Together being listed as the World Cultural Heritage, Leshan and Emeishan, at the same time, creates a sacred kingdom of Buddha. Both Leshan and Emeishan have a long history and tradition of Buddhism. Leshan is proud of having the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. While Emeishan, one of most sacred Buddhist mountains in China, is noted for fabulous temples, Buddha statue as well as the fascinating mountain view.

Our Leshan Emeishan photo tour takes you to explore in-depth beauty of these two world famous sites, and record the unique features with your camera from different angles.

This Leshan & Emeishan photography tour can be customized depending on what photos you want to take, and on the weather condition when you go. Feel free to tell your interests and ideas to your personal travel consultants!

Basic Photography Info

Travel Route:Chengdu / Leshan / Mount Emei

Travel Length: 5 Days

Tour Code: CD-LEPT-05

Tour Type: Customizable Private Tour

Departure: You Choose (you may plan it according to the best season and time.)

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of the Giant Panda. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to enjoy the leisurely life pace of this city on your own.

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Day 2 Chengdu ( B )

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Today you will first have a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you can explore the daily life of the cute pandas, and get close to the lovely creatures.

After happy hours with pandas, you will visit Renmin Park to experience the most authentic Chengdu local life. Having a cup of tea in a traditional teahouse, watching the local old couples dancing, joining in the locals to play mahjong or cards in a teahouse...You will enjoy typical leisurely lifestyle of Chengdu.

Then, move on to the Wuhou Temple, a shrine integrated with tombs of Liubei and Zhuge Liang. Surrounded by old cypresses and classical red walls, the temple creates an atmosphere of nostalgia. When stepping into the temple, you get the chance to immerse yourself into a sea of ancient profound culture and history.

At the late afternoon, you will move on to Jinli Old Street, one of the oldest streets to appreciate the local snacks and artifacts. For photographers, visit here in the evening will be the best time to get better photos with all the red lanterns lit up in the dusk.

Lovely Pandas in Chengdu
Day 3 Chengdu - Leshan – Mt. Emei ( B )

In the morning, after a two-hour drive from Chengdu, head to Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved statue of Buddha in the world. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the Giant Buddha was carved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain, used to suppress the flood. Enjoy spectacular view of the huge statue as you walking down through the narrow staircases to the foot of the Buddha.

After visiting the Giant Buddha, move on to Mt. Emei. Located 30 minutes away from Leshan by road, Baoguo Temple is the biggest temple of the mountain, which is also the final site for today’s tour.

Stay overnight at the foot of Mt. Emei.

Leshan Giant Stone Buddha

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Day 4 Mt. Emei – Chengdu ( B )

Today is your Emei Mountain Tour. First, take a eco-car in the Scenic Area to Leidongpin and hiking to Jieyin Hall, to take a cable car up to the Golden Summit (altitude: 3077 m). At the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of Huazang Temple and witness the breathtaking sea of clouds if it’s sunny.

Next, go down to Wannian Temple parking lot by car. Take a cable car up to Wannian Temple at the middle of the mountain. Appreciate the most beautiful landscape of Mt. Emei in Qingyin Pavilion as you hike from Wannian Temple to Wuxiangang parking lot.

Then return to Chengdu by road from Mt. Emei.

Golden Summit

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Day 5 Chengdu Departure ( B )

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Today is free for you until to be transferred to the airport / railway station for your flight or train to your next destination.

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Leshan Giant Buddha

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As the vivid old saying: “The mountain is a Buddha, and the Buddha is a mountain”. Leshan Giant Buddha was sculptured from the bold cliff of Lingyun Mountain body which faces the wide junction where Ming River, Dadu River and Qingyi River join together. The Maitreya Buddha is 71 meters high, sitting on the riverside, putting his hands on knees, facing the Leshan city with benevolent smile.

Best Sites for Photography

Giant Buddha

There are two inspirations for you to take some good picture of the Giant Buddha.

First is to shoot the detailed parts of Buddha, such as the Buddha head, eyes, hands, feet, even the toes, which all actually are very large. You can observe Buddha’s facial elements from the higher points, then walk down the plank road on the cliff to see his chest and hands. When you get to the bottom, looking up, you will get shocked by the Buddha’s majestic body. Here is the best point to shoot some pictures which show how tall and large the Buddha is.

Second idea is to take the panoramic view of Giant Buddha from the river or island in front of the Giant Buddha. You have two options: 1. taking a sightseeing ship on the river from which you can get close and full picture of Buddha; 2. find the full view from Sun Island which is only hundreds meters from the Buddha.

Sleeping Buddha

The Sleep Buddha is actually not a real Buddha but a vivid shape of sleeping Buddha which is formed by three mountains – Wulong Mountain, Lingyun Mountain and Guicheng Mountain. It is about 4,000 meters long, lying down along the river. Looking from afar, the Leshan Giant Buddha is the heart of sleeping Buddha.

Best Season for Photography

Summer is the best season to take picture of Giant Buddha when the prosperous trees and other plants create a green world. And the Buddha sits peacefully in the green cliff. In Summer, the river level rises, which is a good condition to frame the Buddha and rivers scenery together.

April to August is the best time to see the Sleeping Buddha when the blue Qingyi River joins the yellow Ming and Dadu Rivers creating contrast scenery.

Tips from Our Experts

1. Choices of lens

Telephoto lens is used to take photo from ship or Sun Island. While wide-angle lens is needed when you take some near shots of Giant Buddha.

2. Travel tips

If time allows, you can spend some time exploring the ancient temples and towers near to the Giant Buddha.

3. Transfer advice

Private vehicle arranged by us is most recommended because the convenient transfer from sites to sites while bringing luggage and photography equipment. High speed train transfer is also available from Chengdu to Leshan.

4. Accommodation advice

There are good accommodations in Leshan. But usually you are brought to back to Chengdu or transferred to Emeishan as a part of tour.

Mount Emei

There are thousands of places in the world which have fantastic landscape or enchanting cultural existence. But there are fewer places as Mount Emei which has both stunning landscape and rich culture experience. That’s the reason why thousands of photographer swarm to Mount Emei every year. So where to exploit your talented skills of photography on Mount Emei?

Best Sites for Photography

Golden Summit

Golden Summit is the second highest point on Mount Emei, 20 meters lower than WanFong Tower. It refers the geographical location as well as a group of Buddhist towers and pavilions. Golden Summit is a natural viewing deck to enjoy magnificent landscape. Overlooking far to east, you can see Min River and other three rivers flowing through up-and-down mountains. Move your eyes to north, the delicate Chengdu Basin lifting thousands of green hills and stretching as far as your eyes can see. You will definitely be shocked by the stately mountain range views of Himalaya from western direction.

Buddha Statue

A 48-meter-high giant Buddha statue of bodhisattva Samantabhadra sits on the Golden Summit, and blesses his 48 good wishes to all human beings. It is the highest golden Buddha in the world which now has become the symbol of Emei. Behind the statue is the Huazang Temple consisting of two traditional Buddhist houses. Both the Buddha and temple are gilded, which appears very dazzling under pure blue sky when the sunlight shining on.

Second idea is to take the panoramic view of Giant Buddha from the river or island in front of the Giant Buddha. You have two options: 1. taking a sightseeing ship on the river from which you can get close and full picture of Buddha; 2. find the full view from Sun Island which is only hundreds meters from the Buddha.

Sunrise

The sunrise on the Emei is one of the scenes that you can’t miss. The eastern side of Golden Summit is sharp cliff, and there is no other peak which is taller than Mount Emei. From the summit, you can see the sun slowly appears from distance as far as you can see above thick clouds, and make everything, including clouds, mountains, statue, pavilions shining golden light. The sunrise usually starts around 06:00 AM.

Cloud Sea

Since Mout Emei is the highest mountain in southeastern Sichuan, the splendid cloud sea appears easily especially in the afternoon. In the clean days, the cloudy sea floods the entire Emei Mountain except the Golden Summit. Other lower regions are also flooded by the cloud sea, only some high peaks, such as Wawu Mountain, Gongga Mountain still keep their appearance in the cloud sea.

Best Season for Photography

Summer, Autumn and Winter are all available for photography. Summer makes Mount Emei a green and flourishing world, but it is also the rainy and fog season. Autumn is a recommended season both for traveling and photography on Emei when the weather is cool, sky is clean, and mountains are colorful. Most photography prefer take photos in winter because the chances of seeing sunrise and cloud sea are much higher. Besides, the snow on the Golden Summit is a good setoff of your shooting.

Tips from Our Experts

1. High Altitude Sickness

Most people feels no trouble with the HAS on Mount Emei. But if you from very lower place, you can take some medicines for HAS as precautionary measures.

2. What to pack

It is cool, even a little cold in the night and early morning, so you should pack some warm and thick clothes. A pair of skidproof shoes is must, especially in winter.

As for equipment for photography, tripod and telephoto lens are needed to shoot the sunrise and cloud sea. Wide-angle lens are needed to shoot the Buddha and temples.

3. Transfer advice

Mount Emei is usually as the following trip after visitng Leshan Giant Buddha. Vehicle and high speed train are two popular transfer ways between Leshan and Emei. Our tour packages include private vehicle transfer.

4. Accommodation advice

Mount Eei has different levels of accommodation in different places on the mountain. Baoguosi area is usually the base where you can choose some high standard hotels. While Leidongping and Golden Summit also offer accommodation, but the amenities are not as good as Baoguosi region. If you want to catch the sunrise, you’d better accommodate at Golden Summit.

For more photography advice in Mount Emei, you can feel free to contact us and we are here ready to help!

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