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.
Discover a 500-year-old town which still preserved traditional workshops and visit a 100-year-old courtyard house, enjoy tea and share stories with local people. Follow the tea farmer to learn about tea and have a try of picking tea experience.
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.
You’ll receive a welcome call from your guide via hotel between 6 pm and 8 pm, he/she will tell you the exact pick-up time for the next day’s trip. If you are not available at that moment, the tour guide will 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 +86-18074837277 or add WeChat ID: tracy-tang829, we will solve your problem soon.
The driver (not tour guide) will collect you from your hotel lobby (or another specified meeting place) at the appointed time, holding the logo of Trippest and your name sign.
1. Hotel pickup and drop-off services will be available within the 3rd ring road of Chengdu. If your hotel is outside that area, we also can arrange an additional transfer for you, or you can go to the appointed meeting place yourself. 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. You will have a spacious and comfortable legal vehicle with A/C and unlimited bottled water.
3. We go about travelling with the locals to carry out the responsible travel. We try to build bridges between travelers and the local people to deliver an exceptional culture experience. We hire local experienced tour guides in Leshan for this day tour. Because they know Leshan better.
After all group members have been collected, you will be transferred to Leshan by only driver, approximately 2 hours’ drive from Chengdu. Your group will have a maximum of 6 people. The tour guide will meet and greet all of you at Leshan Port.
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 visiting Buddha, there will be 40 mins drive to a laid-back old town. Take a walk around the town where traditional lifestyles still survived from the modernization. Along the way we visit traditional workshops such as blacksmith’s shop, bamboo workshop, barber shop etc. Enjoy tea and chat and share stories with lovely local people in old tea house and later drop in one of the hundred-year-old courtyard house where it’s owner are so proud of and love to share stories of the house.
Chinese Traditional Farm Tools
Rice Wine Retail Shop
Old Barber Shop
Taste Delicious Street Food Lunch
A short drive takes us up to the mountain. The tea farmer will take us to the tea field, where we will learn a lot about tea from how to pick-up the best tea sprouts or tea buds, to weather conditions and different regions for Tea. Have a try of picking tea from the tea trees!
Afterward visiting the tea business family to reveal the process of making all kinds of tea, let’s sit down in front of the farm house and enjoy tea – more stories sharing and learning of tea, as in of wine there are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in tea as well!
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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