Giant Panda and Giant Buddha Tour
One Day Panda and Leshan Giant Buddha Tour
Got limited time in Chengdu? No worries! China Highlights has handpicked the two best-rated attractions by our former customers: the Panda Breeding and Research Center and the Leshan Giant Buddha. It saves 50% of the traveling time by connecting Chengdu and Leshan with the Chengdu–Mianyang–Leshan Intercity High-speed Railway. A taxi will be arranged in Leshan to make the tour cost-efficient. Try the exclusive tour to make most of your time!
- Meet the lovely pandas in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
- Climb up to the largest Buddha statue in the world in Leshan
- Experience the most advanced high-speed railway in China
Chengdu city was interesting
Chengdu city was interesting, Helen is very helpful, kind.She was speaking in english wery well and understandable. We got a lot of information from the city and experiences there! Thanks for her help and time!more
Nov 2023, Csernakne Agi
Panda Volunteer Programme
Highly recommend the Panda Volunteer Programme in Dujiangyan! Our guide Daisy, was really lovely, very knowledgeable and fun! She knew the base incredibly well and made everything super easy. Daisy had lots of insider knowledge and could point out all the panda quirks, which made the experience incredibly fun. We had an extra day in Chengdu and Daisy was helpful with suggestions on the best times and way to visit each attraction. Even though she was only booked for yhe panda experience, she was happy for us to contact her the following day if we had any questions/issues!more
Nov 2023, D V
One of memorable experience of our visit to China
I strongly recommend this program for anyone plan to visit China, specifically Chengdu. Our guide Helen warmly took care of us. 3 nights of staying in Chengdu are enough for visiting key sites specifically Panda Research Center and Leshan Giant Buddha. We definitely looking forward to revisit Chengdu for our future China’s exploration. China Highlight will surely our pick for guided tour service.more
Nov 2023, Karn T
Hi, all, just wanted to take a quick moment from our trip in China to thank our guide, Henry Li, for being such an amazing source of information and help during our stay in Chengdu. Henry went above and beyond the basics extending himself by working to solve any issues that might have otherwise hampered out enjoyment. Simply put, he is knowledgeable, kind, extremely helpful and he can take you to the best hotpot in Chengdu. His English is excellent and so easy to understand. You should really see if he is available for your next rip to Chengdu.more
Oct 2023, Pennie B
Visit to Chengdu
My wife and I visited Chengdu and were met by our guide, Helen, the moment we got off the train. Helen was excellent looking after us for a couple of days whilst taking us to visit the Giant and Red Panda Sanctuary, walking around the city, assisting us with places to eat. Helen was extremely knowledgeable of the places we visited and has excellent english, we will be going back in the future and would definitely request Helen as our guide againmore
Oct 2023, Kevin Bennett
Helen is the best Panda tour guide going around!
I had a fantastic Panda tour with Helen in Chengdu City. From the moment she picked me up, my energy was low from a heap of travelling, but Helen quickly brought me up a notch with her breathtaking passion for Pandas. Not only did she provide a fantastic experience accommodating my every need, but she was also a genuinely kind and joyful company to tour the city with. I can't recommend Helen enough - you won't regret it!more
Sep 2023, Isaac C
Incredible 2 day tour of Jiuzhaiguo
Our tour guide Mary spoke perfect English, was so nice to us and took us to all the best sights in Jiuzhaiguo. It was an unforgettable tour with incredible views!more
Sep 2023, Declan O
Viaje a Chengdu con China Highlights y su guía Pablo.
Visitamos Chengdu y otras ciudades chinas con China Highlights en un viaje que nos organizó la magnífica Juana Pan. Al llegar a Chengdú nos estaba esperando Pablo, nuestro guía en espa?ol que nos llevó al hotel y nos instaló. Al día siguiente fuimos a ver el Gran Buda de Leshan y, aunque lamentablemente no pudimos hacer el viaje en barco que teníamos contratado debido a las condiciones atmosféricas, Pablo nos llevó a la cima de la monta?a desde donde pudimos admirar esta gran belleza. Después, hicimos una rica comida típica y caminamos por las calle de la ciudad y al día siguiente la visita nos llevó a callejear por sus calles antiguas, sus templos y vistamos el curioso "mercado de matrimonios" dentro del parque del pueblo. En definitiva una experiencia gratísima y que Pablo nos descubrió. Gracias Pablomore
Aug 2023, Eco C
Perfect tour in Chengdu
Been in Chengdu for a couple of days with my wife and my daughter 2 years old. We have been guided by Henry Lee, a very professional and competent touristic guide that have organized perfectly our short journey in Chengdu. Highly Recommended.more
Aug 2023, Adriano C
2 Fantastic Days in Chengdu with Helen
We had an amazing couple of days in Chengdu as part of our 2 week holiday in China. Helen was our tour guide and she was fabulous!! She had so much passion for her job it was infectious!! We went to see the pandas and Helen was able to navigate the site to ensure we were able to see the various panda houses and try and minimise the waiting time, we then experienced very local Sizhuan Opera which was intriguing and very entertaining. The following day we went to the peoples park which was very interesting and Helen was able to give us the background to the park and introduced us to some amazing activities and encourage us to participate. Our last stop was the Wenshu Monestry which was beautiful and again Helen was very knowledgable and led us around the monestry with great explanations behind what we were seeing. Helen also took us to some fabulous local restaurants and we ate incredibly well. Thank you Helen for making the few days in Chengdu so special and we will for sure be back!!more
Aug 2023, Sandra
Qingcheng Mountain Your Chengdu
I booked a tour with China Highlights to visit Qingcheng Mountain. Aaron was a brilliant tour guide! It was great to visit the birthplace of daoism- the temples were breathtakingly beautiful and the atmosphere was serene. Aaron was incredibly knowledgeable about the mountain, and was a really helpful guide for my stay in Chengdu!more
Aug 2023, Stuart
Chengdu Guide was Awesome!
Our guide, Helen, made our time in Chengdu terrific! She was very knowledgeable and got us to everything we wanted to see efficiently. She knew all the "insider tips", like which restrooms to use to avoid long lines, excellent food for lunch, etc. Helen was very flexible and changed our itinerary so we could see an additional site. She even entertained our six year old so we could enjoy more of a museum. Definitely NOT her job, but greatly appreciated! Helen was awesome and we would recommend her VERY highly!more
Jul 2023, Suzann Demianew
Best guide in Chengdu
Our expert guide in Chengdu, China, was Helen. She was just totally amazing! She had lots of energy and was able to get us everywhere we wanted to go. She was very flexible and changed the itinerary to add an additional site. That meant she and our driver had an extra long day. She really knew all the sights and little things like which bathrooms to use to avoid long lines. Restaurants she took us to had very tasty food. Could not have had a better guide. I highly recommend Helen!more
Jul 2023, Suzann D
We spent few wonderful days at Chengdu as part of our China trip. Our guide - HenryLi from China Highlights did a wonderful job and everything went as planned in the itinerary. Henry answered all our questions was flexible and made sure all our needs were met. I would highly recommend China Highlights and if you are going to Chengdumore
Jul 2023, Viki B
Best Tour of Chengdu
In July, we went to Chengdu as a part of our large tour of China. We went to see the pandas, visited a Sichuan Opera, and toured the local streets of Chengdu with traditional Sichuan Cuisine. Our guide Helen was very helpful during this trip. She was always trying to get us to places on time and made sure we did everything we could. This was especially helpful during our stop to see the pandas as it was really crowded and busy. In addition to this trip, she was able to get us last-minute tickets to visit an authentic opera with famous face-changing masks. During our car rides, she was very informative, making sure we had all the information about the beautiful city. We recommend staying there for more than a day as there are more things to do other than seeing the pandas. Helen was very attentive and always cheerful. We definitely recommend her for people who want to be more knowledgeable of Chengdu and want someone who is very caring towards their needs.more
Jul 2023, Jimena M
Helen wad fantastic!
Helen in Chengdu was absolutely fantastic! She is very knowledgeable, speaks English well and is very active. She was flexible, practical and ready to make changes. She offered various extra options and was very sweet with my child.Highly recommended!more
Jul 2023, Chiara G
Chengdu more than pandas
Our family of 4 including 2 teens visited Chengdu. I just want to say that we did much more than the Panda activities. Our favourite one was cooking and talking with a local family in their house. We had a hands on cooking experience. It was fun, relaxing and got us to catch a bit of real chinese lifestyle. Our guide Alex was so great at arranging this! He understood our preferences in all the trip. We had a great time. By the way I accidentally lost my phone one day. Sharon (the planner girl) and Alex solved the situation in no time. More than I expected from an agency. 5 out of 5.more
Jul 2023, gilberto b
Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong in Sichuan is a must visit!!!
my mom and I had a fantastic time in Chengdu visiting the city, Leshan Big Buddha and Panda Conservation. But the best part of the trip was travelling to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong (these two scenic spots are a MUST visit!!!) Our guide Mary was fantastic! We highly recommend her. She was accommodating, knowledgeable, and super friendly. She even helped carried our heavy water bottles for us (thank you so much). I highly highly recommend her and would seek her out again if I go again!more
Jul 2023, Sandy
Custom Chengdu with great guide!
Our guide Jason was a joy to travel with! He answered our million and one questions that had nothing to do with our itinerary, made us comfortable in unusual situations, was flexible, and made sure our every need along the way was met. We had a great time and would highly recommend China Highlights—and if you’re going to Chengdu, definitely request Jason as your guide.more
Jun 2023, Renata R
Great trip around Sichuan
My girlfriend and I booked a tour with China Highlights (Lucia Zheng was our contact there) around Sichuan. We have been visiting Emei Mountain, Kangding, Danba, Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, and many other impressive locations always accompanied with our guide Dong Jing and our driver. We are very satisfied with the attention and service offered by them, always being helpful and adapting to our needs. Dong Jing speak great english an german even better :) We would very happy do another travel with them. Thanks for a great experience!more
Jun 2023, Alberto S
Please check the general itinerary of the whole day. The train schedule is for your reference and our trip advisor will choose the train based on the arrangements:
7:30am: In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in urban Chengdu. Your guide will call you one day in advance to your hotel or leave a message to double check the pick-up time with you.
8:30am: Arrive at the Panda Breeding and Research Center, which is the easiest way to catch a glimpse of lovely pandas outside of a zoo. The enclosures there are large and kept in good condition.
10:30am: After the panda tour, your guide and driver will transfer you to Chengdu East Railway Station.
11:15am: Arrive at Chengdu East Railway Station. Your guide will assist you with the check-in process.
12:16pm–1:29pm (one hour): Take High-Speed Train C6305 from Chengdu to Leshan. Your guide will accompany you on the train. Note: Lunch is not included. Please prepare some packed food and snacks as lunch to enjoy on the train.
2:00pm: Go out of Leshan Railway Station and take a taxi. Note: It may take some time to wait for a taxi. The taxi cost is not included and is about CNY30/US$5 from the station to the Leshan Buddha each way. It is recommended to take CNY200–500 Chinese cash with you.
2:30pm: Arrive at the Leshan Giant Buddha and start the tour to climb up to the Buddha.
5:00pm: After the tour, your guide will escort you back to Leshan Railway Station via a taxi.
5:30pm: Arrive at Leshan Railway Station and the guide will help you with the check-in process.
6:35pm–7:28pm (one hour): Take train C6256 from Leshan back to Chengdu with your guide.
7:30pm: Your driver will be waiting for you at the Chengdu East Railway Station. Then your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.
1. Can I have a private car in Leshan? I don't want to take a taxi or the high-speed train.
Since Leshan is a small developing city, there is no decent travel agency offering private transfer serivce. For you to enjoy private transfer in Leshan, we are happy to arrange a private car and a driver to escort you between Chengdu and Leshan. It will make the tour more worried-free but more pricy, as the distance is over 142 kilometers (88 miles) and it takes about two hours each way. The tour cost is approximately US$50–80 higher per person. Please inform our trip advisor of your preference.
2. Can I take a cruise to have an overlook at the Leshan Buddha?
Due to the limited time, there won't be enough time for both climbing the Buddha and taking a cruise. The cruise lasts for about 20 minutes but it may take some time to queue. You can choose either to climb or to take the cruise.
3. What if we cannot catch the train going back to Chengdu?
We will purchase the round-trip tickets for you in advance and your guide will forward them to you during the tour. If you miss the booked train going back to Chengdu, your guide can help you change to a later train at the train station without extra cost.
4. What information is required to book the tour?
Clear passport copy is required to purchase the train tickets for you. Please also inform the name and address of your hotel in downtown Chengdu. It's recommended to book the tour at least 7 days before departure date so that we can purchase the train tickets with the best schedule.
5. What are the 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.
6. What is the Cancellation Policy?
In the event of cancellation we will refund any payment made to China Highlights (unless any cancellation fee applicable) within 14 days of our receipt of your written cancellation request. Visit here for more details.
7. What about the Gratuities to Guide and Driver?
Tips to the guide and driver are not included. If the guide's and driver's service truly satisfy you, our suggestion to the tips would be:
1 person in the group, CNY150-200,
2 people in a group: CNY100/person,
3-5 people in a group: CNY50-70/person,
6-9 people in a group: CNY40-50/person,
≥10 people in a group: CNY20-30/person.
The driver would be half the amount, and separate offer to each is best.
8. Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is not included. We carefully selected some insurance providers from your region that give you the best value for money. Click here to go to the travel insurance page.