This is a journey that combines natural scenery with a cultural landscape. During this tour, you will have a chance to get close to cute pandas in Chengdu; then you will take the bullet train to Leshan to visit the Giant Buddha which holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world; later, you will have a whole day to enjoy the stunning scenery of Mount Emei - one of China’s top four sacred Buddhist mountains.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei||Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha|
|2||Bullet Train: Emei - Chengdu||Mt. Emei|
We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 2nd Ring Road) about 7:00 am and then drive to visit the Panda Research Base in northern suburb of Chengdu this morning. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. Through 2007, it has had 110 panda births, and its panda population has grown to 62. It is a huge, beautifully landscaped park.
After lunch (about 13:00 pm), drive to Leshan city to see the famous Giant Buddha which is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about 30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. (Optional: ferry boat ride at Leshan Giant Buddha, USD 10/person).
We’ll continue to go to the foot of Mt. Emei around 18:00 pm.
Today, you will spend the whole day to explore Emei Mountain. In the early morning (about 7:00 am), take the shuttle bus in the Scenic Spot to Leidongpin, then hike to Jieyin Palace to take the cable car up to Golden Summit which is the mountain's main peak at 3079 meters above sea level, seems to almost touch the sky. At Golden Summit, the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of the Huazhang Temple and enjoy the magnificent view of the clouds, mountains, forests. Then take the sightseeing bus down to Wannian Temple, you’ll experience the beautiful scenery by walking from Qingyin Pavilion, Moneky Zone, etc. to WuxianGang.
After that (about 17:00 pm), go down the mountain by vehicle and then drive to Emei Railway Station to take the bullet train back to Chengdu within only 1.5 hours. End of service. After arrival in Chengdu Railway Station, you need to go back to the hotel by yourself.