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

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A private vehicle will pick you up from your Chengdu hotel and take you on a two-hour drive to the Leshan Grand Buddha. Upon arrival at Leshan, indulge in a delicious Chinese lunch at a popular local restaurant. Afterwards, your guide will lead you to the Grand Buddha Temple (Lingyun Temple), located behind the Grand Buddha’s head. Marvel at the elaborate construction of its coiled hair, which is made up of around 1,020 twisted buns. Walk inside and marvel at the intricate sculptures and wall designs of the temple.

Then, follow your guide down the trail toward the left of the Grand Buddha. This walk usually takes approximately 30 minutes, but is flexible depending on any rest or photo stops you may want to make. Standing at an impressive 233 feet (71 meters) high and 92 feet (28 meters) wide, it is by far the largest carved Buddha sculpture in the entire world! Admire the grandeur of this structure as it towers over you.

Your guide will then lead you on another 30-minute walk up the trail on the right side of the Buddha to reach another temple. Walk inside the Wuyou Temple, a pink-walled building housing an abundance of calligraphic paintings, sculptures of terracotta monks and various other Buddhist artifacts. Follow your guide to the Arhat Hall, where you will see upwards of 500 Arhat statues. Outside the temple, take in magnificent aerial views of the Buddha, the surrounding forest and the Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River converging below.

For an alternative view of the Grand Buddha, take a boat cruise on the river (at own expense). After a full day of touring this World Heritage Site, sit back and relax as your private transport drives you back to your Chengdu hotel.
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  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Not included
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Boat excursion
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A great amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Anshika T
5 | 2019-07-03

This was an absolutely wonderful tour. My guide Worli was lovely. Very well informed. Spoke great english and was very accommodating to all my requests. What I loved about this tour was everything was included and more. Worli had so much knowledge on not only Leshan Buddha but all topics relating to Chinese culture. We also enjoyed a great lunch, where Worli helped me choose the best vegetarian dished one can find in China! highly recommend this tour and all other tours by this company,

Chris H
5 | 2017-06-13

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

5 | 2017-01-05

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.

P H Daniel C
4 | 2016-07-04

Actual tour as per expectation at time of booking.

4 | 2016-04-04

Firstly our guide 'Coral' was excellent, very friendly, spoke good English and the driver was first class especially with the traffic and 'non existent rules of the road it would appear'. The journey to Lesham takes about 2 hours and Coral gave us an excellent commentary during this journey. Unfortunately the weather was dreadful, luckily had umbrella with us. On arrival the crowds were everywhere, good job did not arrive in height of season. Throughout the visit to the Buddha, Coral gave a good history and explanation and we had a laugh. The wait to walk down the Buddha and up again was around 2 hours so we declined due to the weather conditions but Coral made up for this with her commentary. The lunch was superb. One observation perhaps to improve this visit is to climb up and be given the commentary and visit the temples then proceed to the 'boat option' rather than waiting up to 2 hours to fully view the statue then followed by the lunch, that way everybody would see everything. The return journey to the hotel took again another 2 hours so a very full day.

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