Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha
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Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

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You will be picked up from selected hotels in downtown Chengdu between 7:20am and 7:40am then set out for Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda, which is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas as well as other rare animals. Founded in 1987 on Futou Shan, an almost barren hill, the base boasts research laboratory, animal hospital, panda cribs, playground, museum, kitchen, and a swan lake. You will explore the base till 11am before driving to Leshan.

Upon arriving in Leshan, you will take a break for lunch which is at your own expense but your guide will give you ideas and recommendations. After lunch break, you will visit Leshan Giant Buddha, the tallest rock Buddha statue in the world and carved out of a cliff by monks in southern Sichuan province during Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). The Giant Buddha is overlooking at the confluence of Minjiang, Dadu, and Qingyi Rivers as well as the sacred Mount Emei. Both Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei are currently listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Hike the trail along the Buddha and enjoy serene views till 4pm before heading back to Chengdu. Your tour will conclude at 6:30pm at Tianfu Square, the largest square in downtown Chengdu surrounded by lots of good restaurants, tea houses, shops, and entertainment venues. 

Chengdu Hotel Pickup List:

1 Buddha Zen Hotel

2 Chengdu Celebrity City Hotel

3 Chengdu Celebrity Hotel

4 Chengdu Fraser Suites Hotel

5 Chengdu Heyi Hotel Jiuyanqiao

6 Chengdu Jinjiang Hotel

7 Chengdu Jinyuanlou Hotel

8 Chengdu Kangsun Hotel

9 Chengdu Minya Hotel

10 Chengdu Minyoun Royal hotel

11 Chengdu Orange Hotel (shuncheng hotel )

12 Chengdu Rehe Spring Hotel

13 Chengdu Taihe Sofitel Hotel

14 Chengdu Temple House Hotel

15 Chengdu Theme Hotel &; Resorts

16 Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

17 Chengdu Xinhua International Hotel

18 Chengdu xinliang hotel

19 Chengdu Youke Hotel

20 Crowne Plaza Chengdu City Center

21 Diaoyutai Boutique Chengdu

22 Dorsett Grand Hotel

23 Grand Hyatt Chengdu

24 Haiyatt Hotel Chengdu

25 Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza

26 Holiday Inn Express Chengdu West Gate

27 Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Wuhou

28 Holiday Inn Gulou Express Hotel Chengdu

29 Hotel Lavende Hotel

30 ibis Chengdu Chunxi Road

31 Kempinski Hotel Chengdu

32 Niccolo Hotel

33 Rhombus Park Aura Chengdu Hotel

34 Romantic Holiday Hotel Chengdu

35 Shangrila Hotel Chengdu

36 Sheraton Lido Hotel Chengdu

37 Somerset Riverview Chengdu

38 St.Regis Hotel Chengdu

39 The Hotel Zen Urban Resort

40 The Renaissance Chengdu Hote

41 The Ritz-Carlton hotel

42 Tibetan Hotel Chengdu

43 Yaduo Hotel

44 Yinhe Dynasty Hotel
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  • Hotel pick-up from Chengdu downtown hotels
  • Escorted walking tour at Chengdu Panda Base
  • Option A for an escorted walking tour along Leshan Giant Buddha or option B of a boat ride around the Buddha.
  • Before arriving at Leshan Buddha, passengers need to vote for the choice of walking tour from the foot to head of the Buddha (Option A) or taking a boat ride (Option B). You need to make an agreement for the whole team to do together. The visiting time only allows to choose one option. By taking the boat ride, you will miss the walking tour.
  • English-speaking tour guide service
  • Transfers between attractions
  • Entry/Admission - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
  • Entry/Admission - Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Not included
  • Extra cost for optional photo opportunity with baby panda by request (RMB$2,000/person, proceed goes to Panda Research and Protection Program)
  • Lunch
  • Optional Sichuan Opera performance at a traditional tea house in Chengdu (RMB$160/person for VIP seat; RMB$120 for regular seat)
  • Gratuities for guide and driver (recommended)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Before arriving at Leshan Buddha, passengers need to vote for the choice of walking up to the Buddha (Option A) or taking a boat ride (Option B). You need to make an agreement for the whole team to do together. The visiting time only allows to choose one option.
  • This tour is a seat-in-coach tour, with a driver and a tour guide. You will share a coach with other passengers. There is no unwelcome factory or tourist shop visit.
  • Hotel information should be provided 24 hours before departure.
  • The scheduled hotel pickup time is between 7:20am and 7:40am. Your tour guide will call you at your hotel before 10pm the day prior to tour departure to reconfirm exact time.
  • If you do not receive a phone call from your tour guide the day before tour departure, please check with the front desk of your hotel for messages or refer to the emergency phone number on your confirmation voucher and call your tour operator.
  • Please note that pickup service is only available to guests staying at hotel list in downtown Chengdu area. If you live in the outskirt of Chengdu, please go to Sheraton Lido Hotel Chengdu to join in this tour. The pickup time from Sheraton Lido Hotel Chengdu is 7:30am.
  • From May to December 2019, the highway from Chengdu to Leshan is under renovation. Due to road closure, it might spend 60 minute or more on the road. You will arrive at Tianfu Square at about 19:30 to 20:00.
  • Optional Evening Activity: There is an optional 1.5 hours evening Sichuan Opera performance at a traditional tea house available at 8pm. The performance includes famous face changing, fire spitting, and lights rolling tricks by the performers along with puppet and hand-shadow impression shows. There are traditional Chinese musics playing while you sipping on a cup of Sichuan jasmine tea. You will be picked up from Tianfu Square and transferred back to your hotel after the show.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Felipe A
1 | 2017-09-05

If there was an option to give this tour zero stars that's what it would get. It is a mistake and waste of your time and money, and I will tell you why. First of all, please note that they sell the tour like "board an air-conditioned tour coach" and that you will have a guide. well, these 2 things are not 100% accurate amongst other ones. Please read the list below of some of the reasons why you shouldn't book this tour even if its going to the 2 places you want to go and has a reasonable price. 1. The guide was 25 minutes late in our morning pick-up and didn't even consider calling us to let us know. 2. The promised coach was a JAC mini van that the leg room was half that of a spirit airlines seat, please note you will be there for more than 5 hours in total, you will be miserable in those cramped seats. 3. The promised air conditioned wasn't turned on until I requested it, the driver would then turn it on for 5 minutes and then back off. This happened more than 5 times. We started to get upset and kept requesting it, he basically told us to shut up, that he got cold in the arms, so basically no customer service. 4. During the first 45 minutes of the ride to the buddha the guide was talking very loudly with the driver, almost like shouting. All the bus was trying to sleep and it was impossible due to the guides disrespect, we then had to ask him to please be quiet. 5. On our way back from the buddha we stopped at a gas station (because the driver couldn't fill the tank beforehand), the driver almost got in a fist fight with another driver at the station. The driver was extremely rude and unprofessional 6. The driver had no driving abilities. I'm actually glad I'm here today writing this review. He was passing cars where it was not allowed and hitting the brakes in an unsafe way. 7. The guide wasn't really a guide, he was more like a companion that was very very hard to understand, and barely gave any relevant information. Overall I am very disappointed that a company like Viator sells such a mediocre and misleading tour. Even though I'm aware the tour operator is not Viator you would except they do their due diligence in offering the best, safest and most fulfilling tours. Please note that this is only one of my first reviews and i will make sure that any other tourist that has the intention of booking this tour is aware of what they will be getting. Keep in mind that these are only a few reasons of why you shouldn't book it.

1 | 2016-09-24

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.

Chantal R
3 | 2016-08-02

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.

Christine F
5 | 2016-07-11

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.

Renee M
1 | 2016-06-26

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.

Ariane K
4 | 2016-06-13

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.

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