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One-Day Buddhist Highlights Tour with Leshan Giant Buddha

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Buddhist Culture Experience
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Availability : Depart on every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Max People : Maximum 6 people in a group
Trip Overview

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.

What To Expect
  • Escape the long queues for a close-up look. Waste no time!
  • Use a telescope for a closer view of the Leshan Giant Buddha.
  • Understand ancient Sichuan burial customs at the Cliff Tombs.
  • Visit the biggest temple, Baoguo Temple, and the biggest Buddhist nunnery, Fuhu Temple, on Mount E’mei.
  • Be part of a small group with a maximum of 6 people, absolutely no shopping detours.
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 3rd ring road of Chengdu.
  • A friendly and professional local English-speaking tour guide will ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.
Detailed Itinerary

The Day Before Your Tour

We will send you the tour guide information and pickup time by email and SMS Message. Before 8 pm that day, your guide will also contact you or leave a message for you at the hotel about the pickup time. If you don’t receive that information, please call our 24-hour customer service at +86 18807734970.

7:00–8:00: Hotel Pickup

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.

Good to Know:

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.

8:00–10:30: Transfer and Tea Garden Break

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.

10:30–11:30: Leshan Giant Buddha

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.

Who Built This Giant Buddha and Why?

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.

Good to Know
  • Other groups, wishing to appreciate fully the Buddha’s magnitude, descend along the red sand cliff road to view the phenomenal Giant Buddha from the bottom, and climb up at the opposite side of the hill. There is always a long queue waiting to descend to the feet of the Leshan Giant Buddha.
  • Traffic on the staircase can come to a complete standstill for about 2-3 hours at weekends or on public holidays, especially during summer vacations. To save your precious time, we do a river cruise for a panoramic view of the Buddha, rather than trying to get a close-up look.
  • 11:30–12:30: Mahao Cliff Tombs Museum

    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.

    12:30–13:30: Lunch at a local fishing village

    Have lunch at the fishing village near Mahao Cliff Tombs Museum. You’ll have an opportunity to see a local giant salamander.

    13:30–16:30: Baoguo Temple and Fuhu Temple at Mount E’mei

    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.

    16:30–18:30: Transfer back to Chengdu

    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.

    Thank you for choosing Trippest. We trust this trip will bring you joy and satisfaction. It would be a great encouragement to us, and we would greatly appreciate it, if you would rate us on TripAdvisor or share your experience of our service on your Facebook or blog.

    Schedule and Pricing

    Adult

    Age 12+
    US$169/ Person

    Child

    Age 2-11
    US$159/ Person

    Infant

    Age < 2
    US$Free/ Person
    Price Inclusions
    • Transport between attractions, including pickup and return to your hotel.
    • Cruise to have a overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha
    • Admission to the Mahao Cliff Tombs Museum, Baoguo Temple and Fuhu Temple.
    • English-speaking local guide service.
    • Comfortable vehicle with air-condition
    • Simple set-menu lunch

    Price Exclusions

    • Admission ticket to the Leshan Giant Buddha.
    • Gratuities to your tour guide & driver (usually CNY 50 - 100 per person). It is not compulsory but would be a great encouragement for them.
    • Your personal expenses.
    • Hotel accommodation.
    • Airport transfer.
    FAQs

    What is the hotel pick-up and drop-off area?

    The hotel collection and drop-off areas will be within the 3rd Ring Road of Chengdu.

    For further distances, you need to hire a taxi to the appointed hotel which your tour guide will tell you the day before the trip.

    A Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off Area Map of Chengdu City

    What is your cancellation policy?

    • If we are not able to implement the contract due to war, flood, typhoon, fire, strikes, storm, earthquake, or any other condition we are not able to foresee and avoid, we will inform customers at the first possible opportunity and offer the best possible solutions, and the final bill shall be settled based on the service we actually provide.
    • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund of all money paid, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
    • From 3 to 7 days before departure: 90% refund, excluding penalties charged by hotels, railways, airlines, and PayPal, if applicable. All penalties will be itemized.
    • Within 3 days before departure: no refund.
    • After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for canceled services due to non-participation, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
    • For groups of more than 10 people: The terms of cancellation may vary from case to case. Please ask your travel advisor regarding the cancellation policy for your group.

    What if I want to make a last-minute booking?

    In order to making sure we have enough time to arrange your trip and make sure the availability we usually require customer make their booking at least 24 hours in advance and that’s why you can not book directly on-line for a 24-hour last-minute booking.
    But that does not mean you have no chance to book a last-minute trip within 24 hours. For urgent booking, please make a phone call to us at: +86-18807734970 to check the availability (usually it is available ) or send an email (not recommended as you may not get the response immediately) at: inquiry@trippest.com