foot (71-meter) height of the largest carved Buddha in the entire world and capture fantastic photographs of the sacred site. 

Next, explore the right side of Buddha to discover the Wuyou Temple, a pink-hued building containing an abundance of terracotta sculptures and calligraphic paintings. See the Arhat Hall, replete with 500 Arhat statues, then absorb panoramic views of three rivers converging prettily below. 

Choose to take a cruise of the river for an alternative perspective of the grand Buddha (own expense) then return to your comfortable vehicle for the relaxing ride back to your Chengdu hotel.

Customer Reviews

King Hung L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Martin is great! And he is very knowledgeable about each sight we have visited . I highly recommend him to anyone and wish him the best in this business. A reall professional!

Chris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

It's a long ride from Chengdu, but it is absolutely amazing!

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was great! The guide (Mars) was very informative and helpful. She was also really personable--it felt like I was hanging out with a friend. The driver was extremely professional as well. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing journey. The Leshan Giant Buddha is absolutely stunning. One of the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Our guide, Audrey, was extremely charming and professional, giving us great information about this gigantic piece of art.

John I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Some other reviews suggest that the boat is the best way to see the Buddha but I have to say that nothing can compare with the close-up experience of climbing down and then up the steps alongside the statue. It is good to get there as early as possible and also to avoid peak season. We were able to proceed straight to the steps.
Local lunch was enjoyable and chopsticks are not so difficult to use!
For me the two-hour journey from the city was also most interesting as it gave an overview of the villages, countryside and agriculture, all such a contrast to the city itself. It was just as much part of the experience and not simply a means to get there.
The guide, as with all Viator guides that I have met, was most informative.

Kelli G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Really cool!

Derek G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great day out. Its still hard to grasp the scale after seeing it. Great food included too

Vladimir C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had time to do both to sail to the Buddha and to walk to it. The second is more interesting.

phillip s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I was met by my guide the wonderful Jeli from samtour and our driver. We drove to leshan. I chose to take the boat to the Buddha. The boat only spends about 5 mins in front of the Buddha but that was enough for a great view and some nice pictures. Aftrewards we had a very tasty lunch in a leshan restaurant. All in all another pleasant day compliments of viator and samtour

Susannah v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We had an amazing time in Leshan. Our guide, Andy, taught us so much and made it a great day. Lunch in the village was fantastic too.
Thank you!!

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