Both of Chengdu and Leshan are the most famous cities in Sichuan. Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province which is a part of the Chengdu Plain. With a history of four thousand years, Chengdu is famous for the ancient cultural relics like Sanxingdui and Jinsha sites. Apart from the ancient history, Chengdu is popular in the world because it is the home of pandas. Although Leshan is a small city located in the southwestern fringe of Sichuan, the city has a long history of more than three thousand years. The most famous scenic spot is the Leshan Giant Buddha with seventy-one-meter tall built between 713 and 803(during the Tang Dynasty). This is a classic one day panda and Leshan Giant Buddha group tour. Travelers will start from Chengdu, then visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Next, arrive in Leshan and visit the Leshan Giant Buddha.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu||Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha|
We'll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 3nd Ring Road) at 7:00 am ~ 8：00 am. At 8:30 am, we will drive to visit the Panda Research Base in the northern suburb of Chengdu this morning. 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.
Our pandas' tour will end at 11:00 am. Then we go on driving to Leshan.
We will have lunch after arriving in Leshan at 1:00 pm. You'd better bring some dry food with you in case you feel hungry on the way to Leshan.
After lunch, we will continue to visit the famous Leshan 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 12/person).
We’ll drive back to Chengdu at about 4:30 pm and this one day tour ends at Tianfu Square at 6: 30 pm, the center of Chengdu city. Please go back to your hotel by yourselves.