Have you heard: the Buddha is a mountain, and the mountain is a Buddha?! On this tour, you will gain a panoramic view of the Leshan Giant Buddha from a boat.
Find out about ancient Sichuan burial customs at the Mahao Cliff Tombs Museum. Visit Baoguo Temple and Fuhu Temple, two of the most famous temples in the Buddhist Holy Land, Mount E’mei.
In 1996, the Leshan Giant Buddha was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, together with Mount Emei. There are many more hidden Buddhist cultural treasures awaiting your discovery in this land of Buddha.
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Your guide will wait for you at the hotel lobby (or another specified meeting place) at the appointed time, holding the logo sign Trippest.
After all group members have been collected, you will be transferred to Leshan, approximately 2 hours’ drive from Chengdu. Your group will have a maximum of 6 people.
1. Hotel pickup and drop-off services will be available within the 3rd ring road of Chengdu. If your hotel is outside the 3rd ring road, we can arrange an additional transfer for you, or you can go to the appointed meeting place yourself. That transportation fee will be at your own expense.
2. You will have a reliable licensed local driver with at least 5 years’ driving experience, to ensure your safe travel.
3. You will have a spacious and comfortable legal vehicle with A/C and unlimited bottled water. We can provide a baby seat if needed. Please specify any special requests at the time of booking.
On the way, you will have a short break at a tea garden called Jia Jiang Tian Fu. Go deep into the garden, relax and enjoy the fragrance of tea. You may have an opportunity to watch people picking the tea. After that, we continue on to Leshan.
On arrival in Leshan, you will head to the Giant Buddha Park and be dropped off at the boat dock.
You will take a boat ride on the river to see the Buddha from a different perspective. The whole trip will last 15-20 minutes. The boat will take you right up to the Giant Buddha. Don’t forget to take a selfie, smiling along with the Buddha.
Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha is carved into a cliff face over-looking the confluence of the Dadu, Qingyi, and Min Rivers. The 1,200-year-old Giant Buddha holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. His ears stretch for 7 meters, his shoulders span 28 meters, and each of his big toes is 8.5 meters long.
A Buddhist monk called Haitong conceived the project in AD 713, hoping that the Buddha would calm the swift river and protect fishermen from lethal currents.
The huge project wasn’t completed until 90 years after Haitong’s death, but eventually, the story goes that just as he had once wished, the river waters calmed. Locals say it was the Grand Buddha’s calming effect.
After disembarking from the boat, drive about 10 minutes to the Mahao Cliff Tombs Museum, which has a modest collection of tombs and burial artifacts dating from the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220).
Viewed from the exterior, the tombs look like honeycomb. Much architectural art and tomb sculpture from the Han Dynasty is preserved in the tombs. The Mahao Cliff Tombs represent a specific burial cultural from ancient Sichuan.
Have lunch at the fishing village near Mahao Cliff Tombs Museum. You’ll have an opportunity to see a local giant salamander.
After lunch, you will be transferred to Mount E’mei, about an hour’s drive from Leshan. The Mount E’mei Scenic Area, including the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
Mt. E’mei is one of China’s four holy Buddhist Mountains. It is also referred to as Buddhist Fairyland. There are many temples on the mountain, among which Baoguo Temple is one of the most famous.
Baoguo Temple is basically the entrance to Mount E’mei, located at the foot of the mountain. This monastery was built in the 16th century, enlarged in the 17th century, and rebuilt in recent years. To the left of the gate is a rockery for potted miniature trees and rare plants.
Next, we visit another famous temple – Fuhu Temple, about 1 km from Baoguo Temple. Fuhu is hidden deep within the forest. It houses a 7- meter-high copper pagoda inscribed with Buddhist images and texts. Fuhu Temple is today the biggest Buddhist Nunnery in China.
Going back to your hotel in Chengdu will normally take about 2 hours. We will transfer you there at the end of the tour.
If you need to catch a flight or a train after the tour we will be more than happy to help you arrange it. We suggest you take flights departing after 10 pm or trains departing after 9:30 pm. Please click here to book the airport transfer for your onward flight.
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