Take this one day Giant Panda
and Leshan Buddha
day trip to see the cute pandas and the hill-big Buddha. As Chinese national treasures, giant pandas live only in China, most of whom live in the Sichuan province. It is well known that Chengdu is the home of the giant panda and the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu is the best place to visit these lovely creatures. More than 90 pandas are available for you to watch them have fun and enjoy them play in the half open yard. You will also visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest Buddha statue in the world, which is said " The Buddha is a hill, and the hill is a Buddha
Your private Chengdu tour starts in the early morning around 7am when your guide and driver pick you up from your hotel.
Morning: You will then head to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in the suburb, just 10 kms north of Chengdu, where you can see the lovely pandas making various funny movements as they eat and play. There is a great possibility to take pictures of the pandas and also walk in the wide and fresh garden of bamboo, which is a pleasant experience.
After visiting the panda garden, drive to Leshan which is about 2 hours on the express way. The wide spreading landscape of the Chengdu plain will not be boring.
Noon: For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious Xiba Bean curd banquet. It is one of the most popular foods in China and the bean curd of Xiba is the most famous in Leshan.
Afternoon: After lunch, your tour guide will show you the wonder of the Leshan Giant Budda located on the side of the Minjiang river, also known as " Buddha is the hill and the hill is a Buddha." First, you will visit Linyun Temple, which is to commemorate the monk Hai Tong, who collected donations 1000 years ago under difficult conditions and started the construction of this huge work. You will then walk down the zigzagging trail along the left side of Buddha. The Buddha is a small mountain, from it is head to its shoulder, and from its leg to its foot is about 30 minutes hiking.
You will then hike up the right side which is a good place to view Leshan city across the intersection of Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River. You can take a cruise along the rivers to see the Buddha from the water (own expense - about $12USD). Then you will walk about 30 minutes to Wuyou temple, where you will enjoy the statue of 500 Arhats.
In the late afternoon you will take your 2 hours driving back to Chengdu, just enough time for you to have a short nap in your vehicle. Arrive in Chengdu in the late afternoon and your guide will take you back to your hotel or airport with plenty of great memories.