At China Highlights your vacation starts the moment you touch down. Your private car, driver and guide will be waiting to help you with your luggage, hotel transfer and check in.
This morning you will first visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center, about 6 miles north from central Chengdu. You will visit the nursery to see the highly successful breeding program, stroll among the bamboo groves and shady walkways, and to view the pandas at rest or play. There is a panda museum where you can learn some information about giant pandas.
Good to Know
The Panda Breeding and Research Center has a donation program which allows you take pictures with holding a panda one minute by donating RMB 2,000 Yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas a day. If you want to hold a panda, please tell your travel advisor or tour guide in advance because you must book it at least one week in advance.This program is subject to the availability of pandas on that day. Please bring enough RMB cash as payment by credit card is not accepted there.
Lunch is at a Chinese restaurant where you can learn about the Sichuan-styled dishes.
After lunch you will go to Chengdu People’s Park to have a deep breath of fresh air. Verdant threes and various flowers make the traditional pavilions and buildings much more graceful. You can join the local people to experience the hustle ad chatter of a local teahouse in this area.
The Kuan-Zhai Lane (Wide and Narrow Alley) is your today’s last destination, an ancient street with hundreds of years’ history combined with modern elements. There you can imagine the old Chengdu by walking pass the Qing Dynasty styled buildings.
You will be driven to Leshan City this morning, which takes about 2 hours. After a short break and a lunch, you begin your journey to the Giant Buddha, which is about a 21-munite drive from.
The Great Buddha (cut in the Tang Dynasty, and the cutting took 90 years) in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City, and on the Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River meet. The sitting Buddha statue is 71-meter high and the largest existing inscription on precipice in China. Besides climbing to explore the Giant Buddha, you will also cruise to take an overlook at the huge inscription.
Kind reminder: This night you will stay at a hotel in Emeishan City (about 31 kilometers from Leshan City). China Highlights has selected relatively the best hotel for you, but due to the limited hotel options the condition and the service there are quite basic.
You will spend a full day on visiting the Mount Emei today. The Mount Emei is one of the four famous Buddhist Mountains in China. You can take a cable car for getting up or going down the mountain. There you will enjoy the picturesque mountain scenery, feel the profound Buddhist culture, and might come across the piquant monkeys (don’t get too close to them for safety). If the weather allows, photographing the grand scenery of sea of clouds on the top is highly recommended.
There are about 30 temples on the mountain, and the most renowned one is the Monastery of Ten Thousand Years. The temple is first built in the 4th century and was reconstructed in the Ming Dynasty. The Golden Summit in this temple is the pilgrimage destination of many Buddhists.
Your private guide and diver will wait for you at your hotel lobby after breakfast. They will accompany you to the station or airport and help you check-in for your next destination.