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5 Days Chengdu Panda & Buddhist Culture Tour

Chengdu - Leshan - Mt.Emei - Chengdu

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Tour Code: TCT-CTCD-05A
Tour Type: Private Tour with private guides & vehicles

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Discover Chengdu's highlights and the world heritages in Leshan and Mt.Emei on this 5-day customized private tour, which not only offers you a chance to spend happy hours with cute pandas, but also an amazing view of the Giant Buddha and the breathtaking scenery from the Golden Summit - the top of Mt. Emei.
  • Day 1Pickup from airport and escorted to hotel
  • Day 2Visit Chengdu Research Base, Wenshu Temple, Jinli Old Street
  • Day 3Drive to visit Giant Buddha, then ascend the Mt. Emei and stay overnight on summit
  • Day 4Visit the summit and descend the mountain and drive back to Chengdu
  • Day 5Drive to airport for the flight home
5 Days Chengdu Panda & Buddhist Culture Tour Map
Day 1Chengdu Arrival (D)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Welcome to Chengdu---home of giant pandas. Upon arrival, your personal guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Rest of the day will be free for you to relax.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chengdu
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    chengdu hotpot

  • chengdu street food

    chengdu street food

Day 2Chengdu (B,L)

Highlights: Today you will visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, followed by a trip to the Wenshu Temple, then wander around Jinli Old Street for shopping.                                                                                                           

Chengdu Panda Base: Which is 10km from Chengdu downtown, and takes 35 drive to get there. The panda based was founded in 1987 with with 6 giant pandas that rescued from the wild. Through 2015, it has had 161 panda births, and its panda population has grown to 108. Located in the base, the Giant Panda Museum is the world’s only museum that focuses entirely on the critically endangered giant panda.

Wenshu Temple: Located in the northwest of Chengdu, the Wenshu Temple is a famous Buddhist temple in China. The present temple grounds were built in 1697 of the Qing Dynasty. Wenshu is the Chinese word for the future Buddha Maitreya, whose presence was found during the construction of the original temple in the form of persistent lights. Here you can find a fine cup of green tea and the best vegetarian food in the city. A tourist district called Wenshufang is around the temple, it is great place for food, souvenirs ,etc. 

Jinli Old Street: Originally built in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Jinli Street is 350m long and a concentration of Chengdu nightlife, snacks and folk culture. There are many cafes and bars here - including Starbucks. They blend modern elements with the old buildings harmoniously. It is enjoyable to sit on a wooden or bamboo chair with a cup of delicious coffee. When night falls, the whole street is decorated with beautiful red lanterns on the each eave of the ancient buildings. 

Recommended paid add-on Sichuan Opera show (RMB260=USD43/per): As one of the oldest and most interesting opera forms in Southwestern China, Sichuan Opera is an important part of Chengdu culture and a perfect combination of local dialect along with the customs, folk music, and dances from other regions. Besides the normal singing, and martial arts, Sichuan Opera has many unique features that set it apart, features such as fire breathing, changing faces, and juggling pottery. When enjoying the performance, visitors always amaze at different facial make-ups that are changed fast and mysteriously.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chengdu
  • wenshu temple

    wenshu temple

  • chengdu panda base

    chengdu panda base

Day 3Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha - Mt. Emei (B,L,D)

Highlights: On this day you will be driven about 2 hours to Leshan Giant Buddha, then drive 30 minutes to Mt. Emei, from where you will take 2 hours park bus from the bottom of the mountain up to the cable car station on the hill top, then take 10 minutes cable car up to the top, after the cable car ride, walk 20-30 minutes or so to your hotel at the summit.

Leshan Giant Buddha: Located 125km away from downtown Chengdu, and covers 2.5 square kilometers, the 71m-high Giant Buddha is the biggest Buddha statue in the world. It sits in a cliff overlooking the confluence of Min, Dadu and Qingyi River. A local saying goes: "The mountain is a Buddha, and the Buddha is a mountain".  Legend has it that an eminent monk Hai Tong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) often saw boats capsize in the turbulent river. Shipwrecks were a common place. Wishing to protect passing boats and calm down the rough river currents, the monk vowed to build a Maitreya Buddha. He made great efforts to collect the funds for the construction.

Accommodations: Stay overnight on summit of Mt.Emei
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    leshan giant buddha

  • leshan giant buddha

    leshan giant buddha

Day 4Mt. Emei - Chengdu (B,L)

Highlights: Today's morning you will get up early to witness the famous sunrise at Gold Summit, and walk around to see the other sites of the mountain. After the tour you will be take cable car and bus down to the bottom, then drive 2 hours back to Chengdu. 

Mt.Emei: Located 150 km away from downtown Chengdu, Mt. Emei is one of the four most famous Buddhist mountains in China due to its pleasant weather, gorgeous natural scenery, and ancient Buddhist architecture. With an elevation of the mount is 3,099m, around 1,000m higher than the other three Buddhist sacred mountains. The mountain is characterized by ancient pines, clean brooks, picturesque waterfalls and sea cloud. In 1996, it was listed as an UNESCO's Natural and Cultural Heritage site.

Accommodations: Overnight in Chengdu
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    mount emei

  • mount emei

    mount emei

Day 5Chengdu Departure (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Today you will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to next city.


    Meals as listed in itinerary

    Accommodation as listed in itinerary

    Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

    Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

    Private transportation with experienced drivers

    Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary


    China Visa

    Personal expense

    Travel insurance (Recommended)

    International flights to and out of China

    Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

    Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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