Chengdu and Its UNESCO Neighbors

CD-1: 5-Day Chengdu, Leshan and Mount. Emei Tour
From: $799
Panda Photography Nature Culture

This tour covers the most popular attractions in Chengdu and nearby cities. You will see the cute pandas, the romantic lanes in Chengdu, and most of all two UNESCO World Heritage Sites-the Giant Buddha cut during the Tang Dynasty, and Mount Emei.


  • Meet the lovely pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
  • Witness the largest Buddha statue in the world in Leshan
  • Relax when walking on Mount Emei, one of China's most famous Buddhist mountains
  • Stroll along Kuan-Zhai Lane to see the well-preserved historic architectures

What's Included

  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Guiding by experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotel
  • Lunches mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Public shuttle buses in the mountains and a specified cable car
  • Cruise to see the Leshan Giant Buddha

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Class Superior Class
2-5 People $939 $799
6-9 People $739 $599
Apr.1 - Oct.31
2-5 People $969 $839
6-9 People $769 $639

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Chengdu Arrival

Your private driver and guide will be ready for you when you arrive in Chengdu. Sit back in a comfortable, non-smoking car, leave the hassles to your guide, and enjoy a trouble-free transfer to your hotel.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class).

Day 2The Panda Breeding and Research Center and Kuan-Zhai Alley Tour
The Panda Breeding and Research Center

In the morning you will first visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center, about 10 kilometers (six 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 view the pandas at rest or play. It is best to go early in the morning to see the pandas feeding at around 9:30am, when they are most active during the day.

Lunch is at a Chinese restaurant where you can learn about the Sichuan-style dishes.

After lunch you will go to Chengdu People's Park to have a deep breath of fresh air. Verdant trees and various flowers make the traditional pavilions and buildings much more graceful. You can join the local people to experience the bustle and chatter of a local teahouse in this area.

Kuan-Zhai Lane (or Wide and Narrow Alley) is the day's last destination; an ancient street with hundreds of years' history combined with modern elements. There you can imagine the old Chengdu by walking past the Qing Dynasty (1636–1912) style buildings.


March to May is the "falling in love period" for pandas. If you visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center between late August and December, you will have a greater chance of seeing tiny newborns in the Sunshine Nursery House.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class)

Day 3The Giant Buddha Tour
Leshan Giant Buddha

You will be driven to Leshan City this morning, which takes about two hours. After a short break and lunch, you will begin your journey to the Giant Buddha, which takes about 10 minutes.

Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1992, The Giant Buddha (cut in the Tang Dynasty, which took 90 years to complete) in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City, and is on Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River meet. The sitting Buddha statue is 71 meters high and has the largest existing inscription on a precipice in the world. Besides climbing to get a Lilliputian view of the Giant Buddha, you will also go on a cruise to take a look at the huge inscription.

After the tour, you will be escorted to a hotel near Mount Emei, which is about 31 kilometers (19 miles) from Leshan City.


Due to the limited hotel options and the humid weather on Mount Emei, the condition and services of the hotels are quite basic, but China Highlights has carefully selected the best hotel available based on criteria like hotel environment, location, service, and previous customer feedback. Your guide will accompany you to check the room. If you are dissatisfied with the room and there are other rooms available, your guide will be happy to assist you with changing it.

Hongzhushan Hotel in Emeishan City.

Day 4The Mount Emei Tour
Monastery of Ten Thousand Years

You will spend a full day visiting Mount Emei, which is another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China. You will take a relaxing walking trip from the Monastery of Ten Thousand Years to the Monkey Eco-Area. By first taking a public sightseeing bus at the entrance, you will arrive at the parking lot of the Monastery of Ten Thousand Years in 30 minutes. Jump on a cable car to go up to the monastery in a relaxed style in just 10 minutes without wasting any time.

The Monastery of Ten Thousand Years is the largest and oldest monastery on Mount Emei. Then, walk a few steps to Qingyin Pavilion to enjoy the natural beauty of the sub-tropical forest and waterfall. Walking forward, through a valley called Yixiantian (A Glimmer of Sky), you will arrive at the Monkey Eco-Area where you can see some piquant monkeys, but do not get too close to them for safety reasons. Then you can walk to Wuxiangang parking lot in 30 minutes and take a public bus back to the entrance. The whole journey takes about 3 to 3½ hours. Your guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel in Chengdu after the tour.


Gold Summit

1. Not a fan of hiking: If you don't feel like walking too much, your guide can adjust the itinerary flexibly to shorten the hiking route according to your needs. We can also arrange a round-trip cable car going up and down to save time and energy for you.

2. Visiting the Gold Summit: Gold Summit is only recommended on sunny days. Due to the humid weather on Mount Emei, Gold Summit is covered in mist most of the time (over 200 days in a year) and fog will envelope the nice views from Gold Summit. December to February is recommended to those who love snowy mountain views. There is also a small skiing resort on the way to the summit to enrich the tour.

3. To get to the Gold Summit: First take a public bus for two hours to get to the Leidongping Bus Station. Then climb the stairs for 30 minutes to reach the telpher, which lasts for only one minute. Walk for a further 20 minutes to get to the summit.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel Chengdu (superior class)/Sofitel Chengdu Taihe (deluxe class)

Day 5Chengdu Departure

Your private guide and driver will wait for you in your hotel lobby after breakfast. They will accompany you to the station or airport and help you check-in for your next destination.

Trip Notes

1. Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation. Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.

2. Get close to pandas

The Panda Breeding and Research Center has a donation program which allows you to take pictures holding a panda for about one minute by donating CNY 2,000 yuan (for reference only). Only 20 tourists are allowed to hold pandas per 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 take enough CNY cash, as payment by credit card is not accepted there.

If you want to get closer to the pandas and do something for them, you can join the volunteer program, which is available at Dujiangyan Panda Valley (90-minute hour's drive from Chengdu) and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base (2½ hours' drive from Chengdu). The program may last for one to three days and the activities may include cleaning and weighing fresh bamboo, feeding the pandas, and cleaning the panda enclosures.

Feel free to tell us your requirements and interests, and we will be happy to help you arrange a trip using our professional knowledge and experience.

3. Suspension and Reopen of panda photo and volunteer program

In order to protect the giant pandas from canine distemper infection, all the panda bases stopped the panda interconnect activities since January, 2015. Dujiangyan Panda Valley has reopened the volunteer program and the program to take photos holding a panda since March, 2015. The reopening date of these programs at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is still TBA.

4. Payment Methods:

We now offer 3 payment methods: PayPal, credit card authorization via fax and wire transfer. PayPal is recommended for its safety and efficiency. You can pay USA dollars, Australian dollars, European dollars and Great Britain Pound directly with your credit card or debit card, even if you don't have PayPal account.