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1 Day Giant Buddha & Huanglongxi Ancient Town Tour

Be Awed at the Largest Stone Buddha in the World

Want to explore something enjoyable beyond Chengdu city? Go Leshan Giant Buddha - a huge statue of Maitreya Buddha listed in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.

A visit to Leshan Giant Buddha requires about half a day usually. This tour will make full use of your travel time. You will firstly take a classic trip to Leshan Giant Buddha and get amazed by his magnitude in a close distance. After that, you will drive back to Chengdu with a stop in Huanglongxi Ancient Town – Chengdu’s largest old town with a history of 17000 years. Strolling around its well-preserved cobbled lanes brings you to the old time long time ago.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-CD-01A
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : History / Cultural
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Visit Leshan Giant Buddha which is the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha in the world and walk down the plank road to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer view;
  • Take an excursion tour to the time-honored Huanglongxi Ancient Town, a charming town with winding cobbled lanes leading to wharves and temples.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha - Huanglongxi Ancient Town - Chengdu (L)

Today's highlights: Leshan Giant Buddha, Huanglongxi Ancient Town

This morning, you will drive about 2 hours to get to Leshan Giant Buddha, which is carved into a mountain rock cliff and overlooking the river below him. As the largest and tallest Buddha statue, he enjoys a total height of 71 meters, with14.7-meter long and 10-meter wide head, 7-meter long ears, 8.5-meter broad insteps and 8.5-meter long toes. Even his one fingernail is taller than an averagely-tall people. The Giant Buddha was constructed in AD 713 to bless the boatmen from swift currents in river hollows. In spite of long history of over 1300 years, it is well-preserved because there is a smart water-drainage system designed inside the body to prevent weathering. You can start your close sight of his magnitude from the top mountain, opposite the Buddha head, and then walk down a plank stairway to his feet from a Liliputian perspective. You can also take a 30 minutes' sightseeing boat (extra fee) to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view from the river.

After Giant Buddha visit, drive back to Chengdu and visit Huanglongxi Ancient Town on route. Inspite of a history of 1700 years, Huanglongxi Ancient Town till remains its antique flavor given off by ancient buildings and old folklore custom. The featured layout and architectures make it a national film and television photography base and 150 more movies have been shot here. You can turn to any direction to find something interesting to explore, like courtyards, ancient banyan trees, or foot bridges. Strolling alongside the running stream or dabbling in the water which run through the town will be an enjoyable experience and you will feel a cool and refreshing summer.

Tour ends when your tour guide and driver drop you off at your hotel.

  • The Giant Buddha has blessed the local people for thousand years. The Giant Buddha has blessed the local people for thousand years.
  • 1700 Years Old Huanglongxi Ancient Town 1700 Years Old Huanglongxi Ancient Town

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+2 days to explore World Heritage Sites - Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei

Do not Miss out Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei in your Chengdu tour. They are only about 2 hours’ driving away from Chengdu downtown, and about 30mins’ driving from each other. As two World Heritage Sites of both nature and culture, Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei give you a chance to experience the long history and tradition of Chinese Buddhism, also enjoy some fascinating landscapes, including by far the tallest and biggest pre-modern Buddha statue in the world, wondrous mountain scenery, sea of clouds and magnificent sunset and sunrise (if you want to spend one night on the mountain), etc. A boat trip to see the panoramic view of the Giant Buddha is available in Leshan.

Generally speaking, you only need 2 days to visit both Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei together, usually traveling from Chengdu to visit the Giant Buddha first for a day, then visit the mountain and return to Chengdu in another day.

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You will take a 45-minute flight from Chengdu directly to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in the early morning. In the afternoon, you’ll go to Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You’ll marvel at Huanglong Temple and fabulous Five-Color Ponds. In the second day, you will visit three beautiful valleys in Jiuzhaigou National Park. The third day is for you to depart from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu or other destinations.

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The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Rita.

Yes I’m aboard the train for Guangzhou. It was a really great trip. I have recommended my colleagues to visit and to contact you if they do.

Simon - 2020.06.30‚ UK, June 30, 2020

Hi Wonder

I hope things are returning to normal for you and that the impact in your business of covid-19 has not been too depressing. Please forgive my tardy response, for which there is no excuse!

I flew from Shanghai to Saigon just 3 days before the flights were banned and managed to spend a great 4 weeks travelling through Cambodia and Thailand as well as re-entering Vietnam in Hanoi and touring back to Saigon for a week returning to UK on 22 February, where I completed 2 weeks of self isolation with my wife. As you will know we have been locked down for 9 weeks now so life is very different to how it was before I left for China back on 12 January! I have inserted my answers to your questions below and hope they are helpful to you.

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Wonder Wang, at China Discovery, was very helpful and responsive to my questions and needs and I felt supported and safe in a strange land, especially during a period of uncertainty when I lost key documentation and needed to ensure its replacement before I left China, and also during a time when many around us were conscious of the emerging coved 19 pandemic (Mid to late January 2020).

2. How’s the service of the tour guides during your whole tour?

Very attentive and knowledgeable. Maybe it’s my age (67) but at times I found understanding their English a challenge but they were all patient with me and would repeat their explanations when I asked them to. 

3. Would you like to recommend our company?

 I have no hesitation in recommending China Discovery to anyone looking for a bespoke trip to the land of Wonder that is China.

Thanks again for all you did for me during the China leg of my trip. I had a wonderful time.

Take great care and best wishes

Simon

Simon - 2020.05.25‚ UK, May 25, 2020

Hi Zeva,

Thanks for Advise, you also take care of yourself. Hoping we will be in touch, after this episode. You have blessed time, till we contact again.

Bobby

Bobby - 2020.03.14‚ , March 14, 2020

Zeva, 

China is still on our list, but not at this time. We have canceled other trips until a later date. I will contact you when we start making our plans to visit China.

Thanks,

Don

Don - 2020.03.11‚ , March 11, 2020

Hello Zeva!

Unfortunately, we will not be visiting China this year. We are very sad. Our daughter was working in Shanghai but had to come back to the U.S. so we will not be visiting her there.

If we decide to plan a trip to China in the future we will certainly contact you.

I hope you remain healthy!

Kim

Kim - 2020.03.09‚ , March 09, 2020
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  • The Giant Buddha has blessed the local people for thousand years. The Giant Buddha has blessed the local people for thousand years.
  • 1700 Years Old Huanglongxi Ancient Town 1700 Years Old Huanglongxi Ancient Town

Most Important Leshan Giant Buddha Travel Notes

1. Why Travel with China Discovery’s Private Tours?

Based in Chengdu (only 2hrs driving from Leshan) with more than 1360 good reviews on Tripadvisor, we always master the first-hand travel information of Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei and other beautiful places in Chengdu region. We know what is the best way to enjoy your own Giant Buddha vacation; Our private tour packages assure you the highest standards with great flexibility, comfort and personalized arrangement. You will your personal travel consultant, professional tour guide and a private vehicle which only serve for your party - nobody else. All-inclusive tour package to let you enjoy the best of Leshan as well as Mount Emei, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, etc.

2. How to visit Leshan Giant Buddha, walking or boating?

There are two ways to visit the Giant Buddha, one is walking from the entrance to the top area near the head and keeping walking down to the feet area of the Buddha along a zigzag plank road on the cliff, generally 1.5hrs~3hrs. This may require some waiting in line and large crowds but the view of looking up from the bottom is worthwhile. Another option is to take a boat to approach it and get a panoramic view, generally 30~45 minutes. This is a good option for those who want to avoid walking or waiting in crowds. Our tour guide will help you adjust accordingly based on your preference.

3. Where is Leshan Giant Buddha and how to get there?

Leshan Giant Buddha is located in Leshan city which has no airport. Travelers usually get there from Chengdu (about 150km/2hrs’ driving). The road condition is very good but traffic jams may happen during holidays and some weekends. If you arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport early, we can also book a high speed train ticket for you to get to the Buddha.

4. What else you can do in the area of Leshan Giant Buddha?

The Giant Buddha trip usually takes a half day. After that, you can transfer back to Chengdu, or traveling from Leshan to Mount Emei, which is a classic itinerary, and needs an extra day. You can stay a night at the foot of the mountain, then explore the mountain on the next day. If you come during March, August and September, you are suggested to experience Jiayang Steam Train and enjoy canola flowers/sunflowers. Leshan trip is usually a part of longer Sichuan trip which covers other popular destinations in Sichuan, such as Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Mount Qingcheng, etc. We can also design a tailor-made tour for you if you need.

5. Leshan weather and best time to visit

Leshan city has abundant rainfall with four clear-cut seasons. Weather in Leshan is mild with an annual average temperature between 16.5℃ and 18℃. It is suitable for travel all year around. Generally speaking, the best times: March to June and September to November when it is comfortable and less -crowded. It's always a good idea to avoid public holidays. Opening hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in April to Oct and 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m in November to March. Try to arrive in the morning for the best views and smaller crowds.

What to wear in summer? - light, quick-dry and easy to wear clothes, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket and comfortable shoes. What to wear in winter? - double layer jacket, long underwear pants and tops, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, wool blend socks, boots, winter jacket, winter hat, winter gloves, winter scarf. What to wear in spring and autumn? - long underwear, fleece outer layer,, light hat, scarf.

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